Splash

Our mission is simple: We clean water for kids. Safe drinking water is the most essential life-sustaining requirement. There is no substitute - not at any price. In this day and age, in such a plentiful world, clean water should no longer be the privilege of some, but the basic right of every child.
Sep 5, 2012

We've chosen our first pediatric hospital!

Since our last project update, we have been conducting site visits at several hospitals we’ve identified as potential partners. We met with staff at each hospital to discuss working together and to assess their specific water needs and challenges. We have three sites we’re feeling very confident about, and one in particular we think is perfect. While we can’t release the name of this site until we’ve formalized agreements and obtained necessary permits, we couldn't wait to tell you about it!
 
This particular pediatric hospital specializes in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Their approach is a blend of traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and massage as well as speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The hospital has 300 in-patient children and treats about 100 out-patient children per day. There are also 100 orphans, primarily abandoned children, being cared for at the hospital.
 
Water is currently sourced from a 40-meter deep well and is stored in a large tank on the 7th floor. The water is very hard and also contains a lot of sediment, requiring the tank to be cleaned at least every two months.  There are two potential locations for installation, and both should have water purification systems. Also, each floor of the hospital has an area where they heat water, and ideally we’d like to pipe filtered water into each of these areas. The main challenge would be the re-plumbing that would be required.
 
We’re very excited about the prospect of working with this and other sites, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on our progress.
 
Thanks for your support!

Jul 23, 2012

Field Notes: July in Cambodia

Cambodian Kids & Clean Water
Cambodian Kids & Clean Water

In our last project report, we introduced you to our plans for our pilot hygiene education program at partner sites in Cambodia. We are thrilled to announce that we've selected the five partner sites! This is a huge step toward creating an effective, long-term health & hygiene program that supports clean water for kids in urban areas of Cambodia. As you know, unsafe water is a huge obstacle for children there, limiting their potential. Our work will be made exponentially more effective if kids learn essential hygiene practices and why they're important. We'll also be including their teachers, parents, and local government and health care workers in this program, which is crucial to making real, lasting change.

Here are the five partner sites selected for the pilot program:

Sangkheum Center for Children (orphanage home that also provides clean water for an elementary school across the street)
Wat Chork KG, Primary & Secondary (school)
Por Banteay Chey Primary & Secondary (school)
Samdech Ov High School
Salt Ministries (orphanage home and school)

If you click on one of the links above, it will take you to our online project monitoring tool, ProvingIt.org. As part of our commitment to (radical!) transparency, all of our project sites can be tracked online. You can even create your own login to follow the sites that interest you most. We post photos, results of water quality tests, and site-specific project updates--including successes and failures--for the whole world to see. Why? Because we think being honest makes our work better, and because as our supporter, we want you right alongside us in this journey. (Maybe that sounds cheesy, but it's true.)

Attached are three (amazing) photos from our sites in Cambodia. We're submitting them for GlobalGiving's upcoming photo contest, so stay tuned: voting starts on August 1, and hopefully we'll be one of the finalists! We'll definitely need your help to spread the word.

Many thanks,

Water for Drinking (and Play!)
Water for Drinking (and Play!)
Smiles at the Drinking Station
Smiles at the Drinking Station

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Jun 12, 2012

Notes from the Field: June in Cambodia

Here’s the latest about our work in Cambodia!

Two major things are happening right now: wrapping up our needs assessment and preparing to launch our hygiene education program.

Our Country Manager Mony (also the new proud father of a beautiful little girl—congrats!) has conducted in-person assessment interviews with 55 of our 58 sites since March—an amazing feat in and of itself. With all this information, we have been able to start vetting sites and create a more concrete budget for this project. Fifteen sites have agreed to a new water station, which will go a long way toward putting clean water to good use! Eight of the fifteen sites are contributing their own funds to help with construction—a huge commitment for them and an incredible investment in long-term sustainability. We can’t emphasize enough how it is the partnership aspect of our model that determines the success of our projects far more than any water purification technology.

We are also very excited about a potential partnership with Cooperation for Sustainable Cambodian Society (CSCS) for hygiene education. CSCS came highly recommended to us by PLAN international, with whom they have partnered for over five years doing hygiene education at schools. Rather than re-invent the wheel, we have put together a request for proposal (RFP) to work with CSCS and launch hygiene education programs at five sites (three schools, one school/orphanage, and one orphanage) where we already provide clean water.

CSCS is extremely thorough and their hygiene curriculum and trainings involve every level of school government, from education ministry officers to administrators, teachers, and parents—which is critical to the success of the programs (it can’t just be for kids or it will fail!). Regardless of how the proposal works out (and we are highly optimistic it will), they will be a great resource. Our goal is to hire our own in-country Hygiene Coordinator by September who will be supervised by Mony and work in parallel with CSCS. Together, we aim to develop our own hygiene education program once the pilot programs are established. We are waiting to hear back from CSCS on timeline and budget.

Thanks so much for your continuing support of this project. Don’t forget that June 13th is Bonus Day on GlobalGiving—any donation you make on June 13th will be increased by GlobalGiving an additional 40%!!

 Many thanks,

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