We are excited about the incredible work being done in Cambodia. After 6 years and more than 60 sites (that's over 62,500 children having access to clean water every day!), Splash is continuing to move ahead with finding the best ways of meeting water needs. Our partnership with the local community has taught us that we can do the most good in Cambodia by becoming a fully localized, self-sustaining social enterprise. With support from incredible people like you, that is exactly what we're doing.
Check out our website to find out more about the latest developments in Splash~Cambodia. The site is regularly updated and is the best way to track Splash's progress in Cambodia and beyond.
Want to learn more about Splash? Watch this TEDx talk by our founder, Eric Stowe, about how and, more importantly, why we do what we do.
In the end, it all comes down to the smiles. Seeing the grins on the faces of children tasting clean water for the first time inspires us more than anything. Clean water means that kids have a much better chance at living healthier lives and having brighter futures. Join us as we continue to work towards making this a reality.
Splash-Cambodia continues to ensure clean water for kids ~ For the latest on our strategy and impact, please visit http://splash.org/where/cambodia where you'll really get a solid view of the work you are making possible.
2014 has been a fascinating year for Splash in Cambodia, as we begin our transition from the early years (ensuring that technology, supply chains, and partnerships are all strong enough to ensure clean water for kids) and begin to transition toward development of locally-rooted, social enterprise that can keep these solutions living on within the local economy -- as a business, and not a charity-driven model.
We are super excited about this transition, and hope you might be interested in learning about how this model will have greater impact and true sustainability.
Also... if you haven't ever seen this... the core story of Splash that informs all of our work is viewable in this TEDx Talk by Eric Stowe.
The following is a postcard from Charissa Murphy, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Southeast Asia, about her recent visit to Splash in Cambodia.
Running across the dirt-covered school courtyard, students in weathered uniforms race to the clean water fountain station. Some of the children carry jugs or bottles with them, while others chase more instant heat relief and hydration. Regardless of their size, they leap up in enthusiasm to turn the faucet knobs, feet hanging off the ground and their heads or water jugs completely submerged under the water steam. The excitement for water ripples throughout the campus and in the smiles of each of the children.
This clean water at the school serves thousands within the community. Splash installed both the water station as well as the filter system with a UV light that keeps the water clean and healthy, thus improving the health and quality of life for each family it touches.
Splash also showed me the system it installed at a local non-profit (NGO) that supports hundreds of people each day with livelihood skills and vocational training. This water not only feeds their thirst, but it also is used for cooking and baking, which then serves the entire set of students and teachers in the buildings within the NGO's programs.
If only these water systems could be installed everywhere, then we would certainly have a much healthier, happier world.
I want to thank Splash for allowing me to visit!
Clean water makes a HUGE difference to kids -- Imagine if YOU had to drink water with e. coli or fecal coliform in it. (Yuck!)
Many kids don't have a choice.
In Cambodia (both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap) Splash is making sure that schools have clean water and hygiene education services, plus also orphanages and shelters.
Our latest report is that we have water flowing in Cambodia for over 62,000 kids. For a closer look, please see: http://www.splash.org/where/country/cambodia
For examples of specific sites, please see:
Chamroeun Phal Primary School
Thank YOU for making such a difference in kids' lives!
Several Splash staff recently travelled to Cambodia to visit the children supported by your gifts! They were full of smiles, and eagerly toured us around their facilities (whether an orphanage, a center for street kids, or a school).
We promised we'd tell you "Thank you!" (The photos here are from those very conversations.)
Here is what is most exciting now: Having secured clean water in many sites in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Splash is now augmenting the impact of clean water through hygiene education (for example, teaching kids to wash hands after using the toilet, and before meals) because clean hands + safe water have a far greater positive effect than clean water alone.
Thank you for your support - Clean water for kids in Cambodia is possible, it is increasing, and you are part of the solution!
P.S., You can always follow Splash in Cambodia at this link.
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