When Splash partners with a school, students' opportunity to thrive increases. This is not just because of the clean water they are drinking, but also because they learn the importance of washing their hands with soap and gain access to improved toilet facilities.
Your support for Splash goes well beyond providing durable water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure at schools. It also helps ensure that kids are actively engaged in changing student and teacher behaviors. In Kolkata, we work with democratic student leadership structures (called child cabinets) that already exist in every school. These student groups receive training on Splash's engaging, activity-focused curriculum to:
Educate other students and use positive peer pressure to ensure kids wash their hands with soap before the mid-day meal and after using the toilet
Work with teachers to organize soap drives and make sure soap is always available at the handwashing stations
Keep school grounds clean and free of garbage
Encourage others not to waste water and to use it appropriately
As the year comes to a close, we are excited to tell you about our plans for 2020. We aim to reach 150 schools serving approximately 60,000 children in Kolkata, India! Thank you for investing in Splash, and supporting children to learn and lead.
By providing clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets, Splash will dramatically improve the well-being of 1,200 students and 87 teachers and staff at Nigat Kokeb Kindergarten and Primary Schools.
Ms. Alemye, the campus director at the schools since 2018, is especially pleased about Splash’s work to increase students’ handwashing with soap. She noted that the schools previously tried to improve kids’ hygiene behavior through education, but they lacked the appropriate infrastructure for handwashing. She is committed to change and excited about the work underway: “I believe that that the improvements in the school facilities will improve students’ academic performance, absenteeism, and health. I will strive to make that happen in our school!”
Parents are also excited about the changes. Wessen, a Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) member at Nigat Kokeb, appreciated the presentation Splash gave to the PTSA. She currently boils water for her children, including her son who attends the primary school. She is excited for the installation of Splash’s water filtration system that will ensure clean water is available for all the students.
Over the next five years, Splash’s primary goal is to reach 100% of government schools in Addis Ababa and Kolkata, benefitting more than one million children and some 1,600 schools across both cities with comprehensive WASH infrastructure and services, as well as multi-year WASH education and behavior change training. This will be a major improvement over the current conditions at schools in Ethiopia. By 2023, all government schools in Addis Ababa will have clean drinking water, handwashing stations, and clean toilets that are cost-effective and sustainable for the first time.
Sep 25, 2019
By Molly Parus - Development Coordinator
Photo by Shivam Pandey
Splash has been focusing on our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) intervention at ten residential and day-boarding schools, benefitting 1,965 of the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children. The residential school system was started to serve urban kids from extremely poor households - kids like Hiran, an eighth grader at Rani Bhabani School.
Hiran is one of the boarders at the school and lives there with 90 other students. Rani Bhabani is their second home where they live most of the year. Hiran has one younger brother who studies at another residential school in Dumdum. His parents are day laborers that used to live in a slum a few years ago. Now they live in a housing complex for poor households with support from the government.
In his free time, Hiran and his friends play games and sports, like carom, cricket, and football. Hiran especially loves working in the library and has a special knack for managing the library’s books. He takes care of library management at the school and maintains a register to keep a track of the books going out and coming in every day. In addition to his work in the library, Hiran’s favorite subject is mathematics. To him mathematics is like magic - a wonderful mystery with fascinating results. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, he glows with confidence and says he would like to become a mechanical engineer.
Because of the support from donors like you, Hiran’s school is clean. Hiran has seen an increase in handwashing, a reduction in water misuse, and has developed a greater understanding of his rights. He’s had fun playing the different hygiene education games with Splash staff and learning about safe water and hygiene practices. But, most importantly, he notes: “Look everywhere. It’s so clean.”