Nov 11, 2020

Update from Kolkata, India

Handwashing station at a school in Kolkata, India
Handwashing station at a school in Kolkata, India

Dear Friends and Supporters of Splash,

We hope as the end of the year nears that you are well and healthy. We have said it before and we will most definitely echo the same sentiment: thank you for continuing to be invested in our shared mission. 2020, for all its unforeseen events and circumstances, has been a year that has brought to light the importance of organizational pivots, continued learning, and sustained support. It has also surfaced a question that many of us have faced throughout this time – how does work, as we know it, continue amidst an ever-changing landscape?

With schools closed in Kolkata, India and no current confirmed date of reopening, Manish Joshi [Project WISE & Interim Kolkata Country Director] has shared with us a few updates on the progression of Project WISE work in India:

  • Sub-contractors have undergone training on infrastructure quality control and data recording.
  • Infrastructure work [drinking and handwashing stations] is completed at 28 campuses and is in progress at 16 campuses.
  • Technical walkthroughs have been completed at an additional 15 campuses.
  • The global Menstrual Health (MH) team and MH lead in Kolkata continue to build out the overall program with focus on virtual training and support, with 4 School Mobilizers receiving the MH training via the digital module.

Splash hopes to receive communication regarding a reopening date of schools in Kolkata shortly, but as of right now it is projected to be early 2021. Until then, our team is busy and ready to serve kids when the time comes for them to safely re-enter the classroom. We look forward to updating you during our next status report.

From all of us at Splash, thank you for you continued support.

The Splash Team

Nov 11, 2020

Your Impact

At a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [pre-COVID]
At a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [pre-COVID]

Dear Friends and Supporters of Splash,

Thank you for your continued support throughout the challenging year that has, and continues to be, 2020. As we look back at the year and all that we have been able to accomplish together, we are excited to share with you our latest Annual Report: Launching Project WISE (WASH-in-Schools for Everyone).

We hope you can view these incredible numbers and stories of impact with the knowledge that you are a huge part of what makes this work possible.

Alongside the updates and progress highlighted in the Annual Report, we also have some important country specific updates we would like to share. While schools have been closed in both Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kolkata, India since March 2020, our teams have been hard at work preparing schools for safely welcoming kids back to the classroom.

  • In Kolkata, infrastructure work has been completed at 28 campuses and is in progress at an additional 16 campuses.
  • In Addis Ababa, water infrastructure work is in progress at 31 sites, with 8 near completion.

Our team continues to explore how to best build out digitized programs to support students, teachers, and beneficiaries in this increasingly virtual landscape we find ourselves in. We look forward to sharing additional progress during our next update.

From all of us at Splash, thank you for your support.

Be well and take care!

The Splash Team

Oct 30, 2020

Schools in Addis Ababa are Reopening

Addis Student and Hygiene Club Member
Addis Student and Hygiene Club Member

Dear Friends and Supporters of Splash,

Thank you for your continued investment in our shared mission. We are not the first to say it, but 2020 has truly been a year of facing unexpected challenges, pivoting, and evolving to ensure we are staying true to our supporters and serving beneficiaries to the best of our abilities.

In our previous update, we shared more about our continued implementation work in response to COVID-19 in Ethiopia, particularly within health centers and quarantine sites. The Splash team has recently received news from the Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MOE) that schools in Addis Ababa plan to begin the process of welcoming kids back to the classroom the week of November 9th.

Our team in Addis Ababa has been preparing for this first phase of the reopening process. Just as we had to take a step back and reassess how to best serve students when schools shut down, the same approach is being taken as we figure out how to best enter the classroom again – with the health and safety of all stakeholders being our primary concern.

Below is a list of major work that the Addis Ababa Bureau of Education has done, or is working on doing, to ensure safety for students and teachers with the reopening of schools:

  • Construct 1,800 additional classrooms and 107 feeding centers
  • Purchase 10,000 combined desks
  • Distribute 3,000 water containers/reservoirs
  • Hire 4,000 teachers and 2,052 health professionals
  • Hire additional cooks and purchase more kitchen utensils
  • Provide face masks, soap, and sanitizers and disinfect school compounds

To help make sure that schools are safe for reopening, Splash is ramping up our work to provide clean water, handwashing and drinking water stations, and improved sanitation facilities at schools. We will also be relaunching our Behavior Change program early December. With schools planning to organizes classes in shifts of students to promote social distancing, we are carefully assessing the new attendance schedule and how to best modify our approach under these circumstances.

Throughout the year, we have had to revisit, revise, and reintegrate our methods and adapt to current needs and circumstances. We thank you for your continued support of this process and for believing in Splash’s mission. This vital work would not be possible without you.

From all of us at Splash, we wish you good health and look forward to sharing more with you in the future.

With thanks,

The Splash Team

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