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Jun 18, 2019

#MenstrualHealthDay2019

MHD Participants
MHD Participants

Celebrated on May 28th of every year, Menstrual Health Day (MHD) works brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, governments, individuals, private businesses, and the media to promote good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for all women and girls. More specifically, MHD aims to:

  • raise awareness and change negative social norms around MHM, and
  • engage decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyze action for MHM, at global, national, and local levels[1]

This year Splash celebrated MHD on May 29th at Addis Fana Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The school is large with over 2,000 students and the objective of the day’s celebration was to educate students, teachers, and the larger community about menstrual health (MH) and to help break the taboo that typically surrounds the topic. Key guests included Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau staff, television and radio reporters, and other local government employees.

An opening speech by the school principal kicked-off the event with an additional short speech given by Splash’s Director of Ethiopia. His speech highlighted the cautionary story of “Dinknesh”, a young girl who received no education on the subject of menstruation prior to her own wedding. At a very young age she gave birth, only to die from infection. The audiences received the story with full attention. Additional activities included:

  • Music – girls from the Hygiene Club sang a famous song on the subject of “female confidence”
  • Drama – a skitdealing with MH was presented. The key message covered how menstruation is natural process and that parents need to be aware and educate daughters before their menarche, how to use sanitary pad, dispose of it properly, etc
  • Poems – two poems about menstruation were presented by a teacher and a student
  • Music and dancing – programs music and dancing made the event more colorful
  • Visit to new toilet block – key guests visited the brand-new Splash constructed, MH friendly toilet
  • Brochures – more than 600 brochures about MHdistributed to attendees
  • Ribbons – 800 pink ribbons were distributed

 Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success!

 

 

[1]https://menstrualhygieneday.org/about/about-mhday/

Apr 3, 2019

Introducing Project WISE (WASH-in-Schools for Everyone)

Next month, Splash's Seattle office is hosting two of our leaders from India: Dora Chaudhuri, Country Director, and Manish Joshi, Director for Project WISE (WASH-in-Schools for Everyone).  They will spend valuable face time with colleagues to plan the launch of Project WISE, an initiative to reach every government school in Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with WASH infrastructure (water storage, filtration systems, drinking and handwashing stations, and improved toilet facilities), behavior change programs for children and adults, and strengthened menstrual health services for girls aged 10 and above.

In Kolkata, Splash has reached 194 schools serving 55,985 children. Through Project WISE, we will reach approximately 450 schools serving nearly 500,000 children by 2023.

Splash's efforts in Kolkata will benefit even more children at schools like Paik Para Raja Manindra Memorial Primary & Higher Secondary Schools. These schools serve over 400 kids who previous to our intervention had to deal with broken taps, dirty, leaking toilets, and no access to hygiene education.

Because of your support, these schools now have a functional ultra-filtration system that removes 99.999% of the bacteria from their water. They have two drinking water stations with six taps and one handwashing station with two taps that help keep the kids healthy, as well as sparkly clean new sanitation facilities that are well-lit and provide privacy. Splash also helped form an active child cabinet and trained twenty focal teachers that have spread hygiene messaging across their schools. The fifty-three active student hygiene club members help keep their schools clean and encourage their peers to practice healthy behaviors.

This fall the highly motivated child cabinet decided to hold a rally with placards in the surrounding community. The placards carried messages about health and hygiene. They also spoke to members in the community to spread awareness about good health and hygiene practices. The awareness messages were aligned with the things they learned from Splash during their hygiene training.

This dedication and leadership would not have been possible without your support. Our goal is to create a shift in society where communities will expect, demand, and obtain safe water and decent toilets, as a basic human right. Efforts like these will help to eventually ensure access to safe, reliable, and affordable water and sanitation, cornerstones of a thriving and healthy community.

We are excited to expand our impact through the help of corporate, foundation, and government partners - and donors like you!

Mar 20, 2019

Introducing Project WISE (WASH-in-Schools for Everyone)

This week, Splash's Seattle office is hosting two of our leaders from Ethiopia: Dawit Alemishet, Country Director, and Kelbessa Wordofa, Director for Project WISE (WASH-in-Schools for Everyone).  They are spending time with colleagues to plan the launch of Project WISE, an initiative to reach every government school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kolkata, India with WASH infrastructure (water storage, filtration systems, drinking and handwashing stations, and improved toilet facilities), behavior change programs for children and adults, and strengthened menstrual health services for girls aged 10 and above.

In Addis Ababa, Splash has reached 79 schools serving 78,000 children in Addis Ababa. Through Project WISE, we will reach approximately 450 schools serving nearly 500,000 children by 2023.

Splash's efforts will benefit even more children like Kidist, a fifth-grader who is 11 years old. Kidist is very pleased about the improvements that Splash has made at her school. She especially loves the different colored drinking and handwashing stations and is attracted to wash her hands and drink from them.

In the past, she and her brothers used to bring water from home, but it was never enough to last all day. As Kidist explained, they couldn't bring a very big bottle of water, since her parents don't have access to water in their home and needed to source water from the neighborhood tap. Sometimes her brothers finished their water before lunch, and she would share her own half-liter bottle with them.

Thanks to Splash, Kidist is happy her brothers and other students can access clean water at school all day.

We are excited to expand our impact through the help of corporate, foundation, and government partners - and donors like you!

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