Jun 25, 2021

Mid Year Check-in

Hygiene club training
Hygiene club training

Dear Friends, 

It has been a busy quarter for Splash as we work to stay on track with our ambitious goals to reach every goernment school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by the end of 2023. While there have been many challenges and delays due to COVID-19, we are proud to share our mid-year progress numbers with you. 

Since the beginning of the year, we have been able to install: 

  • 266 drinking stations
  • 264 handwashing stations
  • 45 water storage tanks (which means one million liters of water storage!)

In addition, our team has also been able to conduct 77 Hygiene Club training sessions (pictured). After being closed for a majority of 2020, most schools in Ethiopia have been open since January 2021. Our team continues to take extensive safety precautions for our team and at the schools we serve. 

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Splash's work to bring WASH in schools to underserved communities is critial and a cause for hope. As schools continue to reopen, facilities for handwashing with soap and programs to encourage positive hygiene behaviors remain a public health imperative. 

None of this is possible without our team in country and the support from donors like you. If these previous months have shown us anything, it's that passionate people, working together, can make all the difference. 

We're so incredibly grateful and happy to have your support and we look forward to sharing more next time. 

-Team Splash

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Mar 11, 2021

Schools in Kolkata are Reopening

Dear Friends and Supporters of Splash,

This is our first time being able to update you on work in Kolkata since we all welcomed the new year.

While not all schools in Kolkata have reopened, we are able to share that Grades 9 and 10 have started welcoming students back to the classroom. Throughout school closures, we have been able to continue our infrastructure work and are excited to share that we have completed all infrastructure work at 122 sites that are part of our Group 2 section.

Along with completing infrastructure work for Group 2, we have begun this same process of work for Group 3 sites. So far, this includes completing the initial engagement at 43 sites as well as completing technical walkthroughs at an additional 20 campuses.

As schools in Kolkata begin to reopen, our team is preparing to resume our Behavior Change activities. We look forward to sharing more during our next update!

A sincere thanks from our entire global team for your support. We look forward to continuing to do this work on behalf of the kids we serve, which would not be possible without your commitment to our mission and vision.

Until next time!

Team Splash

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Mar 11, 2021

Report for Clean water for one million kids (44621)

Dear Friends and Supporters of Splash:

Thank you for continuing to support us, our mission & vision, and the kids we serve throughout these challenging, and at many times overwhelming, times. As an organization that truly believes in learning, adapting, and finding a way forward, this has been a time of great growth and pivots.

With schools in Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia being closed for a majority of 2020, this allowed us to step back and identify how to best serve the kids who are the heart of our mission. This allowed us to maintain our infrastructure work while also reimagining how to communicate our Behavior Change programs and Menstrual Health support in a digital landscape.

Now, as we begin to see what 2021 has in store for all of us, we can share that schools in both Kolkata and Addis are reopening, with Grades 9 and 10 welcoming kids back to the classroom in Kolkata and all grades and classrooms being open in Addis Ababa. To support social distancing, over 1,700 additional classrooms were constructed.

We are happy to share more specific numbers of impact below:

  • Kolkata: Infrastructure work has been completed at 122 sites, with initial engagement beginning at the next 43 sites. Technical walkthroughs have been completed at 20 campuses. Behavior Change programs have been paused due to COVID-19 and will resume once more schools reopen.
  • Addis Ababa: Infrastructure work is well underway, with post-implementation water quality tests being completed at 31 sites. Water and hygiene infrastructure work is active at an additional 44 sites. Behavior Change activities have resumed.

We are encouraged by our plans for 2021 and look forward to sharing more during our next update.

Be well, and thank you for all of your generous support. Please reach out to us at info@splash.org with any questions or to chat through anything further.

Team Splash

 
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