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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to chat through anything further.