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Feb 12, 2016

Clean water is flowing for kids in Kolkata, India!

Splash wants every kid to have clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets regardless of where they were born. In India, our goal is to bring sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs to all 2,000 government schools in Kolkata--reaching 500,000 kids--by 2025. 

Today in Kolkata, Splash is serving over 26,000 children in 27 schools--and that’s just the beginning. The number of children benefiting from Splash is growing rapidly as we ramp up efforts and extend our reach to 30 more schools in 2016.

To ensure the sustainability of our WASH programs, Splash commits to a 10-year service and maintenance contract with every school’s administration. We are continually building local capacity to ensure children will have the benefit of the Splash intervention for multiple decades without never-ending reliance upon international philanthropy to fund necessary maintenance, upkeep, and repairs.

Splash is currently collaborating with the Ministry of Education in Kolkata and other regional actors to strengthen partnerships and align goals with existing government priorities, all while targeting the largest number of children in the neediest areas.

It's going to take a lot of hard work to reach our ambitious goal of 100% coverage in Kolkata, but be assured that Splash will continue to work tirelessly until every child in every public school in Kolkata has clean hands and quality health and hygiene education.

Thank you for continuing to bring joy and clean water to children in India! 

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Jan 28, 2016

Clean water is flowing for kids in Addis Ababa!

Photo credit: Gavin Gough
Photo credit: Gavin Gough

Splash wants every kid to have clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets. In Ethiopia, our goal is to bring sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs to all 500 kindergarten and primary schools in Addis Ababa by 2025.  

Today in Addis Ababa, Splash is serving over 33,680 children in 30 schools, 8 orphanages, 6 shelters and 2 hospitals, and we're just getting started! The number of children and institutions benefiting from Splash is expected to grow rapidly as we ramp up implementation of our WASH programs in 2016. Currently, Splash is collaborating with the Addis Ababa Education Bureau and other regional actors to strengthen partnerships and align goals with existing government priorities, all while targeting the largest number of children in the neediest areas. It's taken a lot of hard work and a lot of generous people, but we are making steady progress toward our goal of 100% coverage in Addis Ababa.

As a donor, you can be assured that Splash will continue to work tirelessly until every child in every school in Addis Ababa has clean hands and quality health and hygiene education.  

Thank you for continuing to bring joy and clean water to children in Ethiopia! 

 

 

 

 

  

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Oct 30, 2015

YOU made a difference in Nepal

A Splash Nepal staff member after the earthquake
A Splash Nepal staff member after the earthquake

In response to the earthquakes in Nepal in April, you placed your trust in Splash. You donated to secure clean water as swiftly and effectively as possible. Immediately following the earthquakes, Splash focused on:

  1. Assessing all 171 Splash sites (schools, orphanages, shelters and a hospital that were functional pre-earthquake);
  2. Repairing immediate needs, where possible; and
  3. Distributing water (from school sites to their surrounding communities).

The initial assessments of Splash sites were completed by Splash staff within a few weeks of the first shock - approximately the same amount of time it took many international aid organizations to mobilize and send people to Nepal. Splash operated from within its core mission framework and areas of expertise to quickly assess and repair water projects, where possible, and provide large volumes of clean water (a critical area of need) to displaced community members who sought refuge at their neighborhood schools.

We found that:

  1. 65% of Splash water projects remained fully functional following the earthquake. This was a testament to the high quality and durability of our water filtration systems, drinking and handwashing stations and plumbing and installation work.
  2. 25% of Splash project sites were assessed to have "minor" damage (meaning, requiring one day or less of repair work).
  3. 4% of sites incurred "moderate' damage (1+ days of repair work needed).
  4. 6% incurred "significant" damage.

Even though some sites had damage, we were thrilled to learn that no Splash filtration systems were permanently damaged. Splash is happy to report that the majority of the repair work was completed by July. As of August, 125 were functional again.

The lasting quality of our materials and work means that we needed much less money than forecasted to get our projects back up and running. Instead of continuing to raise money, we are focusing instead on stewarding what has been graciously given and continuing the work of getting clean water to kids.

You joined with others in helping Splash raise funds and implement critical recovery activities to secure clean water for kids and their communities. Today in urban Kathmandu, you can't find water cleaner than that filtered by Splash, thanks to you. From the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes, analysts identified water and hygiene as among the greatest threats. You helped Splash intervene in a timely, effective, and sustainable way.

Thank you.

Splash Nepal staff dig systems out from rubble
Splash Nepal staff dig systems out from rubble
You helped get clean water to Kathmandu
You helped get clean water to Kathmandu
 
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