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Sep 25, 2018

Safe H2O for one of the largest schools in Africa

Current drinking stations at Abado Primary
Current drinking stations at Abado Primary

We have an opportunity to help make sure clean water flows from taps, kids are washing their hands with soap, and that students have access to safe and sanitary restrooms at one of the biggest, and toughest, schools on the planet! With a student population tipping the scales at 6,251 kids, Abado Kindergarten and Primary school has the largest student population in Ethiopia and is believed to be the second most populated school in all of Africa!

The students come from diverse backgrounds with immigrants from Eritrea, South Sudan, Gambelia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Abado is located in the northeast suburbs of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in one of the largest and most populous districts of Addis Ababa - Yeka. The neighborhood is being rapidly transformed by population growth and construction. It is estimated that over 80% of Addis’ population lives in slum districts with poor infrastructure and very limited access to adequate water and sanitation.

The school itself is extremely crowded and lacks adequate infrastructure to provide kids with clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets. Due to severe water shortages in Ethiopia, there are time periods where the school will only have access to running water one day a week! This makes keeping the bathrooms clean and sanitary difficult, and handwashing after using the toilets nearly impossible.

When you donate to Splash, you'll be helping kids at schools like Abado thrive. We've already reached almost 16% of government schools in Addis Ababa, and we need your help to reach 100% by 2023! With your support, we can help students stay healthy, excel in school, and unlock their full potential. Will you join us on this journey?

Current toilet stalls at Abado Primary
Current toilet stalls at Abado Primary
Jul 13, 2018

The story has many needs, but water is first

Contributed by Ayatam Simeneh, former Partner Support Manager, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

"I travelled to Splash’s office in Kolkata, India to be part of the Program Quality Summit with Splash staff from the U.S., Nepal, India, and Ethiopia.

The purpose of the Summit was to connect colleagues from across the globe, align around the importance of data quality and standardized methods for collecting and using data to improve Splash’s programs, and to create program quality champions within each country office.

As part of the summit, we each had the opportunity to visit Splash schools across Kolkata to see what is different from and similar to our own programmatic contexts.

Working in Addis Ababa government schools, every day I encounter school children that fill my heart with hope. The same was true in humid, hot Kolkata, where temperatures reach 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit). Schools in Kolkata, like Addis, have many needs, including water.

Among the four schools I visited, Jagabandhu Primary School was conducting a soap drive event where every student in the school brought one bar of soap to supply the school for one year. One by one, hundreds of students placed their soap in a bucket, while the other students watched.

At Nehru Vidyatan Primary School, students ages five and six welcomed me and my colleagues, singing songs about hygiene, cheering us with enthusiasm, and giving us the best of what they had. Here, classrooms are small, and the neighborhoods are crowded and lack sufficient infrastructure, but, thanks to Splash, there are water and handwashing stations at these schools.

These kids are born to thrive and deserve everything that all kids need. Amidst this landscape, there is bright hope and it’s joyous to see that we “Splashers” are bringing clean water and smiles to these beautiful kids."

Jun 27, 2018

Cross-organization learning for Menstrual Hygiene

Summit participants in Kampala, Uganda
Summit participants in Kampala, Uganda

Splash, Days for Girls (DfG), and Whiz Kids Workshop, with funding from the Sall Family Foundation, is piloting an innovative program to improve general hygiene and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for youth in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This program leverages the expertise of each organization to implement an enhanced water, sanitation, and hygiene program at five schools in Addis Ababa, while building a scalable model with the potential to benefit hundreds of thousands of children in the years to come. 

Why is this important? Women and girls in Ethiopia continue to face a broad set of challenges that negatively influence their health, empowerment, and well-being. Significant barriers to MHM persist. Girls do not consistently have access to education on puberty and menstrual health, with 67% of girls across Ethiopia receiving no education on menstruation at school. In addition, for women and girls in both rural and urban settings, just over a quarter of population has access to improved sanitation. Millions of women and girls go without access to hygiene solutions every month and must resort to using unhygienic materials, stay home, or resort to other means to manage their menstruation.

In April 2018, Splash staff from Ethiopia attended a training with DfG with the main objective being for DfG staff to train members of Splash Ethiopia’s team on menstrual hygiene management, DfG hygiene kit utilization, and general knowledge sharing of DfG’s organizational experience.   

WHO:  Splash and Days for Girls - a global organization dedicated to empowering local communities to support girls and women with sustainable feminine hygiene products, education, and restore dignity

WHEN:  April 16th, 2018

WHERE:  Kampala, Uganda

WHAT: Splash (2 staff members), DfG (5 staff  members), as well participants from Mali (2), Kenya (4) and Uganda (2), met to exchange knowledge and receive training from DfG to support the teaching of MHM in schools

WHY: To increase the capacity of female students to manage menstruation by enhancing their knowledge, awareness, and practice of MHM 


  • Reproductive anatomy – Participants reviewed female and male reproductive systems Puberty, Menstruation, and Menopause – The topics covered included: what is puberty;  what is menstruation; how hormones affect emotional and physical feelings; and what is menopause 
  • Hygiene Kits – The training demonstrated how the kits are made and how they should be  used
  • Soap Making – After briefly introducing the materials and chemicals used in soap making, the trainers demonstrated the soap making process and all participants made their own soap


“We had a fantastic experience in Kampala. We got a chance to see the city, appreciate the materials used for the kit production, and had a great discussions with the participants from Kenya and Mali. We plan to teach the Ethiopia office how to make soap too!”

“Regarding the training contents of MHM, it is very similar to our hygiene training. We learned a lot about the advantage of reusable sanitary pads over disposable and gathered some ideas on how we can enrich our focal teacher hygiene training. In general, this training will bring great added value to Splash Ethiopia’s BC program!”

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