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Jan 8, 2018

More clean water for Addis Ababa's kids in 2018

School kids in Addis Ababa
School kids in Addis Ababa

Splash is working hard to ensure kids living in urban poverty have clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets in eight different countries. In Ethiopia, we’re 15% complete towards our target goal, so that means 2018 is a critical year to make big strides as we look to bring sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs to all 500 kindergarten and primary schools in Addis Ababa by 2025

In this New Year, we're celebrating the 1,510 new kids Splash brought clean water, clean hands, clean toilets, and big smiles to in Addis Ababa in 2017. Thank you for being part of this success!

Today in Addis Ababa, Splash is serving clean water to over 57,194 children in 31 schools, 8 orphanages, 6 shelters and 2 hospitals, and we're just getting started! Splash has also lead hygiene education events and programs where 56,743 kids have participated. Our Global Handwashing Day celebration was even broadcasted on public television! This brought handwashing education to millions of TVs across the country, hopefully spreading the message of the importance of handwashing. 

Splash continues to collaborate 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 safe water, clean toilets, and hygiene education.  

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Jan 2, 2018

Clean water for China's orphanages

Splash founder, Eric Stowe, with beneficiary
Splash founder, Eric Stowe, with beneficiary

Happy New Year and warm wishes for 2018! Splash is excited to announce that at the close of 2017, 100 percent of orphanages in China have clean water! We're realizing a goal at the core of our organization – 120,000 vulnerable children and elderly adults at 1,100 orphanages, across 32 provinces, stretching 3.7 square miles across China, have consistent access to clean, safe water. 

Splash was founded in 2007 with the ambition of providing clean water for every orphanage in China. Inspired by his time working in international adoption, Splash founder and Executive Director, Eric Stowe, could not ignore an issue he repeatedly witnessed in orphanages. “Hotels and restaurants had access to clean water, but across the street, children at poor schools and orphanages did not," said Stowe.  

One decade later, after years of hard work and lessons learned, Splash, the Chinese government, and other partners have helped bring that disparity to a close. Over the past several years, the Chinese government has prioritized improving the policies and practices regarding child welfare,” said Hailan Qi, Director of China at Splash. “The collaboration with the local governments in each of the 32 provinces has been critical to securing clean water for every orphanage.” 

Yet work does not stop with 100 percent coverage of orphanages in China. We're working hard to build a sustainability model to ensure safe water stays flowing for all Chinese orphanages through local, independent management of Splash filtration systems. Outside of China, Splash continues to address the explosive growth of urban poverty and the need to improve critical water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and infrastructure in some of the world’s largest cities. Splash’s current goal is to reach 100 percent of government schools with improved WASH services in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Kolkata, India, benefitting one million children, by 2022. 

Thank you for your support and making this dream a reality!  

Oct 24, 2017

Data Quality for Healthy Programs

Students during Splash staff visit
Students during Splash staff visit

Splash staff from Nepal, Ethiopia, and Seattle, traveled to Kolkata, India to join their Indian colleagues for Splash’s first ever “Program Quality (PQ) Summit.” The team came together for a fun and informative week of connecting, collaborating, and learning all in the name of how to better support our programs. 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. 

This event marks the turning of an important page in Splash’s progress towards aligning global programmatic standards and data quality in order to effectively track organizational progress and communicate our impact. 

During their stay in Kolkata, participants visited six different schools ranging from large schools boasting 500+ students, residential schools who support the disenfranchised and marginalized, and small schools with hallways so narrow they could barely walk down. For some, it was the first time seeing our projects in Kolkata’s schools. Witnessing the differences between schools in Ethiopia, Nepal, and Seattle was a great learning experience, and comparing all of the similarities was heartwarming for all. No matter where you are, kids will be kids!

The Splash India team members were amazing hosts who demonstrated true Indian hospitality. Our global team members learned about the traditions of West Bengal life and witnessed many sights, smells, and sounds that make the region so beautiful. The Splash team also celebrated Vishwakarma Puja, the Hindu god of mechanics, by participating in a relgious ceremony and blessing the Splash cars.
 
With thousands of miles separating our country offices and with team members working around what feels like multiple clocks, sometimes the distance can feel vast. Conducting summits like these are a critical component to making sure Splash propels itself forward together. 

 
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