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May 2, 2017

Reaching Even more Kids in 2017!

Splash Water Stations at Katjunagar Vidyapith
Splash Water Stations at Katjunagar Vidyapith

Thanks to your amazing support, we have almost made our $50,000 goal "Give Kids in India Clean Water" on GlobalGiving!

Together, you have raised over $46,000 to give kids clean water, hands and toilets in India. As you know, Splash has bold ambitions to reach all 2,000 public schools in Kolkata with WASH programs by 2021, benefitting 420,000 of the city’s poorest kids. Let’s reach even more kids in 2017, by stretching our goal to $75,000!

By proving the ability to scale in a “hardest to reach” place, Splash believes that it will make national replication a plausible reality. By the end of 2016, we reached 90 sites and unveiled a new hygiene manual for teachers in partnership with the Kolkata Department of Education.

Your generous donations help us make a tremendous impact in schools like Katjunagar Prathomik Vidyalaya and Katjunagar Swarnamayee Vidyapith. The schools, which share a building, are located in one of the poshest areas of Kolkata, but cater to children from adjacent slums. A clear economic divide is seen among the children who attend the school and those residing in the vicinity. In the slums, health and hygiene remains an acute problem.

Before Splash’s intervention, the schools had a single water source to care for the water needs of 950 students. The station was not only used for drinking and handwashing, but also for cleaning cooking utensils for the mid-day meal. After Splash’s intervention, a filter was installed, along with four stations for drinking and handwashing. In addition, a separate platform was constructed exclusively for cleaning mid-day meal cooking utensils.

In 2017, Splash plans to continue to serve a combination of small, medium and large schools, which will help us continue to refine our WASH-in-Schools model in Kolkata, with the aim that it can be replicated across India’s major cities and beyond.

Our intervention in 2017 will also target some of the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children - those that attend Kolkata’s residential schools. The residential school system was started in 2012 to serve urban, homeless children. Often these children are from single parent households or are orphaned. Many have also suffered abuse. Most of these children have never enrolled in school or have dropped out of the mainstream education system.

These schools not only act as education centers, but also serve as protection systems for homeless youth, especially girls. The program offers free, compulsory education up to the eighth grade. During the school year, these students live at the school, making Splash’s intervention even more important, as students would be provided 100% of their WASH needs.

By expanding our goal to $75,000 we will be able to reach up to 15,000 more kids and drastically improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable youth populations in Kolkata. This support would leapfrog us towards our audacious goal of 100% WASH coverage in Kolkata by 2021.

Your donation to Splash has helped to make all this work possible. We hope you will continue to support Splash as we race toward providing 420,000 children with clean water, hands and toilets by 2021!

Thank you for making a difference!

The Splash Team

Apr 14, 2017

Splash Partnership in Ethiopia Delivers Impact

Splash in Ethiopia! Photo by Gavin Gough
Splash in Ethiopia! Photo by Gavin Gough

Splash’s goal in Ethiopia is to reach 100% of government schools in the capital, Addis Ababa – that’s over 450 schools serving more than 400,000 kids!

In the fall of 2016, the Addis Ababa Education Bureau (AAEB) invited Splash to lead them in conducting a city-wide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) survey of all the private and government schools in Addis to better understand the conditions in the schools. Splash, having conducted the first-ever city-wide WASH survey of all public schools in Addis in 2015, became known by the government as a valued leader in urban WASH.

In partnership with AAEB, Splash developed and co-managed a huge survey of all government and private schools in Addis Ababa – 465 government and 1,674 private schools – in 2016. Splash was responsible for providing the mobile data technology to collect the survey data (Formyoula), co-designing the survey questions with AAEB, and training AAEB to conduct the survey and manage over 100 survey collectors.

We are very excited to report that this work is now complete and that preliminary results will be released in the next month! The partnership has greatly increased Splash’s capacity to design and manage surveys using mobile data collection technology. It also built the capacity of the government to better serve its schools and ensure that all children have access to safe water and clean toilets.

Most importantly, this work will inform our ongoing work in Addis and future interventions.

By the end of 2016, Splash had served 51,280 children at 54 schools, 10 orphanages, 5 shelters and 2 hospitals in Addis Ababa.

Your donation to Splash has helped to make all this work possible and is propelling us towards our goal of reaching 100% of the public schools in Addis!

Thank you for making a difference! 

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Feb 2, 2017

New Year New Goal!

By 2030, India is predicted to have the largest population in the world, and Kolkata – the capital of West Bengal – is India’s third largest city. Kolkata is seeing explosive population growth with a growing proportion of urban slum residents. Water is widely available but it is typically contaminated. Unsanitary conditions, crowding and inadequate health and education facilities exacerbate the effects of poverty.

Splash has bold ambitions to reach all 2,000 public schools in Kolkata with WASH programs by 2021, benefitting 420,000 of the city’s poorest kids. In 2016, Splash India implemented WASH programs at 24 new schools, bringing our total coverage in Kolkata to 90 sites. We also unveiled a new hygiene manual for teachers, in partnership with the Kolkata Department of Education.

Splash’s goal is to create a gold standard for WASH-in-Schools in Kolkata, that can be replicated across India’s major cities and beyond. In 2017, our plans are to implement our WASH implementation at more than 100 schools, refine our sanitation program, and initiate government advocacy at the national level.

It has been a pleasure to share our exciting progress in Kolkata with you in 2016. Your donation to Splash has helped to make all this work possible. I hope you will continue to support Splash as we race towards our ambitious goal in 2017. 

On behalf of the kids we serve and everyone here at Team Splash, 

Happy new year and thank you for being part of the change! 

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