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Jul 26, 2017

Changing Lives in Kolkata's Residential Schools

Photo by Gavin Gough
Photo by Gavin Gough

This year, Splash and our implementing partner, City Level Programme of Action (CLPOA), are working hard to bring clean water, hands, and toilets to twenty residential and day-boarding schools in Kolkata, India, benefiting over 4,000 children. 

Kolkata’s residential schools are designed to serve children in need. Many have never enrolled in school or have dropped out of the mainstream education system. Often these children are from single parent households or are orphaned. The schools offer free, compulsory education up to the eighth grade, with the principal aim of reintegrating child drop-outs into the mainstream education system. 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 water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs.

We’ve already installed water filtration systems at nine residential schools, bringing clean water to 2,182 kids for the very first time! So far, the change has been revolutionary for students. Students like Hiran*, an eighth grader at Rani Bhabani School, lives there with 90 other students and is receiving clean water for the first time and gaining valuable hygiene education. He loves working in the library and his favorite subject is math. To him math is like magic - a wonderful mystery with fascinating results. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, he glows with confidence and says he would like to become an engineer.

Hiran has seen an increase in handwashing, a decrease in water misuse, and has developed a greater understanding of his rights. He’s has fun playing the different hygiene education games with Splash staff and learning about safe water and hygiene practices. But, most importantly, he notes: “Look everywhere. It’s so clean.”                    

Thanks to people like you, Splash’s intervention will benefit the health and livelihood of thousands of Kolkata’s most vulnerable students and will continue to do so for years to come. We look forward to expanding our work to the remaining residential schools in Kolkata and continuing to improve the lives of even more kids!

 

We couldn't do this without you. Thank you for making a difference in India!

 

 

* Name has been changed to protect privacy 

Jul 11, 2017

Changing Behaviors in Ethiopia

Child-friendly handwashing signs
Child-friendly handwashing signs

While many members of the Splash team are busy focusing on the installation of filtration systems and maintaining existing infrastructure, Splash understands that supplying clean water for kids can only keep them healthy as long as they pair it with safe hygiene habits. This year Splash celebrated World Water Day and Menstrual Hygiene Day with events at primary schools across Addis Ababa. Schools in Addis tend to be enormous in size, some having more than 4,000 primary age students at one campus alone! Through 32 different events, we reached 48,543 attendees with the message that every child should practice good hygiene.

Over the years, Splash has introduced hygiene education and sanitation interventions to many of our programs. These behavior change programs include a combination of “hardware” – child friendly WASH infrastructure – and “software” – programs that target children and adults, like hygiene clubs and parent associations.

Since 2016, behavior change programs have been a major focus for Splash in Ethiopia. Using Splash supported curriculum, many schools formed student hygiene clubs that promote health and hygiene in school among peers. They also organized massive soap drives where schools in Addis have so far collected 13,710 bars of soap!

By the end of 2017, we aim to lock in our implementation model through clear global standards and guidelines for urban WASH-in-School projects. These standards and guidelines are critical to enable our next stage of growth as we look to scale our impact.

Splash has big goals for Ethiopia – 100% coverage for every government school across Addis Ababa. Success will bring over 400,000 kids clean, safe water for years to come. The first half of 2017 has continued to pave the way for scale, replication, and completion in Addis Ababa and (eventually) across Ethiopia. Since our last update, we have completed one major WASH in Schools project, bringing clean water to 1,510 new kids!

Today Splash served 57,194 children at 35 schools, 10 orphanages, 5 shelters, and 3 hospitals in Addis Ababa.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our exciting progress in Addis Ababa. It’s only with the support of people like you that our goals are attainable. Your donation to Splash ensures clean water is a reality for thousands of children!

Together, we’re making a difference.

Students demonstrating good hygiene practices
Students demonstrating good hygiene practices

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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

 
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