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Aug 5, 2016

Over 26,000 kids in Kolkata have safe water!

Cheers to you & kids with clean water everywhere!
Cheers to you & kids with clean water everywhere!

Thanks to your support, 26,778 kids at 27 schools, 3 orphanages and 2 shelters in Kolkata, India have access to safe water today!

While this is an incredible accomplishment, it's far from our ultimate goal of ensuring all schoolchildren in Kolkata have clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets.

Reaching this goal will mean implementing and sustaining WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) programs at all 2,000 public schools in Kolkata to benefit a total of 420,000 aspiring youth! We still have a long way to go. 

Since January 2016, Splash has launched hygiene education programs at 17 government schools in Kolkata, which included training workshops for 89 teachers, 320 students, and 198 additional community members. Our staff also facilitated soap drives at each school to ensure each school is stocked with a year’s worth of soap! (Critical to promoting healthy handwashing habits.)

On the sanitation front, Splash has formed an exciting new partnership with a local consultancy, EcoTec, to help us design and construct toilet facilities that optimize space, resources, and, above all, child health and safety. We are also collaborating with the Confederation of Indian Industry to identify additional partners as we work to reach 50 more schools with our full WASH intervention by the end of this year. 

Completing WASH programs at these 50 new schools will require roughly $50,000 -- a target we can hit with your help.  

Having 50 more schools equipped with safe drinking water, proper hygiene facilities, and functional toilets will make more than 10,000 kids happier and healthier. Who doesn't want that? 

I am proud to bring you this update and thank you again for helping us bring joy and safe water to thousands of kids in India!

Let's make more smiles together.



Jul 22, 2016

Six new schools & orphanages now have clean water!

It never ceases to amaze us how much our Ethiopia team can accomplish!

Within the past few months, six schools and orphanages have received permanent access to safe drinking water through Splash's water filtration systems--benefiting over 11,000 kids, teachers, and staff, instantly. 

On top of all this, the Splash team has been presenting findings from a citywide survey to audiences ranging from Ethiopia’s federal and district government officials to leaders in the water and sanitation sectors. We've also engaged over 300 school directors in direct dialogue to build support for our WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) program. Overall, Splash's work has been so well received that we were invited to sit on the WASH Steering Committee for the Addis Ababa Education Bureau!

Now, our team is preparing to install water filtration systems at 9 additional sites--putting us well on our way toward our goal to give 30,000 kids in Addis clean water by the end of the year! 

Last week, Splash's headquarter office hosted a staff member from our Ethiopia field team. He said to us, "We want to do more projects so more kids can have clean water!" It was music to our ears. 

Will you help us fund more water projects in Ethiopia?? Our team is able and ready, and thousands of kids are waiting! 

From all of us at Splash, Thank you! 


May 10, 2016

Marching toward our goal: Water, sanitation, and hygiene for 400,000 kids in India!

Since 2012, Splash has been working to ensure all kids in Kolkata have clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets at school. In three short years, Splash has earned the reputation as one of the top quality water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) implementers in the country. Already, Splash is serving 26,778 children at 27 schools, 3 orphanages and 2 shelters in Kolkata. And we're just getting started!

Our long-term goal is bold yet attainable: WASH-in-School programs at all 2,000 public schools in Kolkata by 2020 -- benefitting more than 400,000 of the city's most vulnerable children.

While we have only just begun implementing our programs, we have made tremendous strides toward securing the partnerships necessary for reaching this goal. Now, Splash is in a prime position to begin leveraging our local partnerships to help us prove scale (reach 100% coverage of Kolkata public schools) and produce a replicable model for other Indian cities as well -- so kids in other mega-cities in India can have clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets too. 

Ambitions are running high in India this year as we look to:

  1. Implement WASH-in-Schools programs in 63 Kolkata new schools for the benefit of 14,860 children;
  2. Solidify partnerships that support our activities in sanitation, policy advocacy, and knowledge management; and
  3. Refine our hygiene model to ensure it’s best-in-class prior to the major push toward 100% coverage planned for 2017.

There is much work ahead. We thank you for helping us get this far and hope to see you at the finish line!


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