Splash

Our mission is simple: We clean water for kids. Safe drinking water is the most essential life-sustaining requirement. There is no substitute - not at any price. In this day and age, in such a plentiful world, clean water should no longer be the privilege of some, but the basic right of every child.
Oct 15, 2012

A Childs' Right is Moving Forward as Splash

Cambodian Kids & Clean Water
Cambodian Kids & Clean Water

Before we update you on our work in Cambodia, we have some exciting news to share: as of October 10, 2012, A Child’s Right is operating under a new name: Splash. We want to assure you that, even though our name is different, nothing about who we are or what we do is changing. Our mission, values, core work model, partners, staff, and plans for future growth remain the same. To learn more, visit splash.org/achildsright.

Why Splash?
In one powerful word, Splash illustrates the potential of clean water to make a difference in children’s lives. Kids need clean water to be healthy, to grow and thrive, to attend school regularly, and to fulfill their potential. Splash is a bold yet playful organization meeting this compelling need of kids globally. We are confident that this change is going to help move our work forward!

Cambodia Update
We're making a lot of progress on the ground in Cambodia. Our hiring process for new Health and Hygiene Promotion staff is also in full swing. Amelia, our Health & Hygiene Director, is sorting through the first round of candidates. We also are in the process of beginning two new site installations in Phnom Penh. In September, our SE Asia Regional Director traveled to Cambodia offices to meet with in-country staff. Together they visited recently constructed water stations and began annual water testing as part of our regular monitoring and evaluation program. They also spent some quality time planning for 2013. One of the things we're really excited about is establishing a sustainability savings fund program for our partners. For the first 10 years of a project, they would contribute money to this fund so that by year eleven they would have enough resources to own and care for their own water systems and stations. They would also know, first-hand, how to sustain clean water beyond 20 years.

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Sep 5, 2012

We've chosen our first pediatric hospital!

Since our last project update, we have been conducting site visits at several hospitals we’ve identified as potential partners. We met with staff at each hospital to discuss working together and to assess their specific water needs and challenges. We have three sites we’re feeling very confident about, and one in particular we think is perfect. While we can’t release the name of this site until we’ve formalized agreements and obtained necessary permits, we couldn't wait to tell you about it!
 
This particular pediatric hospital specializes in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Their approach is a blend of traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and massage as well as speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The hospital has 300 in-patient children and treats about 100 out-patient children per day. There are also 100 orphans, primarily abandoned children, being cared for at the hospital.
 
Water is currently sourced from a 40-meter deep well and is stored in a large tank on the 7th floor. The water is very hard and also contains a lot of sediment, requiring the tank to be cleaned at least every two months.  There are two potential locations for installation, and both should have water purification systems. Also, each floor of the hospital has an area where they heat water, and ideally we’d like to pipe filtered water into each of these areas. The main challenge would be the re-plumbing that would be required.
 
We’re very excited about the prospect of working with this and other sites, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on our progress.
 
Thanks for your support!

Jul 23, 2012

Field Notes: July in Cambodia

Cambodian Kids & Clean Water
Cambodian Kids & Clean Water

In our last project report, we introduced you to our plans for our pilot hygiene education program at partner sites in Cambodia. We are thrilled to announce that we've selected the five partner sites! This is a huge step toward creating an effective, long-term health & hygiene program that supports clean water for kids in urban areas of Cambodia. As you know, unsafe water is a huge obstacle for children there, limiting their potential. Our work will be made exponentially more effective if kids learn essential hygiene practices and why they're important. We'll also be including their teachers, parents, and local government and health care workers in this program, which is crucial to making real, lasting change.

Here are the five partner sites selected for the pilot program:

Sangkheum Center for Children (orphanage home that also provides clean water for an elementary school across the street)
Wat Chork KG, Primary & Secondary (school)
Por Banteay Chey Primary & Secondary (school)
Samdech Ov High School
Salt Ministries (orphanage home and school)

If you click on one of the links above, it will take you to our online project monitoring tool, ProvingIt.org. As part of our commitment to (radical!) transparency, all of our project sites can be tracked online. You can even create your own login to follow the sites that interest you most. We post photos, results of water quality tests, and site-specific project updates--including successes and failures--for the whole world to see. Why? Because we think being honest makes our work better, and because as our supporter, we want you right alongside us in this journey. (Maybe that sounds cheesy, but it's true.)

Attached are three (amazing) photos from our sites in Cambodia. We're submitting them for GlobalGiving's upcoming photo contest, so stay tuned: voting starts on August 1, and hopefully we'll be one of the finalists! We'll definitely need your help to spread the word.

Many thanks,

Water for Drinking (and Play!)
Water for Drinking (and Play!)
Smiles at the Drinking Station
Smiles at the Drinking Station

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