Yay! Thanks to you, this project to provide clean water to children in Cambodia has exceeded its fundraising goal! With help from you and others, we were able to accomplish some amazing things:
You helped us launch a pilot hygiene education program
... which means we’re working with kids and caregivers to teach clean and healthy behaviors that limit the spread of disease. Below is a picture of Sea (pronounced SAY-uh), our new Health & Hygiene Coordinator. He is working closely with Cooperation for Sustainable Cambodian Society (CSCS) to conduct hygiene trainings for our partner sites—and not just for kids but for caregivers, staff, administrators, parents, and the community.
You are keeping clean water flowing
... through all 62 water systems at our partner schools, hospitals, street shelters, rescue homes, and orphanages in Cambodia. Without your support, the water flowing into these institutions—that serve thousands of kids—would still be unsafe. They would be forced to spend their limited resources on purchasing costly bottled water, which might not be readily available or even safe to drink. Your generosity also allowed us to conduct a needs assessment at each and every site, so we could implement some critical improvements—including new or refurbished drinking stations, hand washing stations, hands-free drinking ‘bubblers,’ and faucets.
None of this would be possible without compassionate and caring people like you. Thank you.
Please visit splash.org to find out more about our work in Cambodia and elsewhere. And check out our other GlobalGiving project that still needs funding: Bring Clean Water to Children’s Hospitals in China.
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Again, thank you—so much—for your support.
So many more children are living with clean water and clean hands because of you.
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.
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!
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.
Stretch Your Donation
Don't forget that this Wednesday, October 17, is Bonus Day on Global Giving! All donations given on Wednesday will be matched 30%!!!
Thanks so much for your ongoing support.
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.
Here’s the latest about our work in Cambodia!
Two major things are happening right now: wrapping up our needs assessment and preparing to launch our hygiene education program.
Our Country Manager Mony (also the new proud father of a beautiful little girl—congrats!) has conducted in-person assessment interviews with 55 of our 58 sites since March—an amazing feat in and of itself. With all this information, we have been able to start vetting sites and create a more concrete budget for this project. Fifteen sites have agreed to a new water station, which will go a long way toward putting clean water to good use! Eight of the fifteen sites are contributing their own funds to help with construction—a huge commitment for them and an incredible investment in long-term sustainability. We can’t emphasize enough how it is the partnership aspect of our model that determines the success of our projects far more than any water purification technology.
We are also very excited about a potential partnership with Cooperation for Sustainable Cambodian Society (CSCS) for hygiene education. CSCS came highly recommended to us by PLAN international, with whom they have partnered for over five years doing hygiene education at schools. Rather than re-invent the wheel, we have put together a request for proposal (RFP) to work with CSCS and launch hygiene education programs at five sites (three schools, one school/orphanage, and one orphanage) where we already provide clean water.
CSCS is extremely thorough and their hygiene curriculum and trainings involve every level of school government, from education ministry officers to administrators, teachers, and parents—which is critical to the success of the programs (it can’t just be for kids or it will fail!). Regardless of how the proposal works out (and we are highly optimistic it will), they will be a great resource. Our goal is to hire our own in-country Hygiene Coordinator by September who will be supervised by Mony and work in parallel with CSCS. Together, we aim to develop our own hygiene education program once the pilot programs are established. We are waiting to hear back from CSCS on timeline and budget.
Thanks so much for your continuing support of this project. Don’t forget that June 13th is Bonus Day on GlobalGiving—any donation you make on June 13th will be increased by GlobalGiving an additional 40%!!
A little over a week ago, our program staff Stephen Jones (SE Asia Regional Manager) and Amelia Lyons (Health & Hygiene Manager) were in Cambodia. The main purpose of the visit was to meet with partners and working closely with Kith Rathamony, our Country Director, to get this new project we're loosely calling "Cambodia 2.0" off the ground. The best summation of what we're attempting is an internal audit and survey of our work to date. We're looking to learn what has been working best, what can be improved upon, and what needs to be dropped altogether. We're wrapping up this assessment by the end of May.
Amelia just sent us a field story about a visit she and Stephen had with one of our partners, Missionaries of Charity, and we've included an excerpt below. Mission of Charities is a Mother Teresa home in the Choam Chao district of Phnom Penh. The site houses 115 kids living with with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis as well as general patients. A Child's Right provides the water the kids drink as well as for preparing infant formula. Amelia's story is a perfect example of how the work we do supports the even more important work of our partners, who care for, love, teach, and nurture children every day.
"We sat under the shade of a gazebo with the head Sister as she told us about the home, the children, the other patients they see, and the amazing work they do. A train of children followed us around, giggling, tugging, playing. I spent ten minutes watching Stephen awe them with juggling, and they threw rocks around trying to do it themselves.
Upstairs in the home, children were everywhere. The girls had started a card game, perched atop the table, as some smaller kids chased colored balloons around the compound. At the end of the porch, several women sat with a few children. Among them was a 6-month old girl who had been at the home for a few months. When she arrived, she was tiny and weak, badly affected with HIV, too small and young for treatment. The Sisters nursed her back to life, and the baby girl can now take medication. Chubby and smiling, she stood on her tippy toes, propped up by the woman’s arms. The head Sister whispered to her, “A few months, right? In a few months you will be walking, you are so close!” The baby girl looked up with a huge smile and nodded—somehow, she understood."
You helped make this story possible. Thank you.
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