This week, Splash's Seattle office is hosting two of our leaders from Ethiopia: Dawit Alemishet, Country Director, and Kelbessa Wordofa, Director for Project WISE (WASH-in-Schools for Everyone). They are spending time with colleagues to plan the launch of Project WISE, an initiative to reach every government school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kolkata, India with WASH infrastructure (water storage, filtration systems, drinking and handwashing stations, and improved toilet facilities), behavior change programs for children and adults, and strengthened menstrual health services for girls aged 10 and above.
In Addis Ababa, Splash has reached 79 schools serving 78,000 children in Addis Ababa. Through Project WISE, we will reach approximately 450 schools serving nearly 500,000 children by 2023.
Splash's efforts will benefit even more children like Kidist, a fifth-grader who is 11 years old. Kidist is very pleased about the improvements that Splash has made at her school. She especially loves the different colored drinking and handwashing stations and is attracted to wash her hands and drink from them.
In the past, she and her brothers used to bring water from home, but it was never enough to last all day. As Kidist explained, they couldn't bring a very big bottle of water, since her parents don't have access to water in their home and needed to source water from the neighborhood tap. Sometimes her brothers finished their water before lunch, and she would share her own half-liter bottle with them.
Thanks to Splash, Kidist is happy her brothers and other students can access clean water at school all day.
We are excited to expand our impact through the help of corporate, foundation, and government partners - and donors like you!