Splash is on an exciting mission to ensure that children in urban poverty have the resources they need to thrive! Over the next five years, we aim to reach 100% of government schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kolkata, India with clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets. This initiative, Project WISE (WASH-in-Schools for Everyone) will benefit one million kids living in some of the fastest growing cities on the planet. The impact will be healthier students and improved school attendance.
Unsafe drinking water and a lack of water or soap for handwashing are responsible for 2.2 million deaths each year, and 90% of those affected are children. Schools in Kolkata and Addis Ababa struggle with dirty drinking water, limited handwashing with soap, and toilets so dirty that kids don't want to use them. With three million people moving to cities every day, urban WASH infrastructure often can't keep pace with population growth. In result, children lag behind in health and education.
Splash's solution helps ensure that children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. For the first time, all government schools in Addis Ababa and Kolkata will have clean drinking water, handwashing stations, and child-friendly toilets. WASH interventions in schools have been associated with reductions in school absenteeism, as well as diarrhea and other illness, and increased dignity and well-being.
With a focus on improving children's health and increasing school attendance, Project WISE has the potential to be truly groundbreaking in the fields of international development, global health, WASH, and education. We invite you to share our vision of a world where every child has the water, sanitation, hygiene, and menstrual health support they need to thrive and reach their full potential!
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).