Kolkata's water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in government schools are extremely poor, negatively affecting the health, education, and dignity of the poorest children. In 2015, Splash conducted a citywide baseline survey of schools which revealed some alarming conditions. 70% of schools had water what tested positive for Total Coliform and 56% tested positive for E. coli. While 91% of schools had a toilet, 33% had no water for flushing and 34% had no lighting, 35% lacked a lock or door.
Splash has developed a holistic WASH intervention designed to be durable, scalable, and cost-efficient for governments to adopt for the long-term. We aim to implement this intervention in 100% of schools in Kolkata - 1,250 kindergarten, primary, and secondary serving approximately 400,000 children. We will: 1) Improve WASH infrastructure in schools to create an environment for healthy behaviors, 2) Promote WASH behavior change in kids, and 3) Rehabilitate and improve sanitation facilities.
Your support will: reduce illness and days of school missed; improve health and, thereby, greatly increase each child's chance to fulfill his or her maximum potential; impact the entire community when children take clean water and healthy behaviors home and; in many cases, give the larger community access to our free, clean water.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).