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You Can Give Kids in India Clean Water

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You Can Give Kids in India Clean Water
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With the COVID-19 outbreak headlining the news and occupying our minds, we want to take a moment to say thanks to our supporters. Splash’s clean water, clean hands, and clean toilet efforts aim to keep kids healthy, and you make that work possible. We are holding our global community close to our hearts and thank you for supporting this critical work.

As specialists in the WASH field, we are here for you with helpful tips! We encourage you to learn and practice the six-steps to handwashing, using good old-fashioned soap, and we urge you to considering switching from a firm handshake to an elbow bump, namaste, hand wave or other greeting.

Today, your support of Splash’s work is more important than ever! Between key fundraising conferences being cancelled and our imperative to limit the spread of the virus by restricting travel, we are severely limited in the ability to conduct the in-person meetings and donor site visits that are crucial to developing new relationships.

We believe our mission and programming are especially relevant in this increasingly health-focused environment. Splash’s efforts to improve hygiene conditions and behaviors at schools stands in the face of COVID-19 as a preventative measure that will serve us both now and in the future.

These are challenging times for everyone, but we will exhaust all reasonable options to maintain our current momentum. We hope we can count on you to help! 

How your donation helped Splash in 2019:

The first year of Project WISE - our plan to reach 100% of government schools in Addis Ababa and Kolkata with full WASH coverage - was a broad success. In the first 15 months, we more than doubled our global staffing dedicated to Project WISE, with particular growth in the Addis and Kolkata offices. We also focused on improving our infrastructure hardware (filters, stations, etc), ramped up station manufacturing, and optimized our global supply chain. In 2019, we also added several new key program components to our behavior change intervention to strengthen school engagement, increase sustainability, and improve student behavior, with particular emphasis on the menstrual health program design.


Our 2019 impact in Kolkata at a glance:

  • Splash served new 33,898 students at 72 schools
  • 1,507 school staff served
  • 1,849 student Hygiene Club members trained
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School children learning about hygiene
School children learning about hygiene
When Splash partners with a school, students' opportunity to thrive increases. This is not just because of the clean water they are drinking, but also because they learn the importance of washing their hands with soap and gain access to improved toilet facilities. 

Your support for Splash goes well beyond providing durable water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure at schools. It also helps ensure that kids are actively engaged in changing student and teacher behaviors. In Kolkata, we work with democratic student leadership structures (called child cabinets) that already exist in every school. These student groups receive training on Splash's engaging, activity-focused curriculum to:
  • Educate other students and use positive peer pressure to ensure kids wash their hands with soap before the mid-day meal and after using the toilet
  • Work with teachers to organize soap drives and make sure soap is always available at the handwashing stations
  • Keep school grounds clean and free of garbage
  • Encourage others not to waste water and to use it appropriately
As the year comes to a close, we are excited to tell you about our plans for 2020. We aim to reach 150 schools serving approximately 60,000 children in Kolkata, India! Thank you for investing in Splash, and supporting children to learn and lead.

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Splash has been focusing on our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) intervention at ten residential and day-boarding schools, benefitting 1,965 of the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children. The residential school system was started to serve urban kids from extremely poor households - kids like Hiran, an eighth grader at Rani Bhabani School. 

Hiran is one of the boarders at the school and lives there with 90 other students. Rani Bhabani is their second home where they live most of the year. Hiran has one younger brother who studies at another residential school in Dumdum. His parents are day laborers that used to live in a slum a few years ago. Now they live in a housing complex for poor households with support from the government.

In his free time, Hiran and his friends play games and sports, like carom, cricket, and football. Hiran especially loves working in the library and has a special knack for managing the library’s books. He takes care of library management at the school and maintains a register to keep a track of the books going out and coming in every day. In addition to his work in the library, Hiran’s favorite subject is mathematics. To him mathematics is like magic - a wonderful mystery with fascinating results. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, he glows with confidence and says he would like to become a mechanical engineer.

Because of the support from donors like you, Hiran’s school is clean. Hiran has seen an increase in handwashing, a reduction in water misuse, and has developed a greater understanding of his rights. He’s had fun playing the different hygiene education games with Splash staff and learning about safe water and hygiene practices. But, most importantly, he notes: “Look everywhere. It’s so clean.”          

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School profile for work completed at Shastriji Harijan Vidya Mandir School in Kolkata, India. 

Scope of Work: Water, sanitation, & hygiene

Site Demographic: Co-education

Girls Served Daily: 99

Boys Served Daily: 106

Location Shastriji Harijan Vidya Mandir is located in east Kolkata in the Tangra neighborhood. Over the past few decades, Kolkata’s “Chinatown” has developed in Tangra, making the area diverse in culture. The school campus sits near many banks, the local library, and post-office.

Student and School Description Shastriji Harijan Vidya Mandir share the same school campus. They use the same school building and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.

The school is predominantly attended by first generation learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tangra is largely populated with people who migrated from poverty-ridden and caste-ridden villages, in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. They found work in the tanneries and factories, and also engaged in manual labor.

Pre-Splash Conditions Before Splash’s intervention, the students' knowledge and practice of hygiene was very poor. As a government school, a mid-day meal was served, yet there was no system of enforcing compulsory handwashing beforeeatingorafterusingthetoilet.The school had an old water filter to help decrease the amount of bacteria found in Kolkata’s municipal water lines, however, it badly needed to be replaced.

The toilet conditions were also in need of drastic improvements. The toilets were in bad shape and the stall doors did not provide privacy.The restrooms were described as being dark, dingy, and very unhygienic.

Activities Performed To Date:

Water: 

Splash installed:

  • One AquaSphere 1000 ultra-filtration system
  • One drinking station (two taps) to facilitate access to drinking water
  • Two handwashing stations (four taps) have also been installed to encourage clean hands and proper hygiene
  • Water quality tests have been conducted to ensure clean water stays flowing

Behavior Change:

Hygiene knowledge has significantly increased at theschool as a result of:

  • Student-led Hygiene Club formed with 35 members who help ensure their peers stay excited about hygiene
  • Hygiene trainings with all teachers,staff,and members of the Hygiene Club
  • A soap drive event where 31 bars of soap were collected

Sanitation:

Sanitation facilities were made more child and girl-friendly by:

  • Renovating the shared toilets and ensuring that global standards are met for safety, privacy, cleanliness, ventilation, and accessibility
  • Providing continuous access to water for flushing and installing waste binsfor better menstrual hygiene management
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Handwashing with soap
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Next month, Splash's Seattle office is hosting two of our leaders from India: Dora Chaudhuri, Country Director, and Manish Joshi, Director for Project WISE (WASH-in-Schools for Everyone).  They will spend valuable face time with colleagues to plan the launch of Project WISE, an initiative to reach every government school in Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 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 Kolkata, Splash has reached 194 schools serving 55,985 children. Through Project WISE, we will reach approximately 450 schools serving nearly 500,000 children by 2023.

Splash's efforts in Kolkata will benefit even more children at schools like Paik Para Raja Manindra Memorial Primary & Higher Secondary Schools. These schools serve over 400 kids who previous to our intervention had to deal with broken taps, dirty, leaking toilets, and no access to hygiene education.

Because of your support, these schools now have a functional ultra-filtration system that removes 99.999% of the bacteria from their water. They have two drinking water stations with six taps and one handwashing station with two taps that help keep the kids healthy, as well as sparkly clean new sanitation facilities that are well-lit and provide privacy. Splash also helped form an active child cabinet and trained twenty focal teachers that have spread hygiene messaging across their schools. The fifty-three active student hygiene club members help keep their schools clean and encourage their peers to practice healthy behaviors.

This fall the highly motivated child cabinet decided to hold a rally with placards in the surrounding community. The placards carried messages about health and hygiene. They also spoke to members in the community to spread awareness about good health and hygiene practices. The awareness messages were aligned with the things they learned from Splash during their hygiene training.

This dedication and leadership would not have been possible without your support. Our goal is to create a shift in society where communities will expect, demand, and obtain safe water and decent toilets, as a basic human right. Efforts like these will help to eventually ensure access to safe, reliable, and affordable water and sanitation, cornerstones of a thriving and healthy community.

We are excited to expand our impact through the help of corporate, foundation, and government partners - and donors like you!

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Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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