Impact partner profile


Clean water for kids

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Location of HQ
1326 Fifth Ave Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98101 United States of America
Partnership date with Thankyou
October 2016
Area of focus
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
Ethiopia, India, Nepal, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand

Splash is at the forefront of a growing movement to ensure that children in urban poverty have the resources they need to thrive and realise their full potential. They design water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and menstrual health solutions alongside governments within some of the world’s biggest, low resource cities. Their coverage is city-wide, with an approach of targeting 100% of public schools with their WASH solutions.

Splash’s approach is uniquely targeted towards the urban poor and its solutions are designed and built to last in dense and highly-populated environments. Splash are committed to building strong local organisations that work directly with institutions and governments to ensure their sustainable ownership and funding for long-term provision of WASH services.

In their current initiative, Project WISE, Splash’s goal is to reach every school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Kolkata, India, with their WASH services. The program focus is to benefit one million children by 2023 through positive changes in infrastructure, behaviour change programs, and strengthened menstrual health services. Since 2007, Splash has undertaken 2,148 projects in schools and public institutions across eight countries, reaching 794,570 people, of whom 611,014 are children.

While completion of the work in the two target cities is the short-term goal, Splash’s longer-range ambition is to establish clear roadmaps for success for cities beyond Addis Ababa and Kolkata. Proving a cost-efficient and durable program of this size, being co-funded and co-implemented with government and locally overseen, with clear health impacts is unprecedented. Splash looks to work with governments and INGOs to design and advise on similarly sized WASH projects post Project WISE. Successfully implementing this project in two disparate contexts in South Asia and East Africa will provide clear evidence and learnings for replication in similarly sized, low-resource cities.

Type of grant funding given

Core impact goals

Provide access to safe drinking water for more kids

Splash aims to ensure that all school children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kolkata, India have access to safe drinking water.

Provide access to handwashing facilities to more kids

Their goal is that all school children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kolkata, India have access to handwashing facilities.

Increase WASH training in schools

Another goal for Splash is to ensure that teachers and students at schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kolkata, India are properly trained, working to promote school-wide WASH behaviour change.

Impact milestones

Splash aims to reach the following impact milestones over the course of Thankyou’s grant period (15 months):

1. Ensure 180,000 kids in Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia receive comprehensive WASH services

2. Install 195 water ultrafiltration systems at schools in Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

3. Install 2,460 drinking water and handwashing stations at schools in Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

4. Install 2,990,000 litres of new and rehabilitated water storage at schools in Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

5. Ensure 220 school sites in Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have teachers and students trained to promote school-based WASH activities

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