Scale & Scope
The past two decades have seen incredible economic advancement within China. This growth has benefitted a great many (and the national rate of extreme poverty was reduced by 2/3 in this time period). However, remaining in the margins of all this growth, and on the fringes of every city are the urban poor: migrant labor communities, and marginalized individuals and families who do not benefit as greatly from national economic gains.
30 years ago, less than one-fifth of China's population lived in cities; today half do
Every Orphanage in China
Splash is focused, within China, on one of the most marginalized populations in the country: orphans. Maybe surprisingly, there is a positive story in China that goes untold: policies and practices within China have been greatly improving relative to domestic adoption, foster care and orphanage management. Although it is not Splash’s practice to praise governments, typically, we can safely say that the Chinese Government (along with some terrific NGOs working on children's issues) have completely re-architected what orphanage care can and should provide to abandoned children. On this front, the Chinese government has invited and supported a collaboration with Splash to secure clean water in every orphanage in the country. We are proud of its impact for so many children.
The “big, hairy, audacious goal” of Splash, from our very start, was to ensure clean water in every orphanage in China—spanning 31 provinces and 1,200 cities. And we are now on-track to reach this goal by 2016. This means every orphaned child residing within an institution will have safe drinking water in their baby bottles, in their sippy cups and glasses; that all of their food can be washed with clean water; and all orphanage staff and their families have access to bottle-quality water at any time of day.
Splash anticipates exiting from direct services in China upon completion, leaving in our wake a functional, financially independent model (covering service and maintenance) that continues to monitor and ensure that clean water flows, for years to come, in all of China’s orphanages.
"The Chinese government had huge developments in Child Welfare in the past years, but with friends like Splash International we can promote further development of China’s care for vulnerable children."
China’s rural-to-urban migrants looking for work number more than 250 million; the equivalent of 2/3 of the US moving from city to city.