Scale & Scope
By many accounts, Thailand can be considered a beacon of economic growth and development in Southeast Asia. The 1980’s brought a boom of industrial growth to what was once strictly an agro-based economy. While there are many threats to a stabilized Thailand, least of which is continued government instability at the highest office, rural to urban migration is once again moving at a rapid pace, as well as cross-border immigration, with over 4.4 million new residents in Bangkok alone since 2000.
In ten years Thailand decreased its percentage of people living in poverty by 50%
Show a Thai corporation how to steal our model as their own.
2,996.8 sq mi
The national government has done an incredible job at providing centralized care in Bangkok for some of the nation’s most vulnerable children. With this well-established network in place, we started out our first year in Thailand by working in some of the largest orphanages and centers for disabled children in the country. Not surprisingly, we quickly found that there were other, better equipped, and locally appropriate organizations who could do the work we do just as well– if not better. Surprisingly, we found them in the for-profit sector.
Thailand’s commercial market and distribution channels for water filtration are quite advanced. Yet poverty facing the urban poor continues to be endemic and deeply entrenched. As such, Splash has decided to partner with a Thai-born publicly-traded filtration company (the same company that installs and maintains a significant share of multi-national food and hotel chains throughout Thailand) to design their CSR platform for the long term. We have dedicated a five-year runway to co-financing projects and working directly with this corporation to plot out how they can best leverage their own core strengths to support the poorest communities within their existing business zones– effectively outpacing our speed and outperforming our abilities and paying for that work through their own revenue streams. Splash is preparing for our exit in 2015.
The 2 sq mi Khlong Toei slum in Bangkok is home to over 159,000 residents—more than 3x the density of New York City.