Splash’s efforts to reach the most vulnerable communities are especially relevant in this increasingly hygiene-focused environment. In the cities where we work and in the congested schools where we focus our attention, handwashing is a critical component to improving the immediate and long-term health of kids. This is especially relevant now during this challenging time and looking to the future.
Please see below for more information on how Splash is responding to COVID-19.
Handwashing with soap is the first line of defense against the virus and one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
At Splash, there are a number of ways COVID-19 is affecting our people and operations. As supporters of our mission, we want to ensure you are aware of this impact and how we are responding. Our decisions are being guided by advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), and by the experience and leadership of our own team. We remain committed to ensuring that children in vulnerable communities have clean water, behavior programs focused on handwashing, decent toilets, and menstrual health education to support their health and well-being.
We are very concerned about the student beneficiaries we serve in Addis Ababa and Kolkata, as well as their teachers and families. Schools are closed in Ethiopia and the government has just announced a five-month state of emergency. India declared a 21-day national lockdown in March, including school closures, which has now been extended to May 3. It is not clear how long school closures will be in effect in either case. This has widespread impacts on students from interrupted learning, nutrition/food insecurity (many students in both cities rely on school feeding programs), reduced child safety, and higher dropout rates.
Globally, we are looking at how to ramp up the production of our patented handwashing stations, to provide them to the NGOs, companies, and governments who can deploy them broadly.
In Ethiopia, we are supporting the government’s efforts to protect their citizens in two important ways:
COVID-19 cases have spread to the core countries where we work in and we are monitoring these situations closely.
We wish that we could celebrate with you in person, but in order to keep the Splash community safe amidst the COVID-19 crisis, our annual gala has gone virtual. With your support, the Just Add Water gala will ensure that Splash has the resources we need to continue serving the kids, schools, and vulnerable communities that rely on our programs. You can learn more by visiting our event website.