Scale & Scope
The Kingdom of Cambodia continues to build on what is now two decades of relative stability post the horrors of the Khmer Rouge rule. While still heavily depending on foreign aid, Cambodia’s natural resources are drawing foreign aid from other Asian countries, allowing for a measure of economic independence. Sadly, coupled with that has always been deep-rooted corruption and poverty, with one-third of Cambodia’s population living on less than a dollar per day.
40% of Cambodian children are classified as child laborers
Become a fully localized, self-sustaining social enterprise.
When Splash launched in Cambodia in 2008, partnerships were forged with large NGOs working on behalf of children: pediatric hospitals, feeding centers, rescue homes and schools. This led Splash to become geographically disperse (and not as concentrated as in other countries of service) with 66 sites in 4 cities around the country. Through this trajectory, Splash has learned a great deal about national scale, and the practices that are the most promising in that regard.
After 7 years and 66 sites, Splash decided to analyze the model for greatest promise of sustainability. Splash has been working with the Yunus Center at the Asia Institute of Technology to analyze financial and business practices that bear the greatest promise for the long range. Deep analysis has led us to believe that Splash’s greatest opportunity for impact will come through social enterprise: commerical endeavours that benefit social good.
2014 marks our first year of pushing toward this goal. In fact, when Splash installs water filtration systems in 2014, 100% came by way of Splash operating as a commercial-service (with paying customers) rather than a charity-provider (with customers served via philanthropy). Based on this experience, Splash envisions transition to an exclusively social enterprise approach by 2017, pending success in preparing Splash-Cambodia to stand alone, function smoothly, and be financially independent.
"Department of Education, Youth and Sport highly appreciate Splash’s working activities, and we strongly support its program which promotes health education for students in Phnom Penh city.”