Splash is a nonprofit organization that delivers water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), solutions for children living in urban poverty. Founded in 2007, Splash serves nearly 600,000 children daily across eight countries in Asia and Africa.
With rapid population growth and urbanization, many governments struggle to provide equitable WASH services to urban communities. As a result, children in slum and resource poor neighborhoods significantly lag in health and education. Splash sees this as a huge opportunity to make cities more equitable and livable for the urban poor by starting with government schools that typically serve the most vulnerable children.
Customized for each country and project site, Splash installs water filtration systems, increases water storage, provides drinking and hand washing stations, conducts hygiene education by training teachers and facilitating student hygiene clubs, and rehabilitates or constructs new sanitation facilities. At every new site, Splash helps ensure sustainability through training, provision of spare parts, and developing local supply chains. The long-term goal of every project is to transition the responsibility of ensuring clean water to local businesses and governments.
Splash is 501C-3 and has recently launched a for profit social enterprise LLC bringing some of their proven tools to market.
Impact, Scale and Replication
Splash’s ultimate goal is for NGOs and governments to replicate their model to new cities and countries.
Since 2007, Splash has reached nearly 600,000 children across eight countries through schools, orphanages, shelters, and pediatric hospitals.
In 2019, Splash launched Project WISE (WASH in Schools for Everyone), a groundbreaking, five-year initiative to reach one million children in schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kolkata, India by 2023 with improved WASH infrastructure, behavior change programs for children and school staff, and strengthened menstrual health services. With a 2020 budget of $10.4M, the organization plans to reach 250,000 children across 280 new schools.
As part of Project WISE, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will also conduct a multi-year evaluation to assess the impact of Splash's interventions on student health and school attendance, especially for girls. Results are expected for publication in 2024. This represents the largest proof of concept impact study of its kind.
Splash and Project WISE are supported by a growing consortium of generous donors that includes: Alwaleed Philanthropies, Autodesk Foundation, British Asian Trust, charity: water, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Tableau Foundation, and more.
With headquarters in Seattle and a team of more than 100 staff in 2020, spread across 3 countries, Splash is on an upward trajectory. It offers a vibrant, fun, entrepreneurial, and multicultural environment. Founder Eric Stowe continues to lead with a dynamic, skilled, and sophisticated leadership team that brings experience across sectors and geographies.