As of January 15, 2017, Splash Nepal has completed the installation of water filtration systems and ensured drinking taps are available at all nine of the first set of MiiR-supported schools in Kathmandu. Additionally, Splash Nepal has collected post-intervention samples and tested the water quality at all nine schools, confirming they comply with the water quality standards stipulated by the World Health Organization. Along with the water filtration systems, Splash Nepal has completed the installation of hand washing stations at all nine schools covered under the grant agreement, achieving at least a 1 to 50 tap-to-student ratio.
Sanitation activities are underway, with detailed assessment and planning having been completed for all schools. Through the assessment, five schools were identified as needing significant plumbing and tap repairs. Besides plumbing to ensure water is available inside toilet facilities, planned improvements include tiling, installation of doors and door locks where needed, lighting and ventilation improvements and aesthetic enhancements through plaster and paint.
Already students have been observed drinking clean water and using hand washing stations during Splash Nepal site visits. Hygiene education is planned to take place the second week of February, after which regular monitoring will take place. As part of the hygiene education program, student’s knowledge will be tested before and after training sessions to assess the effectiveness of the activities.
As of December 12, 2016, Splash Nepal has completed baseline data collection and vetting procedures at all 9 schools selected for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) implementation under the MiiR grant agreement.
Since the initiation of the grant (November 1, 2016), Splash Nepal has completed a Needs Assessment for each school, based on the data collected: beneficiary demographics, WASH infrastructure conditions, water availability and quality, current hygiene behaviors, and water use practices.
With the information gathered from the Needs Assessments, Splash Nepal has ordered all required equipment and materials (water filtration systems, filter replacement parts, drinking stations, hand washing stations, plumbing and construction materials, etc.) from our licensed suppliers, which will be arriving at the Splash Nepal office in Kathmandu within the next couple of weeks.
While the team waits for the materials to arrive, Splash Nepal staff is finalizing contractual agreements (Memorandums of Understanding, MOUs) with each school and helping them to establish separate bank accounts for ongoing WASH Operation & Maintenance (O&M) funds per said agreement. Once materials have arrived, the project MOUs are signed, and the initial O&M deposit is confirmed, Splash Nepal will commence work toward: upgrading on-site plumbing, installing the water filtration systems, securing clean water lines to the fiberglass drinking stations, ensuring adequate water storage capacity, renovating sanitation facilities, training teachers and staff on basic filter maintenance, and integrating Splash’s hygiene education program into the school curriculum.
MiiR is proud to partner with Splash, a Seattle-based nonprofit enterprise that ensures clean water, clean hands and clean toilets for kids in Asia and Africa.
Together, Splash and MiiR are partnering to implement clean water, hygiene education and sanitation improvements at nine public schools in Kathmandu, Nepal, immediately benefitting approximately 1,200 children and thousands more in future years.
With 2.5 million people, Kathmandu Valley is the country's single largest urban economy and is critical to Nepal's economic growth. Current water services are inadequate and the poor often have little choice but to drink contaminated water. A citywide baseline survey of schools conducted before the devastating 2015 earthquake showed that the vast majority of non-Splash partner schools tested positive for E. coli and high presence of total coliform bacteria. Unclean water, particularly when coupled with unhygienic conditions and practices, is a fundamental threat to Nepali children’s health, education and opportunity. Splash’s goal is to reach all 650 public schools in urban Kathmandu, benefiting 175,000 children, by 2020.
Splash aims to improve the health and development of children in dense, urban areas by ensuring they have clean water, clean hands and clean toilets. Every day, Splash serves over 370,000 children in eight countries – China, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam - and is on track to serve one million children by 2020. Working in Nepal since 2007, Splash currently serves nearly 70% of the public school children in Kathmandu across 211 school sites. With our help, they aim to reach 100% of Kathmandu schools by 2020.
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