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 13 public schools in Kathmandu, Nepal, immediately benefitting approximately 1,500 children and thousands more in future years.
$40,000 benefitting 9 schools and 1,200 students (November 2016)
$15,000 benefitting 4 schools and 354 students (February 2017)
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.
With MiiR’s support, Splash is currently on track to reach 100% coverage of all government schools in Kathmandu by 2019. Splash continues to believe its best position to capitalize on this audacious goal is to shift from current role as direct implementer to one of collaborator with the government.
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 MiiR's help, they aim to reach 100% of Kathmandu schools by 2019.
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