Scale & Scope
Ethiopia is the oldest independent country on the African continent—and it is also the second most greatly populated. Considered by many to have one of the most stable governments within Africa, Ethiopia has still been struck by devastation via both famine and war. There has now been rapid economic growth in Ethiopia, over the past decade, but nearly 25% of its citizens live on less than one dollar per day. Poor water access, plus infectious diseases, are leading factors contributing to high probability of infant and childhood mortality.
Ethiopia is the second most populated country in Africa
Every kindergarten and primary school in Addis Ababa.
Addis Ababa is among the fastest growing urban areas in the world. Since 1970 the population has tripled in size. The United Nations believes that urban growth in Ethiopia will continue, projecting that by 2030, the total number of urban residents will rise from 13.9 million in 2010 to 28.4 million. This level of growth is always coupled with challenges, challenges that most directly affect the urban poor. It is estimated that over 80% of Addis’ population lives in slum districts with poor infrastructure and very limited access to adequate water and sanitation. Based on the JMP definition of improved sanitation facilities, urban coverage is at a staggeringly low rate of 29%. Water quality and scarcity are a real threat to the health and livelihood of residents in Addis Ababa, and that’s why we’re here. We believe that our technical expertise coupled with a proven, scalable strategy will have positive, lasting affects on the most vulnerable of its citizens.
For Splash, water and hygiene work in Ethiopia represents our first attempt on the African continent. Where Splash is escalating toward scale in specific Asian contexts, we are only getting started within an African context. Today, Splash serves over 16,000 children in 15 schools, 8 orphanages, 5 shelters and 2 hospitals. But this is a small number for Splash. We are still learning, assessing, planning and strategizing. As a boon toward this end, Splash has most recently been collaborating with the Addis Ababa Education Bureau and other regional actors to strengthen partnerships and align goals with existing government priorities, all while targeting the largest number of children in the neediest areas.
"To achieve the goal we set for Education, students need to get the provision of clean water, health and hygiene education and service. Since Splash’s activities are bringing effective results towards these goals, its action should be strengthened and continuous."
100% of kids surveyed prefer dousing each other with water rather than doing schoolwork.