Poorer areas of India and Ethiopia need access to clean water, civil engineering infrastructure development to improve sanitation as well as hygiene supplies and medicine.
They need all of those things… and the intermediary charity layer that brings these essential elements of life to them needs some means of analysing its performance and monitoring how successfully it is carrying out its missions and initiatives.
One such organisation is Splash.
The Seattle-based nonprofit is dedicated to providing water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to children in urban Asia and Africa.
In line with its annual technology conference, data analytics visualisation company Tableau announced news of Tableau Foundation now committing US$1 million to help deliver clean water to 1 million children in India and Ethiopia.
“Our partnership with the Tableau Foundation will not only help us reach 1 million kids, helping them to lead healthier lives, but it is also transforming how we approach our mission by uncovering reliable, real-time information about the water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure in the schools where we work, ensuring that our solutions are sustainable over the long-term,” stated Eric Stowe, Splash founder and executive director.
Splash is working to expand its mission to two of the world’s largest cities – Kolkata, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition to financial support from Tableau Foundation, Splash will use the Tableau analytics technology to expand its reach and create a working model for governments in both cities.
Global head of Tableau Foundation Neal Myrick explains that poor water quality and inadequate sanitation are among the leading causes of disease, especially for children.
Where most water-focused organizations are focused on bringing clean water to rural areas, Splash is focused on urban WASH (water And sanitation & hygiene), specifically in schools.
The United Nations predicts that by 2030, the global population will increase to 8.5 billion, and by 2050, 75% of the world’s population will be in urban cities, with growth centered in developing countries. This explosive growth highlights the urgent need for improving critical water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and infrastructure.
Splash focuses on WASH because 88% of cases of diarrhea worldwide are attributable to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene. These cases result in 1.5 million deaths each year, most being children. With children up to 14 years of age in developing countries suffering a disproportionate share of this burden, Splash focuses on child-serving institutions.