A Seattle startup is working to bring change for children in some of our world’s poorest areas. It’s focus – clean drinking water.
“Without safe water nothing else follows,” said Eric Stowe, the founder of the Seattle-based startup Splash.
Replicating the same water filtration system found in many restaurants around the world, Splash is bringing clean water to communities in 8 countries. The charity hopes to reach one million children by 2020.
To make his point, he showed us a bottle of rust-colored water from the largest children’s hospital in Nepal. Next to it is another sample taken just hours later from the same location and it’s clear. Splash’s system provides clean water for drinking, hand washing and toilets.
A current project is underway in Calcutta India: five schools, 3,200 kids, $40,000. Splash has made it the center of their Giving Tuesday campaign. It’s also partnering with MiiR, a local company selling bicycles, bags and bottles where every product sold funds trackable giving projects. The two Seattle-based companies will fund several projects to benefit 1,200 kids at nine schools in Nepal by January.
“These kids have great barriers in front of them. One of the biggest, and certainly one of the first, is safe water. So Splash’s goal is to make sure that we’re moving that from their potential, from where they’re heading,” explained Stowe.
But the charity has an even bigger goal. It wants the communities it enters to become self-sufficient so it can walk away and move onto the next area in need.
“Our model is not built upon constant growth for us. We’re not looking to be in every country, every city, on and on,” said Stowe. “We’re looking to prove that there’s a solution that can scale. A solution that can be replicated by other organizations.”
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You can learn more about Splash by visiting its website.