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Project WISE (WASH in Schools for Everyone) Ethiopia

Infrastructure design and advisory services to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services for students in Addis Ababa

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Reaching schools in Addis Ababa with improved water, sanitation, and hygiene services takes thoughtful design and collaboration

Everyone deserves access to clean water and sanitation facilities. That’s why Splash, a US-based non-profit organization, is implementing Project WISE (WASH in Schools for Everyone) in Ethiopia—a five-year effort to reach every government school in Addis Ababa with improved water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and menstrual health solutions to ultimately benefit over 500,000 children.

Our team worked with Splash and local engineers in Ethiopia to develop standard school sanitation prototypes appropriate for the local context in Addis Ababa. Our design objective was to create a positive and safe sanitation environment for children—especially girls—at school. The resulting design includes safe access for children with special needs, maximizes natural light and ventilation while ensuring privacy, provides easy handwashing access, and integrates water storage and use of local materials.

Our international team’s technical expertise was successfully leveraged with local knowledge to create functional, cost-effective, and aspirational school sanitation prototypes that will be used as a basis for the construction of sanitation facilities at nearly 400 schools across Addis Ababa. 

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Meet Our Team

Loren Labovitch, Vice President, Regional Leader, International Development Group (North America)

As trusted advisors and partners, we strive to have a positive and lasting impact for our clients, the environment, and the communities where we work.
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Jeannette Laramee, International Water and Sanitation Engineer

I believe integrated, life-cycle approaches which prioritize environmental benefits can deliver the best value solution for our clients.
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Rebecca Grandi, Business Operations Manager, International Development

With the global climate warming and urban centers growing, there’s never been a more critical time to be involved in international development.
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Maureen Kesaano, Water and Sanitation Designer

I personally relate to the challenges faced by the communities we serve. Knowing that the work we do makes a difference is a great feeling.
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Michael McWhirter, Vice President, Project Manager

I ensure that projects in developing and transitioning economies are delivered to the highest standards.
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Julie Novak, Principal, Contracts Manager, International Development

I’m committed to managing contracts that allow us to provide expertise for donor-funded infrastructure in the most vulnerable communities.
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Loren Labovitch

Vice President, Regional Leader, International Development Group (North America)

Jeannette Laramee

International Water and Sanitation Engineer

Rebecca Grandi

Business Operations Manager, International Development

Maureen Kesaano

Water and Sanitation Designer

Michael McWhirter

Vice President, Project Manager

Julie Novak

Principal, Contracts Manager, International Development

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