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Help Us Raise Funds for Sierra Leone

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Ebola has been a tragic reality for the people of Sierra Leone over the last year. In the middle of this, we’ve remained more committed than ever to the people of Sierra Leone through a service and support program that focuses on keeping water flowing at approximately 100 previously installed projects. We’re also providing new water access for communities- made possible because of your support. Our partner and teams (Mariatu’s Hope) have been brave and selfless – and we are so proud of them.

Now, the N’Baimbaya community has requested your help.  238 people, 120 of whom are children, believe their future doesn’t have to be drinking from a swamp. Our teams are currently working with the community to develop a WaSH Committee and have commented on the undeniable hope they find in the initiative and cooperation from this community. Now it’s your turn.

Let’s stand with them and make a new water well a reality! 

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Mobile Monitoring Training in Kenya

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This is Paul, he is a Community Development worker focusing on hygiene and sanitation. He works for Bridge Water Project, one of our partnering NGOs here Kenya. He’s learned how to submit a sanitation survey through his phone. Kenya is leading the way in mobile banking and we want to help Kenya pave the way for mobile monitoring of water points. We can monitor functionality of water points and collect data with a cell phone, airtime, sweat equity and a great mobile monitoring app by mWater. Training is going great and we even had the chance to conduct the first surveys! 

 

Boda Boda Traveling in Kenya

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The work we do at The Water Project isn’t easy, but your support does help greatly and makes a big impact. Every bit helps. We couldn’t do our jobs efficiently if it wasn’t for the boda boda drivers that take us from site to site on narrow rural roads that are impossible to pass with a car. We really love the saying on the front of this boda boda. “Never Give Up.” It seems to sum up our feelings about clean water perfectly!

 

A New Well for St Emmanuel Church

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St Emmanuel Kapng’etuny Church in Kenya was getting their water  from gravity piped water from Kipkaren Township Water project. The dam is located 1.5km away from the church compound. The water was turbid and wasn’t receiving any treatment before being released to the community hence, the water was only good for animals to drink and irrigation purposes.

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New Well for the Shipala Community

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Shipala Community in Kenya is comprised of small scale farmers and most of their activities depend on water. To fetch water, community members would walk a half mile each way to a protected stream.

However, the stream was seasonal and during the dry season, you’d have to wake up early for the chance of water. People in the community have also gotten sick by drinking contaminated water.

Now, thanks to your help, the Shipala Community have a rehabbed well with clean and safe water and their lives will be forever changed. Read more about their story here.

 

We Know Water is Flowing Here

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Remote water-point monitoring is becoming a reality. Our monthly donors are making it happen.

The L’Wanda K Secondary school, pictured above, is home to nearly 200 students. And as you know, daily access to safe water is essential to their education, good health and hopeful futures. But we really can’t fully celebrate the benefits of safe water unless we know that water flows, every day.

This week, we began receiving live monitoring data from this school and two additional remote sensors installed on water wells in Western Kenya!

This exciting new technology compliments our teams that are already revisiting past water projects. With its addition, we can now remotely monitor in near real-time whether water is flowing. We’ll see how many times a well has been used on a given day. And we’ll collect other metrics that help our teams build better programs and know when a water point might be in need of attention.
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Over the next year, our plan is to add 50 or more sensors to new and existing well points as we expand initial testing. Your monthly giving will make every one of these possible. 

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A visit with the Kee Self Help Group

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The Kee Sand Dam

Our Water Programs Director, Crissie Ferrara, is in Kenya this week visiting a number of our partners and implementing teams.  For the past few days, she’s been spending time with Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF), visiting some of our recently completed water projects to see the kinds of progress these innovative solutions make possible.

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Safe Water in Urban Settlements

Today, Crissie (Water Programs Director) spent time visiting our partners, Pamoja Trust, and a section of the Mathare Slum known as Mashimoni.  We’re currently funding a legal piped water network to at least 50 plots via a micro-loan program.

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CHWs, Leaders and youth sat down to discuss the pressing issue of lack of water

Crissie’s day began with the team discussing the pressing issue of lack of water and sanitation in the area and how a piped water supply will effect rent prices in the slums. Continue Reading »

 

Water Project May Updates

Here’s just some of what our teams have been up to lately…

The Water Project successfully delivered clean water to eight communities in May, with four more projects nearing completion. We are excited to share that the hard work of our dedicated teams impacted a total of over 4,000 recipients across eastern Africa.

Kenya4222 18 Pupils of Emahungu primary school on interviewBy providing access to clean water and sanitation, The Water Project and our partners have been able to bring hope to schools, communities and even a local police station (and the surrounding village) throughout the area.  Our efforts have resulted in better awareness of health and hygiene techniques, economic stimulation and an increased focus on education.

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She Did What for Water?

Stacey’s dream; to raise enough money to help The Water Project build a well to provide clean, safe water to a community in Africa.

She’s committed to seeing it happen.

Really committed… like… shave her head committed.

Stacey’s put all her hair on the line on the floor.  She promised to chop off her “blonde locks” in return for donations to her water well fundraising campaign, and even before she’s hit her goal, Stacey has kept that promise!!

Stacey says she’s “trading something that is very valuable to me, to give others a chance at life!”

In addition to inspiring her friends to give, all that beautiful blonde hair is now on its way to creating a wig for a cancer patient – doubling the good!

Now it’s your turn.

Help Stacey Fund a Well like This!

Stacey’s close friends worked really hard to raise over $1,800.  But there’s still a ways to go to reach the goal.

You can join in by donating to her fundraising page.  Together, you’ll fund a water well in Kenya, helping unlock potential in a developing community. You’ll help Stacey achieve her goal and you’ll change the lives of hundreds of people.

…and you don’t even need to harm a hair on your own head (unless you want to, which would be cool, so send a video).