Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

The Water Project Made Waves at the UNC Water and Health Conference 2023

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Back in October, four members of The Water Project’s (TWP) staff attended the internationally recognized University of North Carolina (UNC) Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) nonprofit, The Water Project always gains significant knowledge from this conference, and this year was no different. But 2023 […]


Once You Give Water, They Bring the Change: The Idea Behind Our Giving Tuesday Stories

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

When brainstorming ideas for our upcoming Giving Tuesday campaign way back in June, I asked a question. What if our donors could actually see a few examples of what extraordinary things can happen once they help people gain access to water? 


Thankful for a Dark Uniform: What People Without Clean Water are Grateful For

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023by Jamie Heminway

With so much being said about gratitude in today’s world, it’s hard for those of us who stand on a sturdy physiological foundation without much fear of it crumbling to imagine what it would be like to conduct our everyday lives without it.


Even in the Modern Era, Hand-Dug Wells Can Still Be the Best Choice

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Nowadays, a quick Google search will tell you that hand-dug wells are reserved for homesteaders and historical reenactors — but that’s in the industrialized world. In sub-Saharan Africa, where people are often left to find their own water, it’s a totally different story. Hand-dug wells are still an important household source where water is not […]


The Stories We Tell at a Storytelling Conference

Monday, November 13th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

When I started at The Water Project (TWP) in 2021, I was a Program Services Reporting Officer — one of the people who writes and compiles the reports our donors get about their specific project(s) when they give. I carefully crafted my bio for our website, writing, “Jamie is a storyteller by nature.” Then, in […]


From Water Scarcity to Abundance: How Solar Technology Enabled a Community That Once Suffered Without Water to Sell It for Profit

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023by Jamie Heminway

In the past, The Water Project has ventured into solar-powered water sources in both Southeast Kenya and Sierra Leone. Now, seeing the incredible impact of solar projects on communities where water used to be miles away, we’re researching how to incorporate solar technology into more of our projects in the future.  “Piped water can be […]


Gender in Water-Fetching Culture: Even Within Kenya, It’s Not Always the Same

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023by Olivia Chebet

In Western Kenya, it is the role of women, girls, and children to fetch water. Growing up as a young girl in Kenya, I saw only women and girls fetching water, and not men. We also rarely take the time to understand why fetching water is predominantly considered the “woman’s job” (or that of children). […]


When Clean Water Isn’t an Option: How People in Western Kenya Cope

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023by Jacklyne Chelagat

Life without clean water is very challenging. It has been said repeatedly that “water is life,” and without it, life can be so difficult. But how do people survive without safe and clean water? What do they do? To find answers, I met with a few people in Western Kenya currently living without clean and […]


Global Handwashing Day: Why Handwashing is More Important than Ever in a Post-COVID-19 World

Sunday, October 15th, 2023by Sam Ngidiwe

With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, one thing I have not heard consistently is officials encouraging communities to maintain the basic rule of hand hygiene to prevent the spread of other infectious diseases.


“Vision without action is a lost dream”: How multi-year giving allows us to dream big!

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

No one can see the future. But with water availability for billions of people on the line, we at The Water Project (TWP) are always trying to do just that, as a forward look means more people get clean water sooner. And you, as a donor, can be more helpful with this than you may […]