Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



Should students be back in school? Thanks to safe water, these students think so!


Tuesday, September 14th, 2021by Jamie Heminway

In the United States, parents’ opinions about their children returning to school this year are…mixed.  In most U.S. communities, parents are divided about whether students should be back to school in-person. Some also disagree whether students who are learning in-person should wear masks. In the regions where The Water Project works, however, virtual learning isn’t […]

 

Staff Spotlight: Erick Wagaka, Deputy Programs Coordinator, Western Kenya


Thursday, September 9th, 2021by Tom Murphy

I am Erick Wagaka, and currently serving as the Deputy Programs Coordinator in Western Kenya. I have held this position since mid-2018. Before this new assignment, I served as a Training Manager. I joined the team of dedicated staff members working in Western Kenya to ensure that the residents of this region enjoy reliable water, […]

 

Reliable Water + Knowledge on COVID-19 = Safe Return to School


Thursday, August 12th, 2021by Tom Murphy

Students around the world are back to school or are about to start a new school year. At each of our projects, we provide hygiene and sanitation training to prevent the spread of diseases – including COVID-19. Access to safe, reliable water is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. But access alone is not […]

 

Facing the future without fear


Friday, July 16th, 2021by Tom Murphy

The students at Sawawa Secondary school did not have a safe water source. Students lowered a bucket on a rope down into the well to fetch water, submerge it, then pull it back up and pour the water into their personal containers. During the dry season, the water dried up, and students are forced to […]

 

Context matters to achieve safe water for 1.6 billion people


Friday, July 2nd, 2021by Tom Murphy

More people around the world have access to safely managed water than ever before. The percentage of people with safe water at home increased from 70 percent in 2016 to 74 percent in 2020, according to a new report from the UN’s Joint Monitoring Program. But there is still more work to be done. The rate […]

 

Fatherhood Through Their Eyes


Friday, June 18th, 2021by Tom Murphy

While dad jokes can be soul-crushing, dad stories often refill our cup and have us all leaning in a bit closer to listen, knowing that it will bring a smile to our face. Here at TWP, over the past year-plus during the pandemic, our USA staff started a small weekly tradition to keep morale up […]

 

Reflecting on challenges and triumphs from early days of COVID-19 sensitization


Friday, June 4th, 2021by Shannon Esrich

More than a year and a half into the pandemic, time can feel both like it has flown and dragged on. Yet here we are still grappling with a deadly virus, but bolstered every day with increasing knowledge on prevention and care. For our teams worldwide, each country has faced unique waves of the virus […]

 

A day in the life of a community engagement officer in Sierra Leone


Friday, May 21st, 2021by Tom Murphy

Mohamed Turay is a community engagement officer working with The Water Project in Sierra Leone. We asked him to describe what a typical day looks like for him, from life at home to working with communities to support access to safe water. This is his story, in his words. Growing up with a routine-oriented father, […]

 

A Day in the Life: Moms of WASH


Friday, May 7th, 2021by Shannon Esrich

This Mothers’ Day, The Water Project celebrates the many women we work with who are also moms, whether their children are just arrived, already making families of their own, or somewhere in between. Here, we highlight a few of these incredible women who pour their passion, dedication, and commitment not just into their roles at […]

 

Earth Day and Sand Dams: Restoring our Earth


Friday, April 23rd, 2021by Shannon Esrich

This year’s global Earth Day theme is “Restore our Earth,” both a command and an answer if one were to ask, “What can we as a global community do in the face of the climate crisis?” At The Water Project, the teams we work with in southeast Kenya respond to this question every day. Their […]