Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

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 […]


Our Global Neighborhood

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020by Peter

Though our circumstances, geography, and cultures might be different – this virus impacts all of us in similar ways. During the pandemic, we continue to share stories highlighting experiences of the people we serve and now how COVID-19 is impacting their lives.


Sierra Leone: Water everyday, and drilling wells in wells

Monday, December 9th, 2019by Tom Murphy

Making sure there isn’t an end date on impact. Innovation comes from knowing and continually facing the truth of challenges. In Sierra Leone, we drill wells inside of wells to increase water yield. Imagine if your water company considered your family to have water simply because pipes were installed in your home years ago. Or, […]


The 10 Year Challenge

Thursday, February 14th, 2019by Peter

The Water Project has worked with communities who do not have access to reliable water for more than 10 years now. The “10 year challenge” meme provided the opportunity to reflect on all the things that have changed and on things we have accomplished since the start of The Water Project. However, the thing that […]


Did you know that 1 out of 3 people do not have access to a safe toilet?

Monday, November 19th, 2018by Peter

Some 4.5 billion people today either do not have a toilet or use one that does not safely manage human waste. Of that total, there are 892 million people who still practice open defecation. This is a big problem. Diseases like cholera are spread through contact with human feces. In fact, the city of Boston […]


The Value of Relationship: Trust – Part 5 of 5

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018by Peter

Part 5: Trust This is all a learning process, but we are not hiding our challenges. Sweeping any failure under the rug simply doesn’t make sense. That cuts out the legs of the shared table where we all sit. The goal is never installation. It is always reliability. Failure is only ever an interim step […]


The Value of Relationship – The Table: Part 4 of 5

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018by Peter

Part 4: The Table At The Water Project, we like to imagine that achieving access to safe, reliable water is like a family meeting. Everyone involved has a seat at a large round table — an equal position for all around the meal. At the table sits The Water Project, our local teams, members of the community where […]


The Value of Relationship: Accountability – Part 3 of 5

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018by Peter

Part 3: Fostering Accountability Traditionally, accountability and even corrective action for development projects come from the top. This can lead to the wrong solutions or an intervention based on faulty, imported assumptions. We see it all the time in the graveyards of good meaning, in failed water projects within our program areas. Each nonfunctional project […]


The Value of Relationship – Partnership: Part 2 of 5

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018by Peter

Part 2 : Redefining Partnership Our partners are local experts, artisans, and development professionals organized as recognized in-country NGOs. Together we determine the most reliable water solution — whether it is a dam in southeastern Kenya, a borehole in Uganda, or rainwater tank for a school in western Kenya. When they leverage their deep knowledge of each […]


The Value of Relationship – A five part series

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018by Peter

Part 1: Relationships, not wells, are key to safe water by Tom Murphy: Reporting Officer, The Water Project The Water Project does not build wells. We build relationships. Before dismissing what is seemingly a trite expression, allow me to explain what I mean because it is a crucial distinction that means the difference between contributing to a […]