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 […]


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 […]


Empowering a safe and healthy return to school in Kenya

Friday, January 29th, 2021by Shannon Esrich

Since last March, students across Kenya have been home from school when the Kenyan government enacted nation-wide school closures to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although the government allowed a partial school reopening in November and December so that the final-year grades of each school level could take their exams, most students […]


In Kenya, springing to action as schools partially reopen

Friday, November 20th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

When Kenya closed schools nationwide in March 2020 to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, we worked carefully to ensure all school rain tanks and latrines already underway reached completion despite the closure. To achieve this, we relied on a combination of mutual trust and communication with the schools and students’ families to […]


When a well gives you water, make soap

Friday, October 2nd, 2020by Tom Murphy

Water and soap are the key ingredients to clean hands. The lack of access to basic handwashing facilities (soap and water) is a significant issue in low-income countries. Some 818 million children lack basic handwashing facilities at their schools, said the World Health Organization in August. In all, some 3 billion people worldwide do not […]


Simple Technologies for a Complex Problem: Tools for Handwashing Without Running Water

Friday, September 25th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

Global Handwashing Day is October 15, 2020, and it comes when messages of handwashing have lept from lessons at home and school to international headlines. To help protect ourselves from COVID-19, one message has been clear for months: frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is an effective way to help […]


Our COVID-19 Prevention Impact: 71,160+ People Reached So Far

Friday, August 14th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

“Being on the frontlines in preventing the virus is not easy, especially if you are not properly equipped. The fear of exposing yourself to the virus every day is real,” said Catherine Chepkemoi, the leader of 1 of our 4 teams working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kenya. “But the driving force, in this […]


Promoting healthy behaviors in Sierra Leone’s markets

Friday, May 29th, 2020by Tom Murphy

Before the first case of COVID-19 arrived in Sierra Leone, our teams mobilized to train the communities that use wells we support on the virus and how to prevent its spread. After reaching each water point community, we moved on to other critical areas in communities. One crucial area is the markets where people go […]


Upholding a promise of reliable water during a pandemic

Friday, May 22nd, 2020by Tom Murphy

At The Water Project, we spend a lot of our time ensuring that every water point provides safe water today. More than 1,500 water points are visited up to 4 times a year to ensure that they function properly. That information is made public for anyone to see. If someone supported a well in Sierra […]


This is how COVID-19 is impacting families in Kenya

Friday, May 15th, 2020by Tom Murphy

In this extraordinary time, we continue to partner with communities across Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. We are checking in to see how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people and their families. The Water Project is considered an essential organization due to our longstanding work on hygiene and sanitation. We expanded our work in response […]