Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



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 […]

 

COVID-19 brings many challenges, but reliable water is not one


Friday, May 8th, 2020by Tom Murphy

The spread of COVID-19 in Kenya has brought new challenges to 70-year-old Wathi Muisyo. “My family has been affected greatly by Coronavirus. Kenyan citizens were advised to stay at home due to the virus,” she told us recently. “All the market days were closed down; as a result, we are unable to sell our farm […]

 

In Kenya, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Are Essential Services During COVID-19 Pandemic


Friday, April 17th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

Daily access to safe and reliable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) facilities are vital to building healthy and resilient communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, WaSH services are more essential than ever to help prevent and mitigate the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. It is for that reason that the Kenyan government has deemed our work […]

 

How we are prepared for COVID-19 in Sierra Leone


Thursday, April 9th, 2020by Tom Murphy

Sierra Leone has just 7 cases of COVID-19, but our teams have already taken a series of proactive steps to support communities as they prevent the spread of the virus and ensure that our wells are reliable and safe. Before the first reported case in the country, our teams visited each of our wells to […]