Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

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 […]


Filling the Gap: How The Water Project is working to prevent COVID-19 in Western Kenya

Friday, March 27th, 2020by Tom Murphy

The Water Project is working in coordination with the Kenyan government to respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Western Kenya. Because of our unique relationship with the communities where we work, we are amplifying our sanitation and hygiene lessons by promoting health messaging on local radio stations and working with communities to debunk […]


Note from our Founder about COVID-19

Friday, March 27th, 2020by Peter

  Dear Friend, Thanks for letting me connect with you directly during this uncertain time. First, I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. Many of you are no doubt facing the same types of impact we are, whether they’re financial, job-related, or simply the loss of daily interaction with those […]


Water, sanitation, and hygiene enable healthy lives

Friday, March 20th, 2020by Tom Murphy

Global awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap is on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For The Water Project, sanitation and hygiene training have always been a crucial part of our work – from building latrines in schools to teaching communities about the proper steps of handwashing. Water, sanitation, and hygiene are […]