Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



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 […]

 

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 […]

 

A Day in the Life: Olive Kamusiime, Community Development Officer in Uganda


Friday, April 9th, 2021by Tom Murphy

What inspires Community Development Officer Olive Kamusime? People like Kirya Darlison come immediately to Olive’s mind. “She is a woman of reference for me that I love to use to encourage other struggling mothers,” Olive said. Ms. Darlinson is from Kimigi Kyamatama community in Uganda. The widowed mother of seven children, who range from thirty-two […]

 

World Water Day: How do you value water?


Friday, March 26th, 2021by Shannon Esrich

On Monday, March 22, 2021, The Water Project joined countless others in the global community celebrating World Water Day. This year’s theme was “Valuing Water,” putting this precious commodity’s importance in all aspects of life in the spotlight. When discussing something as universally critical to life as water, it is common to refer to it […]

 

A Day in the Life: Jeff Maluki, Field Officer in Southeast Kenya


Friday, March 19th, 2021by Tom Murphy

Field Officer Jeff Maluki spends a lot of time each day traveling between project sites. The semi-arid region of Southeast Kenya is vast and often dry. “My job requires a lot of traveling as I have to visit several groups in a day which are often far apart. I spend around one hour thirty minutes, […]

 

A Day in the Life: Adelaide Nasimiyu, Field Officer in Western Kenya


Friday, March 12th, 2021by Shannon Esrich

It’s 5:00 am, and Adelaide is already up; it’s time for┬ámorning devotions and reading a book. By 7:00 am, Adelaide is out the door after making herself breakfast – an hour earlier than she used to leave before the pandemic. Her earlier start is due to the safety guidelines of avoiding public transport, as she […]