Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

R&R at School: Reliable Water Brings Relief

Friday, February 19th, 2021by Tom Murphy

Two years ago, students at UBA Senior Secondary School in Sierra Leone did not have a reliable source of safe water. The well that was on the school grounds was unreliable and open, meaning it was unsafe for drinking. The more than 700 students at the school had to drop a bucket attached to a […]


Clean, accessible, reliable water doesn’t change anything – it changes everything

Friday, February 12th, 2021by Shannon Esrich

“Before this project was completed, getting water here was a real hustle,” said Roselyne Khasungu, a 35-year-old farmer and mother living in Emukangu, Kenya. Roselyne depends on Okhaso Spring for water, which we helped transform into a protected spring with flowing water a little over a year ago. The protected spring and the experience of […]


Water Lets Gardens, and Independence, Flourish

Friday, February 5th, 2021by Tom Murphy

Each morning, Mary Mutua woke up to walk more than 1.5 miles to fetch water from the Kituluni River. Hundreds of people in Maluvyu Village relied upon the seasonal river for water. Mary often waited in line to collect water from a seasonal scoop hole. On the days she did not want to wait, Mary […]


A message (and dance) of thanks

Thursday, November 26th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

This Thanksgiving season, there is so much that may be different from other years. Who we are with, where we are staying, and what we eat may all be unique. But what remains is a time to share our appreciation, gratitude, and joy in whatever way we can. We at The Water Project welcome you […]


Grit, trust, and collaboration: Restoring clean water to a community amid drought and a pandemic

Thursday, November 5th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

In Kenya, 2019 was one of the driest years on record – following the global trend of climate change driving severe weather patterns to the extreme. As a result, we observed increased regional fluctuations in the water table throughout Western Kenya. Asman Sumba Spring in Eshiakhulo, Kenya was one of the water points most impacted […]


At Home in Western Kenya

Friday, October 23rd, 2020by Shannon Esrich

We’ve all been spending more time at home these last few months, though what “home” looks like is as unique as the people inside it. Today we share images from life at home in Western Kenya, where our teams continue to train communities to help empower them to stay safe from the coronavirus. The similarities […]


A new well brings relief for Alhaji and his mother

Friday, June 12th, 2020by Tom Murphy

This used to be the most reliable water source for the 185 people living near #26 Old Town Road in Lungi, Sierra Leone: Another well in the community was the secondary source, but it runs dry for 3 months out of the year. That meant that for people to get water each day, they had […]


At Metah Spring, Dreams of Clean Water Run in the Family

Friday, June 5th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

Please note, all photos in this report were taken before social distancing recommendations went into effect. Pause. Think. When is the next time you will get clean water? Perhaps a cold drink from the sink, the refrigerator, or the water cooler – will it be within the next hour? For many, accessing clean water is […]


For Eugene, Spring Protection Was Personal

Friday, May 1st, 2020by Shannon Esrich

Please note, all photos in this story were taken before social distancing recommendations went into effect. Eugene remembers Edward Sabwa Spring from “before”. It had always served many people in his home village of Kisasi, Kenya, – up to 200 community members at present – but it had never been clean. The unprotected spring was […]


Changing Doubt Into Belief: Why Our Commitment To Clean Water Matters

Friday, April 24th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

Please note, all photos in this story were taken before physical distancing recommendations went into effect. Mr. David Murumbi lives in Shivembe in Western Kenya, where he is the landowner of Murumbi Spring. Mr. Murumbi has lived in Shivembe for the past 48 years – since he was born – and has drunk water from his […]