Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



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 […]

 

Goodbye Closure Notice, Hello Education: How Water and Latrines Keep Schools Open


Friday, April 3rd, 2020by Shannon Esrich

In Kenya, many schools are constantly on the lookout for the dreaded closure notice from the Ministry of Public Health due to the schools’ challenges with water, sanitation, or hygiene – and sometimes all 3. Kipchorwa Primary School in Western Kenya was no exception. Its 400+ students were relying on dirty stream water for drinking, […]

 

How a commitment to reliable water turned around Mukunyuku RC Primary School


Friday, March 13th, 2020by Tom Murphy

In the past, Mukunyuku RC Primary School was an undesirable posting for teachers in Western Kenya. In 2017, Kennedy Wesonga was posted to the school as the new head teacher. He was not happy with the assignment. Mr. Wesonga wondered why his promotion from deputy head teacher to head teacher was to a school like […]

 

Women of WaSH: Who We Are


Friday, March 6th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

On this year’s International Women’s Day, we celebrate and salute all of the girls, women, and allies who are working to reach gender equity through access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH). Globally, we know that the water crisis disproportionately affects women and girls.¬†Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys […]

 

No more stress during the dry season


Friday, February 28th, 2020by Tom Murphy

At a time like this in previous years, Masaani community members would be stressed out due to water scarcity as a result of the lingering drought. In this region of Southeastern Kenya, dry spells are increasingly common due to the effect of climate change on the region. However, in the past year, such concerns have […]