Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



Kenya Department of Water Teams Up with The Water Project to Boost Water Access in Kakamega County


Monday, January 22nd, 2024by Jamie Heminway

January 8, 2024 Kenya’s Kakamega County Department of Water and Sanitation is collaborating with The Water Project, a prominent Non-Governmental Organization in the water sector, to enhance water accessibility in the County. The joint effort aims to sink a minimum of 40 boreholes and safeguard over 60 springs across this financial year in Western Kenya. […]

 

Once You Give Water, They Bring the Change: The Idea Behind Our Giving Tuesday Stories


Tuesday, November 28th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

When brainstorming ideas for our upcoming Giving Tuesday campaign way back in June, I asked a question. What if our donors could actually see a few examples of what extraordinary things can happen once they help people gain access to water? 

 

Gender in Water-Fetching Culture: Even Within Kenya, It’s Not Always the Same


Wednesday, October 25th, 2023by Olivia Chebet

In Western Kenya, it is the role of women, girls, and children to fetch water. Growing up as a young girl in Kenya, I saw only women and girls fetching water, and not men. We also rarely take the time to understand why fetching water is predominantly considered the “woman’s job” (or that of children). […]

 

When Clean Water Isn’t an Option: How People in Western Kenya Cope


Wednesday, October 18th, 2023by Jacklyne Chelagat

Life without clean water is very challenging. It has been said repeatedly that “water is life,” and without it, life can be so difficult. But how do people survive without safe and clean water? What do they do? To find answers, I met with a few people in Western Kenya currently living without clean and […]

 

Enabling Zero Emissions on the Ground this Zero Emissions Day


Wednesday, September 20th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

In honor of International Zero Emissions Day tomorrow, we thought we’d update you on how climate change impacts our work and the measures our local teams are taking to counteract its effects.  Our staff members are battling on the front lines of climate change, both in educating their water users about its effects and in […]

 

Catherine’s Rise to Woman Leader – Thanks to Water


Wednesday, September 6th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Living without clean water taught me many lessons. 

 

A Day in the Life: Mapping Water Points in Sierra Leone


Wednesday, August 30th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

The Water Project strives to bring water to those who need it most, and the first step is to figure out where the need is. But the process of collecting that information isn’t as straightforward as you might think. In a wealthier country, if you wanted to conduct a survey asking who has access to […]

 

The Faces and Facets of Reliability


Tuesday, March 14th, 2023by Courtney Feild

By Director of Programs, Spencer Bogle One of our core values at The Water Project is reliability. Reliability is one of those glorious terms that evokes a wide range of images that extend from a washing machine that never breaks down to a friend who is consistently available for a conversation with a drink when […]

 

International Women’s Day 2022: Breaking the bias of the water crisis


Tuesday, March 8th, 2022by Tom Murphy

The global water crisis disproportionately affects women and girls. According to joint publications by the United Nations and World Health Organization, women and girls are responsible for collecting water in 80 percent of households without water on-premises. Lack of access to clean water literally puts the lives of women at risk. Some 1 million deaths […]

 

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, […]