Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

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¬†morning 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 […]


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

Field Officer Laura Alulu noted many differences in Emukangu Community, Kenya since her first visit there. “This is a promising group,” she said. “Before this project was completed, getting water here was a real hustle,” said Roselyne¬†Khasungu, a 35-year-old farmer and mother. Roselyne depends on Okhaso Spring for water, which our teams helped transform into […]


Water Lets Gardens, and Independence, Flourish

Friday, February 5th, 2021by Tom Murphy

Each morning, Mary Mutua would wake 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, […]


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 […]