Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



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 […]

 

Breaking “The Water Curse” One Spring at a Time


Thursday, February 20th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

Before protection, Imbwaga Spring was believed to be cursed water. It was a small, muddy pool of water open to contamination from animals and people in the village of Bumira, Kenya. The 210 people who depend on this spring knew the water was unsafe to drink, but they could not afford to treat it. It […]

 

AIC Mbau Secondary School is thriving, thanks to its rainwater tank


Friday, February 14th, 2020by Tom Murphy

Two years ago, AIC Mbau Secondary School in Southeast Kenya was struggling to raise the money needed to ensure its students had access to water every day. Today, it is spending its resources trying to expand school programs because it no longer has to worry about water. In the past, the school administration at the school […]

 

How a retired police officer led to the drilling of a new well for Transmitter, Sierra Leone


Friday, February 7th, 2020by Tom Murphy

The options for water for the 430 people who live near 14 Port Loko Road in Transmitter, Sierra Leone were not good. The local water point was open to contamination, leaving people at risk of contracting waterborne diseases. The nearest clean water point took more than 30 minutes to reach meaning that people had to […]

 

Sweet (Potato) Rewards: How 1 Woman and 1 Spring are Changing Their Community


Wednesday, January 29th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

Meet Bilha Matolo. Today, Bilha is radiant because of the changes she has both driven as a leader and witnessed in her community since the protection of Matolo Spring in her village of Luyeshe, Kenya. Bilha is the elected Secretary of her community’s water committee that looks after the spring, which was transformed from an open, […]

 

The Golden Well: Thriving through drought


Tuesday, December 24th, 2019by Tom Murphy

By Lillian Kendi In 2019, the early rainy season failed in Southeast Kenya – leaving communities across the region struggling to access water. Here, we highlight a community that had access to water throughout the year despite the drought. The Water Project is committed to partnering with communities to enact solutions to the water crisis […]

 

Sierra Leone: Water everyday, and drilling wells in wells


Monday, December 9th, 2019by Tom Murphy

Making sure there isn’t an end date on impact. Innovation comes from knowing and continually facing the truth of challenges. In Sierra Leone, we drill wells inside of wells to increase water yield. Imagine if your water company considered your family to have water simply because pipes were installed in your home years ago. Or, […]

 

The Lucky Ones


Monday, November 4th, 2019by Tom Murphy

Together, we are creating a world where 14-year-old students will no longer believe they are “lucky” if they have access to safe water or if their well keeps working. They’ll know it as something they can count on. Until 2016, Carolyne Munyasi, a 14-year-old student at Lugusi Primary School, had no idea what it meant […]

 

The 10 Year Challenge


Thursday, February 14th, 2019by Peter

The Water Project has worked with communities who do not have access to reliable water for more than 10 years now. The “10 year challenge” meme provided the opportunity to reflect on all the things that have changed and on things we have accomplished since the start of The Water Project. However, the thing that […]

 

Notes from Spencer, Director of Program


Thursday, April 5th, 2018by Lisa McAllister

In February I was able to make my first journey as Director of Program with The Water Project to visit our projects in Lungi and Lokomasama, Sierra Leone.  I had the good fortune of traveling with Michael Ballou, our resident engineer and operations manager on staff at The Water Project. We flew into Lungi Town, […]