Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

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, […]


Q3 2016 Project Highlight

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016by Lisa McAllister

When did it get to be October? Time is flying at The Water Project and thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we’re happy to report 125 water projects have been completed so far with another 25 under construction! It’s amazing what can happen when people come together! We’re changing it up third quarter and instead […]


Q2 Project Highlight

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016by Lisa McAllister

We can’t believe it’s almost summer! This year is flying by and thanks to your support, we have already completed 49 projects with 26 currently under construction! That’s amazing and it’s all thanks to our incredible supporters and fundraisers – folks like YOU! Our quarterly project highlight features our Southeastern Kenya WaSH program and a new well for […]


Meet Nduku

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016by Lisa McAllister

We’re excited to share a new story from 12 year-old Nduku Muthoka of Malaa Primary School in Kenya. Nduku’s school received a rainwater catchment system and latrines in December 2015. Learn how clean water has affected her daily life! “I no longer carry water to school since we already have a water tank. Before the tank […]