Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

Water for the Disabled: Restoring Human Dignity

Monday, January 30th, 2023by Andrea Pavkov

The image of a young child kneeling down next to a tiny, contaminated, muddy pool of water to take a drink will never be washed from my mind, even though it’s been nearly fifteen years since we’ve lived in Mozambique. Gaining access to safe water was an ever-present struggle for most people where we lived, like it […]



Tuesday, January 17th, 2023by Courtney Feild

  I’m lost! If you need me in order to be warm, I’m yours….   The path where I led my dog on our daily walk every day for three years took us along the shores of the vast Lake Coeur d’Alene in the panhandle of Idaho, and as we trundled into the cold lake […]


New years are new beginnings

Thursday, January 5th, 2023by Peter

New years are new beginnings. And these new beginnings often come with new resolutions. As I thought about this over the holiday, I realized that this is what we are blessed to be able to do nearly every day at The Water Project. With support from folks like you, we’re quite literally in the business […]


From All of Us to All of You: Our Holiday Traditions

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022by Jamie Heminway

This year, we asked our staff, both in the United States and abroad, to recount their favorite holiday traditions so that we can get to know our peers (and also so we could cover each other’s adorable recollections with heart emojis). You’re invited to join us and revel in the nostalgia and tradition that comes […]


Why Can’t People in sub-Saharan Africa Build Their Own Wells?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022by Jamie Heminway

This is another entry in a series where we answer questions we’ve received from curious donors, website visitors, and casual commenters. As we’ve said before, it can be difficult for those of us who have always had water piped into our homes to understand what it’s like not to have water. We haven’t needed to […]


5 Unexpectedly Easy Ways to Conserve Water (And Why You Should)

Friday, January 28th, 2022by Jamie Heminway

It’s hard for those who live in countries with (relatively) reliable infrastructure to consider water a finite resource. The world is covered in water, after all. Water comes from the tap whenever you turn it on. Scientists are working on more efficient ways of taking the salt out of saltwater so we can drink it. The problem […]


6 Proven Benefits of Giving

Thursday, November 18th, 2021by Jamie Heminway

Studies show that individuals are giving more now than in recent years (as opposed to corporate giving, which fell in 2020 for some mysterious reason). Maybe hours of helpless doom-scrolling have stirred people to action. And if you’ve landed here, then you’re probably already thinking about portioning out some of your hard-earned funds toward causes you care […]


How Clean Water Empowers Girls

Thursday, October 7th, 2021by Jamie Heminway

The global water crisis impacts millions of families, but the burden is heaviest on women and girls. We are especially mindful of that fact with the upcoming International Day of the Girl Child on our collective calendar. The United Nations established this day to recognize the accomplishments made by girls around the world despite physical […]


300+ students need water at Prophecy Primary School in Sierra Leone

Thursday, March 15th, 2018by Lisa McAllister

Help these students gain access to clean, reliable water in celebration of World Water Day on March 22nd. Welcome to the School Prophecy Primary School employs seven teachers and can get quite noisy with its 305 students. Without Prophecy Primary in Sankoya community, children would have to walk extraordinary distances elsewhere. There is no electricity or […]


Because of our Monthly Donors

Thursday, February 25th, 2016by Lisa McAllister

Kankalay Primary School in Sierra Leone has too many reminders of Ebola. The Water Project completed a water and sanitation project here in 2011, and the photo you see above is of the toilets installed for the school. When Ebola was at it’s worse, this whole area became a treatment center. If you look closely you’ll see where […]