Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

How to Wash Your Hands Without Running Water: World Hand Hygiene Day 2024

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024by Jamie Heminway

As camping enthusiasts will tell you, washing your hands without running water takes some thought and practice. In honor of the upcoming World Hand Hygiene Day 2024 on May 5th, we’re showing you how handwashing is done in regions without water readily available at home.  Handwashing, as you might already have learned during a certain […]


Water is a Lifeline: Empowering Health Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Friday, April 5th, 2024by Jamie Heminway

World Health Worker Week calls for policies to help essential healthcare workers feel “safe and supported.” Where The Water Project works, health workers struggle for safe water.


Cholera 2024: A Startling Rise in Entirely Preventable Deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024by Jamie Heminway

The world has seen an increase in cholera cases in sub-Saharan Africa. Here’s what The Water Project does to combat cholera where we work.


How Water Scarcity Breeds Violence

Wednesday, February 14th, 2024by Jamie Heminway

Where essential resources are scarce, the likelihood of violence of any type goes up. When people get desperate, they fight with others to secure enough resources for themselves and the ones they love. Constant strife, or even constant discomfort, is bound to make anyone irritable.  This concept makes sense intuitively. But it’s still shocking to […]


Change Happens Once People Get Access to Water

Wednesday, January 31st, 2024by Jamie Heminway

Like rings that expand outwards from a drop of water in a pool, big changes start to happen once The Water Project installs a new protected water source in a community.


A Feel-Good Look Back: How Water Improved Health in 2023

Wednesday, December 20th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

We talk a lot about the devastation of the water crisis here at The Water Project, trying to get the urgency of its effects across to people who might not understand. But that’s only one perspective. The other side we’re sharing today is how lives improve drastically once donors like you help bring safe, reliable […]


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 […]


Global Handwashing Day: Why Handwashing is More Important than Ever in a Post-COVID-19 World

Sunday, October 15th, 2023by Sam Ngidiwe

With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, one thing I have not heard consistently is officials encouraging communities to maintain the basic rule of hand hygiene to prevent the spread of other infectious diseases.


The Ripple Effects of Carrying Water Long Distances

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Worldwide, 26% of people (a total of 2 billion out of the world’s approximate 7.8 billion) must leave their homes to get water for their families.  To say this implies a simple daily journey from A to B and back again. But while this may be the case for some water fetchers, the trip is […]