Stories from the Field

Water doesn't change anything. People Do.

As we work to provide water, we're committed to helping people like you meet your global neighbors and to realize that we all share the same basic needs. We hope to break down stereotypes and the false distinctions between the so-called winners and losers, rich and poor, the needy and charitable, by introducing you to the people we serve with the respect and admiration they rightfully deserve.

These are stories of hope, told in the words of those who carry out this work every day - our friends in the field.




See the Impact of Clean Water - A Year Later: More Time in the Classroom to Learn!

A Year Later: More Time in the Classroom to Learn!

Benthsheba, 14, recalled what life was like at Emasera Community Primary School before her school’s well was installed last year. “Before the implementation of the project, I used to carry water from home, which was tiresome,” said Benthsheba. Collecting water is now simpler and less time-consuming for Benthsheba and the other students ...

See the Impact of Clean Water - A Year Later: His Dreams are Within Sight!

A Year Later: His Dreams are Within Sight!

Jacob Saidi, 53, recalled what life was like in the Namanja before her community's spring was protected last year. "The major problem was drinking contaminated water, which could affect our health because water was exposed to disease-causing microorganisms. We used [to] spend a lot of our resources seeking medication on waterborne and water-rela...

See the Impact of Clean Water - A Year Later: Clean Water, Improved Academics!

A Year Later: Clean Water, Improved Academics!

Fluorine, 13, recalled what life was like in the Kipsigor Primary School before her school's well was installed last year. "I used to go far to fetch water to be used in school. This wasted my time, and in most cases, I would be punished by the teacher on duty. Sometimes, I fell ill from typhoid because of drinking water from different sources,"...

See the Impact of Clean Water - A Year Later: More Time with Her Books!

A Year Later: More Time with Her Books!

Precious, 13, recalled what life was like in the Mukhuyu Community before her community’s spring was protected last year. “I was scared to get to the water source to fetch water without the company of my parents due to fierce cows that could come to drink from the source," shared Precious. But since the spring's protection where fencing w...

See the Impact of Clean Water - A Year Later: Clean Water Helps Improve Health!

A Year Later: Clean Water Helps Improve Health!

Thirty-eight-year-old farmer Catherine Wawire recalled what life was like in the Lishindu Community before her community’s spring was protected last year. “The unprotected spring was mostly muddy since it was open to everyone, including animals. Since it was bushy, dangerous creatures such as snakes could harm us whenever we went to fetch wa...