Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



Through Their Eyes: COVID-19 Chronicles with Justin Mbila


Thursday, December 10th, 2020by Tom Murphy

Our team recently visited Kithumba to conduct COVID-19 prevention training and monitor their water point. Shortly after, we returned to check in on the community, offer a COVID-19 refresher training, and ask how the pandemic affects their lives. During this most recent visit, Justin Mbila shared her story of how the coronavirus impacts her life […]

 

Through Their Eyes: COVID-19 Chronicles with Leonard Nguluma Maloloi


Thursday, December 3rd, 2020by Tom Murphy

Our team recently visited Kanthuni in Southeast Kenya to conduct COVID-19 prevention training and monitor their water point system: a sand dam and nearby shallow well. Shortly after, we returned to check in on the community, offer a COVID-19 refresher training, and ask how the pandemic affects their lives. During this most recent visit, Leonard […]

 

A message (and dance) of thanks


Thursday, November 26th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

This Thanksgiving season, there is so much that may be different from other years. Who we are with, where we are staying, and what we eat may all be unique. But what remains is a time to share our appreciation, gratitude, and joy in whatever way we can. We at The Water Project welcome you […]

 

In Kenya, springing to action as schools partially reopen


Friday, November 20th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

When Kenya closed schools nationwide in March 2020 to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, we worked carefully to ensure all school rain tanks and latrines already underway reached completion despite the closure. To achieve this, we relied on a combination of mutual trust and communication with the schools and students’ families to […]

 

Getting from 367 million children without school toilets to 0


Thursday, November 19th, 2020by Tom Murphy

One out of every four people in the world still does not have access to basic sanitation services. These roughly 2 billion people do not have a safe place to go to the bathroom, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released to mark World […]

 

Through Their Eyes: COVID-19 Chronicles with Jane Musui


Friday, November 13th, 2020by Tom Murphy

Our team recently visited Kithoni Community in Southeast Kenya to conduct a COVID-19 prevention training and monitor their water point. Shortly after, we returned to check in on the community, offer a COVID-19 refresher training, and ask how the pandemic is affecting their lives. During this most recent visit, Jane Musui shared her story of […]

 

Grit, trust, and collaboration: Restoring clean water to a community amid drought and a pandemic


Thursday, November 5th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

In Kenya, 2019 was one of the driest years on record – following the global trend of climate change driving severe weather patterns to the extreme. As a result, we observed increased regional fluctuations in the water table throughout Western Kenya. Asman Sumba Spring in Eshiakhulo, Kenya was one of the water points most impacted […]

 

COVID-19 is sparing countries with poor hygiene, but waterborne diseases are not


Friday, October 30th, 2020by Tom Murphy

It turns out that lower levels of hygiene, sanitation, and water quality indicate a lower risk of dying from COVID-19. That is what a group of researchers found when trying to understand why some countries are doing better than others during the pandemic. That does not mean improved sanitation, hygiene, and water access are still […]

 

At Home in Western Kenya


Friday, October 23rd, 2020by Shannon Esrich

We’ve all been spending more time at home these last few months, though what “home” looks like is as unique as the people inside it. Today we share images from life at home in Western Kenya, where our teams continue to train communities to help empower them to stay safe from the coronavirus. The similarities […]

 

Through Their Eyes: COVID-19 Chronicles with Matthew Mulandi


Friday, October 16th, 2020by Tom Murphy

Our team recently visited the Kithumba community in Southeast Kenya to conduct a COVID-19 prevention training and monitor their well and dam. Shortly after, we returned to check in on the community, offer a COVID-19 refresher training, and ask how the pandemic affects their lives. During this most recent visit, Matthew Mulandi shared his story […]