Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



Water Lets Gardens, and Independence, Flourish


Friday, February 5th, 2021by Tom Murphy

Each morning, Mary Mutua woke up to walk more than 1.5 miles to fetch water from the Kituluni River. Hundreds of people in Maluvyu Village relied upon the seasonal river for water. Mary often waited in line to collect water from a seasonal scoop hole. On the days she did not want to wait, Mary […]

 

Empowering a safe and healthy return to school in Kenya


Friday, January 29th, 2021by Shannon Esrich

Since last March, students across Kenya have been home from school when the Kenyan government enacted nation-wide school closures to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although the government allowed a partial school reopening in November and December so that the final-year grades of each school level could take their exams, most students […]

 

Patiently waiting for a return to normal life


Friday, January 22nd, 2021by Tom Murphy

Thomas Mwonga is looking forward to life returning to normal. At 71, Thomas is still not ready to retire, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic means that opportunities to work are few and far between. Our team recently visited Ilingoni, Kenya, to conduct a COVID-19 prevention training and monitor their well and sand dam. […]

 

A winding road through the pandemic for a motorbike taxi driver and community health expert


Friday, January 15th, 2021by Shannon Esrich

Jacob Likuyi is a man who wears many hats – or, perhaps more accurately, helmets. By trade, Jacob is a 45-year-old boda boda, or motorbike taxi driver. A profession typically filled by younger men, Jacob doesn’t let his age hold him back from his livelihood. Jacob’s verve and friendly smile quickly give away his good […]

 

Through Their Eyes: COVID-19 Chronicles with Jane Maitha


Thursday, January 7th, 2021by Tom Murphy

Our team recently visited Ilandi Community to conduct a COVID-19 prevention training and monitor their water point. We checked in on the community and asked how the pandemic is affecting their lives. It was during this most recent visit that Jane Maitha shared her story of how the coronavirus has impacted her life. Our team […]

 

For this community health volunteer, fighting COVID-19 is personal


Friday, December 18th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

“If you love your life, it is better to follow what the health officials advise: to protect ourselves by wearing a mask, keeping distance, not shaking hands, and avoiding crowded places.” This is Celestine Adora’s message, a mother and a resident of Muraka, Kenya, where she works as the local Community Health Volunteer. Used to […]

 

A university student waits out the upheaval of the pandemic at home with patience, clean water


Friday, December 11th, 2020by Shannon Esrich

“With the restrictions removed, the first thing I would like to do, personally, is I would like to go back to school and complete my studies,” said Kamins Muteshi. Kamins is a 24-year-old university student currently living in Bukhunyilu, Western Kenya, where he relies onĀ Solomon Wangula SpringĀ for water. Like so many others his age across […]

 

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 […]