Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

Why Does The Water Project Work in Africa?

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022by Jamie Heminway

This is the first 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 […]


How to Help Someone from a Different Background

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022by Jamie Heminway

Sometimes, helping someone can be easy. You see someone struggling to carry something through a doorway? You hold the door or help them with their burden. Being out and about in the world, we encounter lots of small situations with simple, cut-and-dry solutions. But sometimes, it’s difficult to know the solution to a problem if […]


Investing in the planet, one water point at a time

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022by Tom Murphy

Earlier this month, scientists and researchers gave notice that “rapid, deep, and immediate” cuts in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are needed to mitigate the effects of climate change. Their report for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a dire warning but was clear that there are actions to take to protect our planet. […]


World Water Day 2022: Tapping into groundwater’s potential

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022by Tom Murphy

Water is everywhere, but you often can’t see it. We are reminded of that fact in marking World Water Day 2022. This year’s theme is about the importance of groundwater. Its tagline is: “Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere.” Groundwater is a significant source of drinking water around the world. It is […]


International Women’s Day 2022: Breaking the bias of the water crisis

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022by Tom Murphy

The global water crisis disproportionately affects women and girls. According to joint publications by the United Nations and World Health Organization, women and girls are responsible for collecting water in 80 percent of households without water on-premises. Lack of access to clean water literally puts the lives of women at risk. Some 1 million deaths […]


Why Transparency is the Future in a Data-Driven World

Thursday, February 17th, 2022by Jamie Heminway

Shortly after I started my job at The Water Project, I met with The Water Project’s founder Peter Chasse, who sat all the new employees down to explain The Water Project’s story, mission, and values. “If you want to tackle any other global problem, it begins with access to water,” Peter said. “There’s something about water. […]


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 […]


Impact a Year Later: This spring helps pay for Tabitha’s schooling

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022by Tom Murphy

Clean, reliable water is transformative. Look no further than Livaha Spring in Lukala B community in Western Kenya. People from neighboring Lukala B and Lukala C communities share Livaha Spring as a place to collect water. The natural spring provides ample water throughout the year. To make it easier to collect water,  community members improvised […]


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 […]


Putting Climate Change in WaSH: Impacts and Measures Taken

Friday, November 12th, 2021by Harnoor Kaur

By Harnoor Kaur, Monitoring, Evaluation, Resolution & Learning Associate at The Water Project As the United Nations, Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow concludes, water and sanitation deserve to be at the forefront of the climate agenda. Climate change impacts are widespread, rapid, and intensifying – and nowhere is this more evident than in relation […]