Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

Ebumamu School Well Complete

The well at the Ebumamu Primary School in Western Kenya in now complete.

This project serves over 800 students at the school and a total of well over 1,000 when you include the community in the Shinoyi Sub-location of Western Kenya, about 25km from Kakamega.

A water committee of 11 men and 3 women oversee the project.  Before construction began, the community was mobilized and raised over $300USD to cover the cost of surveys and permits.  This project is truly “owned” by the community.

The previous water source was a passing stream over 3km away that was both unclean and unsafe.

The project leader noted…

“The community response was positive, most of them welcomed with joy the new water source. Most of them said the distance from their homes to this new water source cannot bother them, even if it is far but their joy was that they were able to access clean water.”

This well was sponsored by the following donors:

Change Christmas Campaign and General Gifts:
December 26, 2008 – January 10, 2009


1km in Other’s Shoes

Imagine walking over 1 km every time you needed to get a drink of clean water.  What would it be like to lug around huge containers of water with you, all day…even at school?

Five students at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario did just that in order to raise over $500 for clean water!

Each student pledged not to use their own taps for 48 hours.  Every time they needed water, they walked over 1km to a water station (a friend’s house) to fill up.  When they didn’t hit their fundraising goal in 48 hours, they kept up the effort for two more days.

Nathalie S. said in a letter to us,

“The idea was that we would gain an appreciation for having potable water at the turn of a tap while raising awareness of water issues to all those we talked to…carrying huge containers of water around the school will get lots of attention.”

We have to say, that’s one of the most inspirational fundraisers we’re heard of.  We were moved.  Not only will at least 50 people get clean water for a decade…but hundreds of folks at Fleming College will never forget those five students with the water jugs.

Way to go Nathalie and crew!!


Ebumamu and Khasunire Under Construction

Work has begun at both Ebumamu and Khasunire well sites.  Children at both sites were excited to welcome the drill crews and their rigs.

We’re hoping that with our crew now hooked up to Flickr, we should be getting more frequent picture updates.  Here are a few they sent over last night from the drill sites.

As always, as soon as the next update arrives, we’ll post it here!

Who’s Helping? (which well did you support)

Ebumamu: Public donations between Dec. 26, 2008 – Jan. 10, 2009

Khasunire: Public donations between Jan. 15, 2009 – Jan. 26, 2009

Without your help, these projects simply wouldn’t happen.  Donations to The Water Project, Inc. are what keep these crews in the field, drilling wells for children and families in Western Kenya.  Thank you for getting involved.

Get involved, donate, and watch as your gifts are put into action!


Ebumamu Primary School – Our Next Well

Our next well will be built at the Ebumamu Primary School in Western Kenya.

If successful, this well will have sponsored by the following donors:

Change Christmas Campaign and General Gifts:
December 26, 2008 – January 10, 2009