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Well Aware

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Environment, International, International Development, International Relief, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development

Mission: To provide clean and lasting water to those who have none as the beginning of permanent community change.

Results: Estimated that over 220,000 people now have access to clean water because of our installation of water systems in Kenya.

Target demographics: Well Aware is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with headquarters in Austin, Texas that provides innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa. We fund and implement life-saving water systems to drive economic development and build self-sufficient communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Since 2010 we have directly impacted 220,000 individuals

Geographic areas served: Communities in East Africa

Programs: Our teams are innovative and evolving. Since we do it all—fundraising, operating, implementing, training, and community education--and providing follow-up— we have a working knowledge of technological, environmental, and cultural influences and limitations. Our team constantly tracks data from the field, and we tweak and improve our methods accordingly.Water systems, hygiene, and sanitation while providing technical and environmental expertise and impact measurement.We work with communities, not for them. Our team understands that the communities in which we work know better than anyone else what they need, and we listen.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have followed the success and growth of Well Aware since the first began implementing projects in 2010. I have admired their high standards for ethical fundraising and management, as well as how they have created programs that truly honor and empower the communities where they work. Their project have immediate and lasting impact because of their sustainability model and realistic approach to providing clean water. It is not often that a budding nonprofit develops such a strong and impactful program side before they are very well known.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Well Aware does amazing work and changes lives in east Africa. With a 100% success rate, I highly recommend supporting this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Well Aware because they are an amazing group of people doing incredible work! Also, their water projects have a 100% success rate!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Well Aware is a shining example of a non-profit doing it right! They carefully manage their financials, and focus 100% on projects—not on propping up high paid administration. They are making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. I’m proud to be affiliated with this amazing organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well Aware is unlike any other nonprofit I have ever met. I first got involved with them because I needed a nonprofit internship, and I was looking for a very well-rated and well regarded nonprofit in Austin. I found them via nonprofit reviews and Google, and after coming on board as an intern, their reputation holds true throughout each and every process of their organization.

They are transparent, focused, compassionate, and very welcoming. They integrate appreciation into every aspect of their communication, ensuring the utmost respect for donors, volunteers, and partners.

And, most importantly, you know that your funds are going directly to communities they partner with. They run very lean operations so that most donor dollars can go directly to the projects (83% right now). Plus, they have redefined water charity - maintaining a 100% success rate.

With Well Aware, they are the real deal. You know your money is safe with them and will have a tremendous impact.

2 Komal D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great team making a difference in the world!
They know what they are doing and how to help communities! Experts with a big heart!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well organized and highly successful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing work! The stories of how they have helped communities and especially children always touch my heart! Every time I get in the shower or turn on the faucet I remember how lucky I am and how much organizations like this are needed around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Experiencing the trip to Kenya, is a life changing experience. Water is truly the life blood to these communities. The people understand that and they are so excited and happy that Well Aware is there. They show an outpouring of love and appreciation that, if you are lucky enough to witness it, will change your life forever.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so impressed immediately with the energy of the people behind this. So much genuine concern. So inspiring!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An awesome organization and good people! Can't wait to see what the future holds

2 Gary S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Mine is from a bystander point of view. My wife taught 2nd grade for many years. When she learned of Well Aware’s Shower Strike, she had her whole class participate. That first year, they raised around $1500 for clean water in Africa. The 2nd graders in he community just finished their 8th year of Shower Strike. Last year, with donor matches, they raised $15000. This year, more than $23000!
Sarah Evans and her team came to visit our school earlier this spring to congratulate them on their hard work, but more importantly, learning to help others and knowing they can make a difference. That was so important to those kids. They didn’t know that a high percentage of the funds raised go right into building wells in Africa. They didn’t know that every year, every well that Well Aware has built gets checked and maintained. The current data shows that only 4 /10 wells built on the African continent are still worked no. All 51 of Well Aware’s are still in operation. That is dedication to a cause. Sarah Evans has put together the best team of geologists, engineers, technicians, media and more.
This non-profit is of the highest caliber! They are extremely caring, conscientious, meticulous, and have the biggest hearts for what they do.
I cannot say enough good things about these people. My wife would say that I rarely gush, so for me to write this says a lot about the quality of Well Aware!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment I met a representative of Well Aware, I knew that this nonprofit was focused on making a difference. It has been a pleasure to volunteer for Well Aware. I began supporting them at their 2017 Shower Strike, Well Aware provided the Austin community with the opportunity to truly experience what so many people in Africa deal with daily. Their focus on water insecurity has encouraged growth in many other areas such as food, and education accessibility, and has moved to decrease the amount of water-related disease in that area. I hope to continue supporting this organization, however, I can!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware is a great organization that shows the incredible impact that a small group in Austin can have across the world. Their team is passionate about their cause, and their hard work can be seen in their high success rate.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Well Aware is an amazing organization that helps people haves access to clean drinking water that otherwise they would not have. They have a high success rate, and I admire their passion for helping others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Best non-profit in their field with 100% success rate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to Well Aware I was invited into the field to see how my donations get deployed. I was very impressed with the mantra they applied to their work. It ranges from seeking ways to use water to positively affect the lives of Kenyans, through to ensuring much of the work that is being done is by Kenyans. They also ensure the wells that they build are on community land, which means the water cannot be used for political gain later on.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well Aware is an amazing organization that provides sustainable drinking supplies to communities in need in Africa. I had the pleasure to travel with Well Aware to Kenya this spring to see how projects have affected the local community and the results are striking and provide not only water supply, but also improved educational opportunities and better health outcomes.

3 Blake M.2

Donor

Rating: 5

You simply cannot do better than 100% and that is how many Well Aware wells are still functional. Truly inspiring and life changing!

5 Christine P.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The most important element of nonprofit efficacy is how closely the organization's intent mirrors their actions. In essence, do they do what they say they are going to do and are they relentlessly evaluative of their performance to ensure that they are deepening impact in the communities they serve? Well Aware is a perfect example of an organization that gets this right. Sarah and her incredible team are 'in it to win it' alongside the communities they partner with and their success rate with their wells and the ancillary economic development it provides to the people and places they work is the best of what we can hope for in a NGO/NPO service organization. I am humbled and honored to know them. - Christine Pollei

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been interning for Well Aware for the past couple months and let me tell you how amazing this organization is: Founder, Sarah Evans, is constantly on the go, working on and planning new projects to bring sustainable wells and rainwater catchment systems to villages in East Africa. She runs a tight ship and it shows - the organizations boasts a 100% success rate as opposed to 40% success by most other organizations that also implement wells. They've changed over 100k lives in the past few years and plan on changing many more for the better. Your support and donations goes a LONG way with this nonprofit: for just $10 you can provide clean water for a single child for decades to come. That sweet giving tastes better than any lunch date.

6 Kareece S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to accompany Well Aware to Kenya in June 2016. Getting to see first-hand how Well Aware implements their projects and impacts the lives of others was an experience that can never fully put into words. Without clean water, there is no health, little education, and community development is stunted. Well Aware changes all of that for the people of the communities they work with. We were able to visit a community that has now had clean water for 4 years because of Well Aware. There are now multiple school buildings, a clinic, health has dramatically improved, and all the children are getting an education. Well Aware does the most with every donor dollar to have the greatest impact on their partner communities and I was able to see first hand the massive difference they are making in the lives of so many. This nonprofit exceeds all expectations with their truly life-changing work.