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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 245,000 people now have access to clean water because of our installation of water systems in Kenya and Tanzania.

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 more than a quarter of a million 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

96 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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've volunteered and sat on the Board of a wide variety of non-profit environmental and aid organizations over the years. In my view, Well Aware is outstandingly different for two reasons: 1) they have developed a program that is set up for long-term success in the water supply/aid world by tapping highly-qualified technical volunteer expertise to find the most sustainable water sources, keep costs of delivery low, and providing a transparent & efficient financial program to support it all; and 2) they monitor their success not only on gallons delivered, but also the impacts to education, health, and community stability for the areas they serve.

Karambu R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well Aware came to my community to drill a well (bole hole) and they did not just drill a well, they created a community of love and purpose around the well project. They visited the local school, local church, local clinic and neighbours of International Peace Initiatives, the holders of the project. On their last day they created a community fire where everyone could come and share stories! It was fun, fun, fun! A year later, they came to assess the project, asked what more we need, and went on to install a tank and water pipes to bring the water to the children's home, where they are planning to instal a large water tank so that the home, nearby school and clinic have clean water all year through. They really ARE the best partner I have experienced in my 30 some years of development work! Well Aware are REAL and TRUE!

Shelly G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well Aware adds so much value to this world. Donating to this nonprofit is money well spent!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally seen this work up close and the life changing impact it is having on communities, especially women and children, in East Africa. Well Aware empowers communities through the gift of clean water, but they are different than so many other organizations because they partner with the communities and require them to take responsibility for change in order to ensure success. That is why years later they still have a 100% success rate and the change in those communities is so dramatic.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well Aware sank a borehole at Olmoran High school - Kenya in 2017 that has impacted on increased enrollment at the High school, primary, nursery and special schools.

Donor

Rating: 5

wellaware is an incredible organization. they are dedicated to drilling wells successfully & with sustainability in mind. their leadership is top-notch. they truly care about the communities they work in.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This non profit is awesome, honest, and creative. They truly make the world a better place.

1 James L.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well Aware is changing the water industry by developing projects that create sustainable clean water and sustainable service to maintain any water resource project. Not only is their work internationally credible. Their relationship with their donors, volunteers, and employees is a model every nonprofit should hope for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think all kids should have clean water, and Well Aware helps them. I help raise money for Well Aware so the children can stay in school, and now they are very happy and they aren't sick anymore. - Violet, age 7

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This team has an incredible model for sustainability and impact through technical expertise and community involvement. I have worked with many international development NGO's and Well Aware stands out as the most effective use of donor dollars that I have seen. The lasting results created by this organization are transforming entire regions of east Africa.

1 Margaret M.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people have the biggest heart! They are so resourceful and thankful for the smallest donations because it goes to a great cause! They are a great working team, transparent in everything they do, and I love their mission and their team. Excellent nonprofit that I love being a part of!

1 Peggy C.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with amazing people doing amazing work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization. Really focused on making the biggest impact possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Well Aware is absolutely top of the list with regard to developing and maintaining life-changing clean water facilities in Africa. The team is dedicated, talented, very conscientious, and the greatest pleasure to work with. Congratulations to Sarah Evans and her entire team on their outstanding work!

1 Michelle P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware is an outstanding NGO. As a hydrogeologist, I am constantly awed with their work and their goal of bringing clean water to those who need it the most. Most importantly, the work they do is sustainable.

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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.

3 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.