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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

99 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at well aware was a time I will never forget, from the amazing people that make up the team to the on going commitment in providing clean water sources for the communities they're in in Africa, I will carry my appreciation and admiration for this non profit for ever. The true epitome of selfless work that keeps those receiving the aid in mind first.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware is the most wonderful place you could ever experience. Everyone is hard-working, kind, and ambitious. The team really loves what they do, and I can see it! I especially love how involved they are from start to finish on their projects, and you can tell that the team is genuine and filled with people with golden hearts. There's a reason Well Aware has such a high success rate in each of their projects.

Mallory T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly a five star organization.
Well Aware is an incredible work environment, full of employees truly passionate about the cause. Well Aware insists on working with and forming relationships with each community they impact. Great place to work and for an even better cause.

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.

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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

3 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.

2

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!