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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 140,000 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 140,000 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

68 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

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

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.

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.

1 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!

2 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 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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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.

5 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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joined them with my band Saints of Valory on a trip to Kenya this June. Amazing people doing really great things!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication to sustainability of their projects is what makes them stand apart. They don't just dig a well, they engage with the community, they teach them new clean-water skills, they help with managing the change that their impact will make down the road, they visit and re-visit their communities. This is how all non-profit, mission oriented organizations should be run.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Few NPO's have a perfect track record in achieving their mission objectives. Every well they've dug in Africa is still operational - and other water-based NPO's are starting to consult with WA for best practices in the chosen field.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware is a non-profit that encompasses compassion and integrity. It's a beautiful thing to see the results of their hard work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My experience as a donor and Village Member with Well Aware has been very positive - I attribute this to the excellent leadership provided by Sarah Evans. Sarah has assembled an excellent group of mentors to assist her in guiding Well Aware from donations collected in the US to actual digging of wells in Africa.

There are few times a donor can actually observe a dollar donated translate into a very tangible item (in this case a water well in Africa) - all done with exceptional fiscal oversight.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Well Aware over a year ago. In that time I have learned not only the high efficiency and effectiveness in which this nonprofit works, but the success of Well Aware is nothing short of incredible. There are numerous clean water projects attempted in Africa. It's important to recognize that 60% of the wells in Africa do not work in . 100% of Well Aware's projects are successful. They have positively impacted over 100,000 people in numerous rural communities in Kenya by providing clean water for life. Well Aware improves and sustains health, education, and economic growth. I have seen first hand the transformation these communities experience. I am so proud to be associated with such a high impact non profit!

2 LeReed

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work with Well Aware in Kenya this year, and words can't describe the life changing work their doing here. Well Aware provides clean water through installation of sustainable water wells in rural Kenya and facilitating education. This organization has touched my soul in such a way that I'll never be the same. So much love for the team that provides this powerful life source to those who need it most. Please help support this cause by giving generously.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be on the last WellAware trip to Kenya to get a first hand experience of the beautiful work they're doing there and the thousands of lives they're changing. This Austin based nonprofit is run by a passionate team, and is really an amazing project to get behind.
It was incredible to see how something as simple as water, a source I've taken for granted my entire life be a matter of life and death to thousands of people, and to see WellAware come in and change that and provide hope was truly inspiring. They come highly recommended!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well aware is changing people's lives by providing clean water to communities in Africa. Kids can now attend school and mother have time for other economical work other than spend all day walking long distance looking for water that is not even clean for the family. schools are coming up around the places Well aware have build water systems since the communities who used to be mobile looking for water have now build permanent settlements.

2 Ann_139

Advisor

Rating: 5

Stellar staff - amazing to watch the well aware scientists drill a well in the Kenyan bush with the tribespeople watching - and all of us celebrating the miracle together . Brave, hardworking leadership- awesome achievement of clear mission!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What makes Well Aware amazing is that the water wells built by the organization are 100% functional and sustainable, compared to a 30% success rate with other wells built in Africa. The people who run and volunteer for the organization are amazing as well. They're extremely smart and dedicated to the cause. I'm proud to be a part of this wonderful group! Below is a picture from Well Aware's recent trip to Kenya. The community is dancing along with the Founder and volunteers around their new water well which had just broken ground.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of dedicated folks doing much needed work in Kenya! Amazing success rate and happy communities make this one of the top water non-profits in the world.