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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 270,000 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

124 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

As an intern at Well Aware, I have been able to experience firsthand the amazing and impactful work that is done by this nonprofit. Everyone who works here is passionate, determined, selfless, and genuine. I am truly inspired by everything Well Aware does to improve access to clean water and maintain contact with the communities they have helped.

kathryn604

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are a lot of organizations doing this amazing work, but Well Aware definitely stands out. As an Engineer, I love the customized technical design that goes into each project!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well aware provides water in rural Kenya using innovative solutions and sustainable resources. This organization has an incredible group of founders and volunteers, who have helped change so many lives and bring Well Aware to where it is today. Its ability to create efficient, lasting, and successful wells puts Well Aware far beyond the rest.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Well Aware has expanded my knowledge, and taught me ways to help others. They go above and beyond to raise funds, provide clean water, and still continuously keep in contact with those that they have helped. Their hard work is so genuine and it always shows.

Donor

Rating: 5

Well Aware is a great organization to donate to - not only are they an industry leader in clean water technology, helping to bring clean water to thousands of individuals in East Africa, but they truly care about their supporters!

bsacco

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Well Aware! They are very diligent in the work they do and really care about the people they do the work for!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware is a strong team of selfless leaders who are contributing a lasting, positive impact to men, women, and children in East Africa. Volunteering for this Austin-based non-profit has been nothing short of a fulfilling and fruitful experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern here and everyone who works here is genuinely the kindest and most giving people. They work so hard and truly embody their core values. Such a great nonprofit doing such incredible work !!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware does a great job building lasting clean water in East Africa. I am so happy with everything this wonderful organization does to help these communities and to enable future generations to grow up with easier access to clean water than those before them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many positive things to say about Well Aware I do not know where to begin. Well Aware has truly done some amazing work and has improved so many lives. They have a realistic and sustainable approach of providing clean water in East Africa.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware has been such an amazing organization to work with. While working with this nonprofit, all of the employees have been so welcoming and organized. This is a nonprofit I trust very much and believe the work being done is crucial to helping with sustainable solutions for clean water. I have only experienced positive outcomes with the people who work here and the impact Well Aware has on other communities.

Gigi C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Well Aware, I have been supported and cared for in so many ways. Everyone on the team is extremely kind and driven. I feel lucky to be involved in making an impact on the East Africa communities. Could not ask for a better nonprofit to work for!

Fatoumata D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work that Well Aware does. The people of the organization are very passionate about their work and it shows through the organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough positive things about Well Aware. Not only is the work inspiring, its very well-researched. They don't provide temporary or inconsistent solutions like hand pumps for communities, but permanent water wells that affect people for their entire lives. The team is passionate about the work and truly care for those they are partnering with. If this work wasn't enough, they worked quickly on a response to COVID through their [offline] available app with an update that provides information to communities they serve about WASH content. They've made me a lifelong monthly donor and. couldn't be more excited to see what they do in the future.

Sara S.16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware consists of an amazing, hard-working group of women who work across the world to bring clean water systems to Africa. The organization boasts a 100% success rate for their water systems due to working closely with community members and maintaining projects over the long-term, which is extremely rare in the water sector.

Mariana Krueger

Board Member

Rating: 5

WellAware is an innovative women-led organization that achieves success through expertise in management, engineering, and relationship-building. With my experience living in Africa and working for nonprofits, I recognize what a truly special organization this is. The staff is lean and committed; most have worked at WellAware for years, beginning as dedicated volunteers who fell in love with the mission and people. They manage to strike the perfect balance between friendliness and professionalism, leading with compassion while maintaining diligent organization. Every major donor should feel confident that an investment in this organization will reap big rewards.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well Aware has rewritten the story of hundreds of youths in Kenya through provision of clean drinking water. In Ol Moran, the school recorded great academic performance examplified by increase in number of students qualified to join University in year 2020. This is because with water in the school compound students spend more time in study and resting as opposed to hunting for.

1 GeoffreyRyder

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 4 years. I went to Africa with Well Aware and saw first hand the incredible impact they have on bringing clean water access to people that don’t have access today! They are a lean hard working towards organization that are passionate and detailed about what they do and the big reason why their model and success rate Is at 100%. I’m honored to be associated with WellAware

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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!

John A.4

Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing Austin-based charity is doing incredible work in East Africa by building sustainable water systems designed to be highly efficient and last for decades. Great organization!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been in several of the communities that Well Aware has empowered through clean water. The long term impact of clean water in these communities is amazing and the Well Aware team in Kenya and the US ensure that these communities are given the tools that they need to use that water to change lives. When Covid-19 hit and they could no longer work in these communities on the ground, they mobilized an app to educate the communities on the virus and what they can do to stay safe during this incredibly challenging time. They are a dedicated team of people making a huge difference in some wonderful communities that just need access to clean water. A right that every single person should have.

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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.

Chelsea P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I serve as a professional advisor for the nonprofit. They do incredible water development work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well Aware sank a borehole in my community in Kenya and since then we as a community have experienced significant change, such as having food security due to the availability of water to irrigate our crops.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing people doing amazing things. With a 100% success rate with their projects, this organization is bringing clean water to those most in need.

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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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AnnieAlb

Donor

Rating: 5

As a previous intern, rafiki, and sustaining donor, I’ve known well aware for years. This amazing org is a trailblazer in TRUE sustainability in the WASH sector.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. This organization partners with east African communities to build sustainable water systems. Well Aware has a 100% success rate in bringing clean water to these communities. A huge reason for their success (and what places them a cut above the field) is that they remain in contact with communities years after project implementation and perform regular maintenance on their systems. The entire staff is incredibly kind and dedicated to their cause. I would highly encourage anyone and everyone to get involved with Well Aware.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible nonprofit. To my knowledge, they are the only clean water organization that has a 100% success rate with their wells. The majority of clean water wells are built by organizations that do not factor in the needs of the community, and their efforts oftentimes lead to well failures and more difficulties for the community. Well Aware is different. Their model is built around empowering the community, and truly partnering with the community, so that well aware serves the needs of people on their community's own terms. The staff is an incredibly dedicated group of people that I have loved volunteering with as well. They are always available to educate volunteers and interested contributors to find ways to be involved in the organization. The organization is very candid and transparent with their funding, and I truly feel that my donations are being utilized to create impactful change on a global scale. If you're looking to get involved in an organization that also provides a community of supporters to connect with, this is the place for that.

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!

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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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!

3

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.

2

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.

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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.