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Well Aware

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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

71 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.

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well Aware is an AMAZING organization. Unlike other water charities, Well Aware's wells ACTUALLY WORK. And they stay working! They are making such an impact in communities.

4 Barbara253

Advisor

Rating: 5

I visited Kenya with Well Aware in June 2016 and was fortunate to see several projects at different stages. Because I was accompanied by the Founder, consultants, and operational execs, I saw this incredible work first-hand. Their holistic approach to water security has meant the continued success of Well Aware projects, years after implementation. I saw the life-changing impact on every community due to having a secure water supply. Schools, clinics, even farms are now able to thrive. I was very impressed that Well Aware has a local staff member visiting each project and continually checking in with the communities needs. I cannot recommend a more quality company in Kenya for your support of their work. Give generously!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Well Aware the past two years in Kenya as their photographer. They ARE their mission statement. They provide innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa by funding and implementing life-saving water systems that drive economic development and build self-sufficient communities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well Aware, it's donors and their projects are saving lives, empowering people and 100% of their wells are functional. They are a dedicated team of professionals that put the needs of others first, a non-profit to be trusted and supported.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I've started as an advisor in the non-profit. I've found them to be very ethical and focused on making the largest difference as possible to bring clean water to people who currently have no access.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Well Aware has really impressed me in 3 key ares: Value for money in the projects with every dollar being used in the best possible way, project follow up to ensure sustainability and the level of commitment from the volunteers. An excellent job in bringing water to the rural community in Kenya. Keep it up!

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Donor

Rating: 5

WellAware is a great organization doing the type of work that offers the greatest return on every dollar donated. Every dollar goes to giving life to communities in need. There are very few charities that can come close to this type of purpose driven return on the investment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Well Aware on several occasions and each time has been a memorable and lasting experience. This is an organization who prides themselves in providing great volunteer experience. They are doing great work in East Africa that is backed with a sustainable model. I look forward to volunteering with them again and again!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit organization, worthy of your support! It's easy (and wonderful) to have the desire to help others in need- it's a lot more challenging to maintain a nonprofit organization that consistently chooses and manages successful projects in another country. Well Aware has done an incredible job of bringing water and hope to people who desperately need it in Kenya. They have a dedicated staff and are handling their donations and projects in an honest and dependable way. They have good intentions and put them into action with joy and purpose. This is a great organization to support.

3 Keith H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Well Aware not only has wonderful intentions of bringing clean water access to rural parts of Kenya they make sure to do it with long-term, self-sustaining strategies for the communities they serve. If all non-profits were run this way the world would be a much better place.

2 Michelle308

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Exceptional non-profit doing wonderful things in the horn of Africa! They are a straight up group with a strong administration that truly cats about making a difference in this world and improving lives one well at a time!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic company that has followed through on its mission of bringing clean water to Kenya. Fun events, doing a wonderful job raising money and awareness.

3 Sally64

Donor

Rating: 5

Well Aware engages donors with their life saving work in Kenya. I see my donations saving lives. The small staff is compassionate and incredibly hard working.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well Aware sets the bar for ethical and sustainable water solutions in the developing world. Sarah and her incredibly dedicated team have worked tirelessly over the years to bring clean water to villages in Kenya and ensure local management. Drilling wells is just one aspect of their holistic approach, and I truly think they are a model that should be emulated in the nonprofit world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware does great work - implementing water systems for those who have none. I have been a part of the Well Aware Organization for many years - almost since it began. I feel totally trusting and comfortable making donations because I know the work does REAL good - the money is spent SO efficiently - and the water systems WORK! Communities that are so lucky to get a water system experience real change - health improves - crops can be grown - kids go to school - communities grow and thrive. The founder, board, staff and volunteers are all intelligent, concientious and caring.
Cannot say enough good things about Well Aware!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Work done by WellAware is innovative and necessary. Having volunteered in Kenya during the summer of 2009, I know firsthand the vital need of clean water, especially in those areas where medical care is also largely unavailable. Keep up the good work, guys. What you are doing will provide the groundwork for other nonprofits and humanitarian aid organizations to flourish in Kenya.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was privileged to observe the results of Well Aware's efforts in 2012 at Tania, Kenya. It was most impressive watching the new well come to life and seeing the expressions on the faces of the many children who would benefit from this marvelous achievement. I'm happy to see contributor's funds being put to such beneficial use in communities which have such a great need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I met founder Sarah Evans at a nonprofit event in 2011 and was immediately impressed by how much Well Aware had accomplished already in just 2 years with a small group of dedicated volunteers and board members. I really admired Sarah's commitment and leadership. Since then I've done the Shower Strike 3 consecutive years and collaborated with Well Aware on a few fundraising events.

I sincerely believe in the effectiveness and integrity of Well Aware as an organization. Every penny raised goes directly to funding projects in Kenya that bring clean water to people who have none. Well Aware also partners with other notable organizations such as The Nobelity Project and Ten Thousand Villages to support their shared missions of alleviating poverty and bringing clean water and education to developing regions.

Don't just take my word for it -- TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie also supports Well Aware: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjDCHLDYg8M