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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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Having been involved with Well Aware in several capacities, I can say that their passion and integrity flows throughout the organization, in every aspect from the backend operations all the way to the implementation of projects. Their mission to fund and implement life-saving water systems to drive economic development and build self-sufficient communities says it all.

You will not find another water charity who is as conscious, responsible and has the expertise in the work they are doing. The project planning behind every water system is in-depth, done with integrity to the community and inclusive of the community, which Well Aware knows means that the system will be lasting and beneficial for many, many years to come. Their projects team includes experts who volunteer their time and technical expertise to ensure projects are successful and long lasting.

Also, their partnerships with other NGOs increases their positive impact on the communities they work with. When they bring clean water to a community, that enables a school to be built or attendance to increase, healthcare facilities to operate and agriculture to increase and Well Aware partners with NGOs who are experts in these areas to increase impact exponentially.

If you are looking for a water charity where your donor dollar will make the biggest difference in the lives of those that need it, you have found that in Well Aware.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My kids have participated in Well Aware's Annual Shower Strike for the last four years! Well Aware is a wonderful non-profit that puts every dollar to work for a goal of bringing clean water to African communities in need. They have inspired my children to help other children around the world less fortunte than themselves. I am honored for my family to support Well Aware and I know that lives are being saved due to the work they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware does phenomenal humanitarian work and all donations made to them are used wisely and efficiently. It is a real privilege to support this outstanding organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Well Aware is an amazing nonprofit driven by one goal…to make the lives of the Kenyan people better and healthier by providing clean water to communities in need.

Travis12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very effective non-profit. Reaching so many in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to support Well Aware and their fact-based, thoughtful use of donor time and money in tackling the difficult problem of access to clean water in Africa. There is no other organization as focused (or as successful) in providing sustainable access to water than Well Aware.

You want to support this critical cause in a very deserving part of the world? Look no further.

Stacy49

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya with Well Aware in 2012 to see first hand the effects of providing clean, disease free water to a community in need. Since that time, I have worked with Sarah and her team at Well Aware to further this mission, becoming a board member in 2013. Well Aware is an innovative and effective organization that is changing the lives and futures of those in need in East Africa. I am privileged to be a part of this organization and give them my full support!

Patrick49

Donor

Rating: 5

Very impressively run, ensuring as many resources as possible go to the right place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Well Aware for a few months now, and I have to say that I have enjoyed every moment of it. I admire every single person involved with this organization! Without water, there is no life. Without water we have no chance for survival. Well Aware is not only saving lives and helping communities grow, but allowing these communities in Africa to have a better quality of life. This organization fundraises for these projects, executes the construction and educates the community on how to be self sufficient. The Well Aware team has helped thousands of people in need, and I for one will continue to help them as much as I can!

Gemma K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sarah and her team are truly a perfect example of what it takes a village to over come all obstacles. This nonprofit is the only nonprofit where I am actually seeing our donation making such an impact on so many lives. I am proud to say that my family is part of Well Aware organization.
Well Aware makes dreams happen, because without water there is no life.

barbarabag

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have written before, and want to update after visiting 2 communities in Kenya this summer that Well Aware has helped. 2 years after installing a water well at an orphanage, there is now a fish pond producing edible (yummy) tilapia and resources available to welcome more girls in a new girls dorm. At a rural farm community, the outpouring of gratitude for their well was amazing. Well Aware also installed a treatment system to rid the water of excess flouride; a problem that affected the teeth of the populace. Brown, stained and etched teeth limit job prospects. Well Aware's water projects are creating a domino effect of positive change in Kenya!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so gratified to be able to go to Kenya and see the huge positive change brought about Well Aware's water projects. Schools being able to accept more students, incidents of sickness reduced, more time spend earning a living or attending school since people don't have to haul water all day....Water is a basic necessity that many in rural Africa do not have. Well Aware is addressing that need in a holistic sustainable way. Unlike many other water 'charities', Well Aware does scientific hydro geological research to insure that the proper system is installed; be it a water well, rainwater collection system or harnessing spring water. Plus, they only accept projects where the community benefactors are engaged, willing, and prepared to maintain the system going forward.

I am proud of the work done by Well Aware. Sincerely, Barbara Baggett

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well Aware is the top of the line for Nonprofits doing international development related work. All members of the team are passionate, dedicated, and highly knowledgable about what they are up against. Getting the opportunity to volunteer for this organization for a short time was an invaluable experience for me. They use all resources--domestically as well as internationally--with expert precision and with a larger goal in mind. Besides the incredible work they are putting forth in setting up impressive new water systems, they are also addressing issues of past wells from other organizations that no longer work with their R3 Initiative. I would highly recommend Well Aware to any potential volunteer, donor, or team member!

Donor

Rating: 5

Well Aware brings our planet's most abundant, most precious and often misused natural resource, water, to those in desperate need. With Sarah's leadership and the wonderful Well Aware team, this group not only does this with passion, but with effectiveness. Well Aware's sustainability model, ensures that their projects will be successful and communities will thrive for generations, and not suffer greater loss by developing a short-term fix to a long-term problem. Additionally, given Well Aware's transparency, I know that my financial contributions will go directly to the communities in need and funds will support life-changing water systems. I have been involved with Well Aware for several years now and will continue to donate time and money to this beautiful humanitarian organization and team of experts that deliver so much hope, and more importantly results in the form of clean water, for so many in need!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization not only does and amazing service to bring water to villages in Africa, but they are also all terrific people and it is a fabulous organization to support.

Julie178

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Doing great things in a part of the world that so desperately needs it!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Last year I had the opportunity to travel with the Well Aware group to Kenya to see installation of a water well at the Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Centre outside of Nairobi. Having access to a clean, sustainable source of water meant everything to the center. Well Aware devotes an amazing amount of effort to each water project to ensure that the project will be technically sucessful, suitable for the community, and sustainable over time. Our technical team and most of our workers are volunteers. Well Aware has an incredible sucess rate for water projects in Kenya and I'm proud to be a member of the board for such a great group.

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

Having watched the growth of Well Aware from it's creation to the fine, well-run organization that it is today, I would recommend participation or donation to any person who cares about the African water problem. They don't just drill a well and walk away. Each water solution is carefully researched by experienced and qualified persons. The local folks are included in planning and trained in water hygiene. A Well Aware water well or rainwater collection system includes plans for many years of sustainable support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Well Aware has created amazing sustainable water projects in rural Kenya that have changed and saved thousands of lives. I'm honored to get to help an organization such as Well Aware in continuing to help those in need. It's nice to know that there are organizations like Well Aware who truly put the people they intend to help as top priority. This is something I have found to not be the case in other non-profits. Seeing such a huge portion of all money raised going straight into their projects is amazing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well Aware has been the water system implementation partner for several Nobelity Project school locations in Kenya, resulting in healthier, happier students and staff. Clear standards, fast action, good research and follow through make them a high-impact organization and quality partner. Looking forward to many more opportunities to work together for a more peaceful and sustainable world.