Media Coverage

Well Aware has attracted the attention of local and national press. Check out some of our coverage here.


Mothers of Invention pitch in to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

September 18, 2017

Two weeks after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the southern coast of Texas and dumped record rains that led to devastating flooding, the inventors and entrepreneurs from Toyota’s Mothers of Invention program in association with Women in the World are stepping up to help those impacted most by the storm’s aftermath...


Well Aware featured on Kenseth's #20 at Richmond

September 8, 2017

In partnership with the Toyota Mothers of Invention program, Well Aware is being featured on Matt Kenseth's #20 race car, in addition to The Red Cross, LuminAID, and DayOne Response, in efforts to race awareness and disaster reliefs-aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Toyota Magazine Features Well Aware and Founder - Going With the Flow

August 4, 2017

Toyota highlights Sarah Evans & Hearty Films:

Sarah Evans' work transforms the lives of isolated African communities by providing ready access to clean water. This year, it also earned her recognition as one of Toyota's Mothers of Invention.


Pleasure Monkey Podcast: Impactful Business with Well Aware Founder, Sarah Evans and Board Member Brian Schoenbaum

July 20, 2017

This week we are hanging out with founders of organizations that are creating global and local cultural shifts. Sarah Evans is the founder and executive director of Well Aware, an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Brian Schoenbaum is the founder and the Vuka Collective which creates co-work environments for organizations doing "business for good". On this show we talk about the origins of their businesses and they create authentic solutions and help optimize the world on all levels.

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MOVE PEOPLE to Water - Well Aware Founder, Speaks on Move People Podcast

June 28, 2017

Born in Australia, raised in East Texas and educated in Austin, Sarah Evans is reaching across the globe to bring water solutions to impoverished communities, improving lives and unlocking economic potential. Her pragmatic approaches to the most elemental challenges are changing the world, one drop at a time.

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Futurism features Well Aware for Innovation in Clean Water

June 4, 2017

Futurism highlights Well Aware's successful, sustainable approach in solving Africa's water well crisis.


Stinky for a Cause

May 10, 2017

Sunset Heights second grader students raise $14,000 for water wells in Kenya


Meet Sarah Evans, the Brilliant Woman Behind Well Aware - The Lala

April 25, 2017

Somehow it’s the simple indulges like water that shows us what privilege really looks like. In a country like the United States, water is an easy pleasure; just go to a sink, a shower, a grocery store, or a fountain and it’s yours. In countries like Africa, women can spend an estimated 200,000,000 hours collecting water every day.

That’s why Sarah Evans, Founder of Well Aware, created a nonprofit that provides innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa. Well Aware funds and implements life-saving water...


6 Ways to Stay Clean While Participating in a Shower Strike - The LaLa

April 11, 2017

Clean water is not something that should ever be taken for granted, and it’s time to stand up for those without it. Get ready to join the Lala team in fundraising for Well Aware and staying clean while we do it, sans water. Thanks to a few neat toiletry items and some innovative hairstyles, it is more than possible to conserve water and raise money for an amazing cause by skipping a week’s worth of showers.


2nd Graders, Actors and Athletes Refuse to Bathe to get Clean Water for Others - prweb

April 18, 2017

Elementary Classes from Webster City, Iowa Join Nonprofit Well Aware and Their Annual Shower Strike campaign to not only raise money for a good cause but build needed morale in school


WITW TOYOTA SOLUTIONS STUDIO 2017: Sarah Evans, Toyota Mother of Invention

April 6, 2017

Sarah Evans, founder and executive director of Well Aware, talks about clean water systems in East Africa at the 2017 Women in the World conference in New York City


Three Women Creating Positive Change Through Technology Right Now - M2WOMEN

April 7, 2017

There are a ton of amazing women creating positive change in the world, but how do we discover them and learn more about what they’re doing? This week, the 8th annual Tina Brown Live Media Women in the World Summit, featured the Mothers of Invention (MOI) Class of 2017, celebrating pioneers who are driving positive change in the world through innovation and entrepreneurship.

This year, the three honorees are Sarah Evans, Hahna Alexander, Komal Dadlani. All of them are founders and CEO’s in the tech and science industry pushing innovations to save the planet.

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Toyota Shines Spotlight on Female Pioneers at 8th Annual Women in the World Summit - Yahoo Finance

April 6, 2017

"Toyota featured the Mothers of Invention (MOI) Class of 2017, celebrating pioneers who are driving positive change in the world through innovation and entrepreneurship. Three grants in the amount of $50,000 each were awarded for groundbreaking work." Click for more about Sarah Evans' honor for her leadership and impact through Well Aware.

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Sarah Evans Speaks at the Women in the World Summit in NYC

April 6, 2017

Sarah Evans, Founder and Executive Director of Well Aware, talks with Gale Tzemach Lemmon, of the Council on Foreign Relations, about bringing clean drinking water to villages in Africa.

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Toyota Names Well Aware Founder, Sarah Evans, 2017 Honoree - New York Times

April 6, 2017

Toyota’s Mothers of Invention series identifies and recognizes women who actively contribute to their communities and the world through innovation, entrepreneurship and invention. As Sarah says, "it's not just about clean water, it's about having a future."

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Well Aware Founder Sarah Evans with People Magazine

April 6, 2017

People Magazine had Sarah on to highlight her nomination as a Toyota "Mother of Invention.' Click to see the interview where she shares Well Aware's story, impact and future.


Sarah Evans on EBW2020: 5 Tips for Up and Coming Philanthropists

February 22, 2017

Well Aware founder Sarah Evans shares her advice for aspiring philanthropists with EBW2020, a global network of business women.


EBW2020 Shares Sarah Evans' Journey Founding Well Aware

January 25, 2017

The story of what set Well Aware's mission in motion - powerful passion, a smart approach to development and the hope for a better future for communities in Kenya.


Sarah Evans on EBW Radio

December 15, 2016

EBW is a global network of business women working to build a sustainable and bright future. Check out the podcast as Sarah talks about her vision of empowering communities through clean water.


The Villager: Despite rain and cold weather numerous individuals came out to support Well Aware

December 9, 2016

Thank you, Tsoke & team of The Villager, for featuring Well Aware and attending our benefit at Gusto Studios last week. It's an honor to be a part of your publication.

For those of you who don't know, The Villager is a community newspaper that serves African American consumers and merchants in the Greater Austin area. Check it out!

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Austin's KVue News features "Giving Tuesday" for Well Aware

November 29, 2016

Well Aware wants to give YOU for "Giving Tuesday"


NY Times: Women in the World presents Sarah Evans with the 'Secret Sauce' to Water System Sustainability

November 18, 2016

The journey of our founder, Sarah: a single mom who quit her job as a corporate lawyer to take on the issue of broken water systems.


KONO 101.1 Radio Coverage of Well Aware

November 16, 2016

Well Aware Founder and Executive Director Sarah Evans talks about how helping on one project led to her founding Well Aware, which provides areas of Kenya with water wells, bringing a reliable and clean source of water to areas that lacked them.

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New York Times: Women of the World presents Toyota's Mothers of Invention

November 13, 2016

Nomination of Sarah Evans as Toyota's Mother of Invention. This video is a must-see! Toyota's Mothers of Invention stand for remarkable women who actively contribute to their community and the world through innovation, entrepreneurship and invention.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Water Charity Drills Down to Get to Know Real Needs

November 1, 2016

This article "Water Charity Drills Down to get to Know Real Needs" with the Chronicle of Philanthropy was written by Nichole Wallace.

FIXING A HOLE: Well Aware staff and volunteers in Kenya examine an old open well where several children died collecting water. The nonprofit later drilled a well that eliminated the need for young people to climb down into the contaminated one.


USA Today: Why Mary Elizabeth Ellis Fights for Clean Water Abroad

August 1, 2016

The actress known for her comedic roles opens up about how she found her calling in a more serious domain, as an advocate for the less fortunate.

Like so many others, Mary Elizabeth Ellis recognized the need for clean water in faraway places, but it wasn't an urgent concern. Well Aware, an Austin- based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa, opened her eyes to the dilemma.

Read the full story on USA Today's Impacting our Future...


On The Dot Woman: Well Aware Founder and Executive Director Fights for Clean Water in a New Way

August 1, 2016

WOMAN TO WATCH: Sarah Evans, Founder and Executive Director of Well Aware

Today’s Woman to Watch is trying to find a solution to that scary problem. Her name is Sarah Evans and she’s the founder and executive director of Well Aware, a nonprofit aimed at creating sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa.

Evans was born in Australia and attended law school at Southern Methodist University on a scholarship. While clerking at the Environmental Protection Agency, she learned about global water issues. She soon put her law...


Fox Sports: Why a Dallas Cowboys Player Says He's Not Showering for One Whole Week

April 24, 2016

By Lindsey Foltin

Dallas Cowboys receiver Devin Street is planning to go a full seven days without taking a shower -- but he has a great reason for it.

Street is going on a week-long "Shower Strike" to help raise money and awareness for "Well Aware," a Texas-based organization that helps build water systems for impoverished Kenyan communities.


Star-Telegram: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Street boycotting bathing for charity

April 20, 2016


Earth Day is this Friday, and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Street is marking the holiday in ... well, a fragrant way.


Third Drive: The trouble with Voluntourism

April 18, 2016

By Christian Ray

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Freeman Journal-Smelling For A Good Cause: Sunset Students To Take Part in Shower Strike

April 1, 2016

Students and faculty at Sunset Heights may notice some peculiar scents during the week of April 23 to 30. All five second-grade classes and their teachers will be abstaining from their daily hygiene routines to raise money for water wells in Kenya. Students are encouraged to wash up, but not shower or wash their hair. The Shower Strike will last the whole school week.


KEYE Pick of the Day: Shower Strike!

March 22, 2016

Empowered by skipping a shower, the group "Well Aware" knows one way to get the word out on having clean water around the world. Micah and Richard share more about the campaign.


Water Charity Isn’t Working: A “Water Charity” Perspective by Sarah Evans

January 13, 2016

It’s pretty sexy these days to rally around the clean water for all movement. There has been a lot of money invested in marketing and “awareness.”


Wandering Educators Features Sarah Evans Latest Article

December 30, 2015

Water Charity Isn’t Working: How You Can Help - A perspective from a “Water Charity” by Sarah Evans

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Well Aware's water project is broadcast live from Kenya to Austin!

December 30, 2015

KEYE-TV We Are Austin's Jordan Steele and Taylor Ellison share their picks of the day, To day is Austin based non-profit Well Aware and their life saving work.


Rockin In A Winter Waterland: KEYE Interview!

December 9, 2015

In case you missed it! Watch Sarah Evans and Gavin Jasper talk about this weekend's event and future projects on this morning's KEYE We Are Austin show. Special thanks to Taylor Ellison.



November 16, 2015

It's pretty awesome to see our founder and executive director on the cover of the latest The Austinite - "Faces of Austin". We're proud of Sarah Evans and honored to be featured with this group of amazing Austinites!


Maria Shriver's Posted Essay from Our Founder on International Development

October 26, 2015

Just hearing the word “Haiti” triggers emotion. Haiti’s pain has been seen and felt across continents and cultures. Even in the midst of more recent tragedy, this island still beckons our attention and our sympathy.

Images of the destruction and despair still appear on the television, online, and in our minds- piles of rubble and waste, children sobbing in the streets in tattered clothing, and droves of missionaries and aid workers sifting through the debris and serving lines of despondent people food and medical treatment.

This is the story of Haiti we have learned and that...


Austin 360 Article: Well Aware is in expansion mode!

August 22, 2015

The Austin-based water-system nonprofit, founded by Sarah Evans, touts a 100 percent success rate providing clean water in Kenya


Well Aware: Journey of clean water for life on KUVE

August 21, 2015

Sarah Evans Founder of Well and Greg Davis of Greg Davis Photography speak about their joint project. Well Aware: Journey of clean water for life


Well Aware exhibition and benefit featuring Greg Davis: Interview on Fox 7!

August 20, 2015

Executive Director Sarah Evans talks about the organization and its upcoming event.


Well Aware is featured on KOOP Community Outreach Radio program

August 18, 2015

Reflections of Community Outreach: a conversation with Sarah Evans of Well Aware.

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TWHS volleyball players going on shower strike for a great cause

April 17, 2015

The Woodlands High School volleyball program is going on strike! On Friday at the stroke of midnight, the girls will stop showering for a week or until they raise $5000.00 for a great cause.


Austin-based nonprofit changing lives in Africa, KXAN

August 16, 2015

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite our drought restrictions in Central Texas, water is still not that hard to come by. In other parts of the world however, it’s a much different situation.

But local organization Well Aware is trying to change that. Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa.

Sarah Evans and her team just returned from a trip to Kenya, where they put in their 26th high-yielding water system. National Geographic Creative photographer Greg Davis traveled with the Well Aware team and...


Maria Shriver features Sarah Evans latest article!

April 14, 2015

The foundation of everything is water. We are blessed with plentiful, clean water in most places in the US. But, 1 of 7 people in the world still struggle to survive because they are not so blessed.


Charity Meets Style

April 7, 2015

For the seventh year, Austin’s Well Aware presents its 2015 Shower Strike. Each year, volunteers across the globe unite and vow not to shower for one week or until they raise $1,000.

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The Austinot: Well Aware Provides Clean Water for the Impoverished

October 13, 2014

Next time you’re chugging a glass of water, consider that there are communities around the world without that ability, and be a little more grateful for that water.


Your mark on the world: My World Water Day Promise: No More Showers for Me

March 28, 2014

March 22 was United Nations World Water Day, and many people took time to recognize global water issues. Some attended events and possibly even thought about water conservation and the importance of water in their own daily lives.

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Midwife in Africa: Why I Am on Shower Strike

March 28, 2014

I am on Day 6 of vowing not to shower until I raise my pledge to Well Aware as part of their annual Shower Strike fundraiser. This explains why..


A Week-Long Shower Boycott For Charity with Well Aware

March 28, 2014

Two local Africa-focused nonprofits, The African Leadership Bridge and CTC International, recently joined Well Aware as Shower Strike fundraising teams for the first time this year.


Xtremely Stinky Shower Strike team for Well Aware

March 27, 2014

Girls on The Xtreme Volleyball Club team in The Woodlands are boycotting showers for one week to raise money for clean water in Africa.

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Volleyball team raising money to build water systems in Africa

March 27, 2014

THE WOODLANDS, Texas--A group of teenage volleyball girls, from Xtreme Volleyball Club, are planning on stinking it up during a week-long shower strike to raise money to build water systems in Africa.


Teens Boycott Showering for Well Aware (But They Have a Good Reason)

March 27, 2014

(HOUSTON) — A group of Houston-area volleyball players are “stinking it up” for a good cause.


Teens Boycott Showering for Well Aware

March 27, 2014

The 14- and 15-year-old players are participating as a fundraising team — dubbed “Xtremely Stinky” — in the infamous global Shower Strike campaign held annually by Well Aware.



March 27, 2014

We're sure a bunch of teens in The Woodlands aren't dealing with the everyday difficulties of pouring fresh water into a cup and drinking it, especially with all that good clean liquid ready to be pumped in through Lake Conroe.


The Villager: Local team on shower strike to raise money for Well Aware

March 27, 2014

The girls' shower boycott began last Saturday, March 22, and will come to an end this Saturday, March 29.


Second Grade Class Boycotts Showers for One Week for Well Aware

March 27, 2014

Second grade class at Sunset Heights Elementary School led by their teacher Dawn Scholtens are on a shower strike!


KHOU: Woodlands teens stop showering to raise money for charity

March 22, 2014

WOODLANDS, Texas Several students at the Woodlands High School have chosen to stop showering for a week in order to raise money for a non-profit that is building wells Africa.


KVUE: Well Aware raises money by not showering

March 22, 2014

It's not the cleanest way to raise money, but it does raise a lot of attention.

Sarah Evans, founder and executive director of Well Aware, sat down and spoke to KVUE about her nonprofit and fundraiser.


CBS 11: Texas Group Wants You To Skip The Shower, For A Good Cause

March 20, 2014

DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Imagine not taking a shower for a week…but for a good cause. An Austin non-profit is asking people to do just that in an effort to raise awareness and money for water systems in impoverished communities in Africa.


Water Cache: We’re Staying Dirty for African Water Wells #ShowerStrike

March 12, 2014

We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Well Aware, a local non-profit that works to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa.

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Well Aware to launch Shower Strike to raise money for clean water in east Africa

January 30, 2014

Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Africa, has announced the return of its infamous Shower Strike— a global annual fundraiser that recruits volunteers to abstain from showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water.


KCCI: Students raise money by not showering for Well Aware

March 28, 2013

Students raise money by not showering and are featured on the news!


Ask Miss A features Austin’s Well Aware’s 2015 Shower Strike

April 7, 2015

For the seventh year, Austin’s Well Aware presents its 2015 Shower Strike. Each year, volunteers across the globe unite and vow not to shower for one week or until they raise $1,000.


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