July 29, 2015
AUSTIN – Local Well Aware Executive Director Sarah Evans has become a social philanthropist and a world-sought subject matter expert in water infrastructure to meet the needs of thousands by providing clean water for life.
The head of the local clean water team will be traveling Aug. 8-13 to Haiti with two of her technical team members - a hydrogeologist and an environmental engineer – to advise on water system issues to NGOs there. Evans is then speaking at Austin’s Social Media for Nonprofits conference at Austin Community College Aug. 18. Water from Evans’ last well poured through the hands of more than 4,000 people in Kenya last week.
Evans and her team are also collaborating with local National Geographic Creative photographer Greg Davis, who documented the group’s last Kenya trip and will have a rare, one-night photographic exhibition Aug. 21. The event, to be held at VUKA Austin, will generate awareness for desperately needed water infrastructures.
Just this year alone, Evans and her team exceeded $1 million in funding and have forged seven new partnerships (Davis & Shirtliff, Sarova Lodges, Miner Brewing, CNC Marketing, Greg Davis Photography, Granbury, 1% For the Planet).
Well Aware’s partnership with Davis continues to bloom as he travels with Well Aware on an upcoming safari trip for guests of the organization. The August exhibition, Journey of Clean Water for Life: Fine Art Photography by Greg Davis, National Geographic Creative, will be from 7-10 p.m. Additional event information is at bit.ly/GregDavisEvent. In addition to being a National Geographic Creative photographer, Davis is also a founding member of the Austin Center for Photography and a Texas Photographic Society member. MSNBC.com, Professional Photographer magazine and multiple exhibitions throughout the U.S. have featured his work.
Well Aware has put in 26 high-yielding water systems since it began implementing in 2010. The number of those served by the water systems has more than doubled in two years alone - from 35,000 to 96,000 people.
Evans has become an expert in the field due to her success rate in cost-effective, successful implementation. Well Aware’s average cost per person decreased from $20 to $9.13, whereas the industry average is $20-$25. This decrease in cost is because Well Aware’s water system implementation has become more efficient so more people can receive water at a lower cost.
Evans has advised other NGOs in the Congo, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti and additional locations. She continues to receive requests from all over the world.
About Well Aware
Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware is known for its sustainability model in building lasting water systems with high impact. The model combines community involvement, strategic non-governmental organization partnerships, technical expertise, and impact measurement to create sustainable solutions that drive economic development and nurture self-sufficient communities. For more information about Well Aware, visit www.wellawareworld.com.
PHOTO CUTLINES: This Greg Davis photograph of women harvesting berries in Kenya will be among the 15 curated for the exclusive Austin exhibit Aug. 21 at VUKA Austin.
To schedule an interview with Greg Davis or Sarah Evans, contact Lisa Griffin, Griffin Media Management, @ 202-627-9109 firstname.lastname@example.org