Almost 1 billion people do not have access to clean water. And for every dollar that is donated to the water crisis, only a small fraction is making an impact. More than half of contributions to water wells could actually be hurting, not helping.
Approximately 60 percent of the existing wells in Africa don’t work because of poor project planning, shortage of technical attention, environmental mistakes, and lack of community involvement.
When funds don’t end up helping a community, it’s not just a well that no longer works. The community becomes devastated by the loss, and the millions of dollars in wasted resources. A broken water well introduces an economic and health disaster for a previously flourishing people, and tears communities apart.
If you are a contributor to Well Aware, you can be assured that your donation is still providing water. Our proven sustainability model guarantees that our water systems will continue to work for decades, with exponential impact from project planning and partner contributions.
Well Aware has delivered clean water to more than 100,000 people in the past five years. We combine 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. Well Aware is also the most efficient water charity from a financial standpoint, with the ability to provide water to one individual for decades for only $10.
We pay close attention to what our communities tell us, to what is working and what has not. Since we are involved with the project process from beginning to end— from research, to funding, organizing, planning, implementation, and follow up—we are in the best position to execute realistic solutions and evaluate true results.
Now that we have a handle on the first part of the problem, we are taking on the second.
In 2014, Well Aware launched a multi-project initiative to identify and prepare 10 broken water systems that are great candidates for rehabilitation, applying Well Aware’s sustainability model to see the community through to prosperity.
We recycled abandoned equipment and parts, restored otherwise functional water wells and community infrastructure, and revitalize communities devastated from loss of water. We created accountability in our industry by calling attention to the prevalence of broken water wells in Africa.
R3 projects cost 30% less than a traditional water system.
Each dollar invested in Well Aware will impact more people and save more lives than ever before. With our sustainability model, our water systems remain operational for decades.