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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 East Africa. We fund and implement life-saving water systems to drive economic development and empower communities. Learn More

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  • 1 in 10 people lack access
  • to clean water
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  • Women and girls spend 6 hours
  • every day collecting water
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Every 90 seconds, a child dies from a preventable waterborne disease

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Well Aware builds 100% successful wells and water systems

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Well Aware has impacted over a quarter of a million people to date.

Lasting clean water in a community means:

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↓ 64%

DISEASE RATES DECREASE

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↑ 34%

EDUCATION RATES INCREASE

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↑ 58%

EDUCATION RATES FOR GIRLS INCREASE

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Since our first project was implemented in 2010, we have increased our project capacity every year, and we have growing teams of experts who ensure our projects are completed on time, with integrity, and with the most cost-effective use of donor dollars. Our project planning and execution includes our own thorough technical evaluation and oversight, strategic nonprofit partnerships to further community success, hygiene and sanitation training, and community empowerment and support. Well Aware conducts regular evaluations of all completed projects, but most of our partner communities no longer need us. Read about our teams implementing our work and the partner organizations we have selected to increase our impact.

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Become A Partner

Well Aware has many options for your brand to get involved with our work. We have sponsorship opportunities for events or projects, and a number of activities to engage your employees with clean water impact. Click here to learn more about how you can become a partner! Learn More

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Read The Latest:

Climate Solutions: Next Generation with BioCellection Co-Founder & CEO Miranda Wang, KARTON Co-Founder Karan Jerath and WellAware Founder and Chair Sarah Evans

October 14, 2020

By Washington Post Live

Social consciousness around fighting climate change is expanding. Many around the globe are responding to the crisis with new ideas, including a new and galvanized generation of young people, who are calling on everyone to work towards reducing carbon footprints and living more sustainable lives.

The Washington Post’s Climate Solutions section, in partnership with Rolex, focuses on the individuals working to find answers. We will bring together young...

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Eric Bailey: 2020 Legend Award Winner

October 9, 2020

Eric has traveled over 71,000 miles to donate his engineering expertise through Well Aware, building clean water systems that have helped transform nearly a quarter of a million lives.

Eric Bailey is the perfect example of dedication and generosity. Eric has been a volunteer with Well Aware, an Austin-based global charity that partners with East African communities to build clean water systems, for just over three years. In his time there, he has used his technical expertise as a civil engineer for the City of...

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This year, we’re all seeing things a little differently than before. Water awareness is more relevant now than ever. Especially when it comes to those who lack it.

Almost 1 billion people still lack access to clean water. So together, we must unite and press forward to make this basic human necessity accessible for all. Regardless of how you use or access it, there is one thing that cannot be ignored - clean water is necessary to not only survive but to thrive.

And with that recognition, we must center sustainability at the heart of all water awareness...

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Prior to 2014, many residents of the Ndabibi community in Nakuru County, Kenya, lacked access to safe, sufficient and reliable water, which seriously endangered their lives. With a population of close to 15,000 people, they had little to smile about on issues of water. The water well they previously used broke and the community was devastated. There was not enough water to go around, and the schools, clinic, fish ponds and agriculture that they built were all but abandoned without water.

But, everything changed in 2014 when the community partnered with Well Aware to drill a new,...

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Dear Friends and Family,

Well Aware stands firmly against inequities that divide us as a country and a world. The founding of this organization was inspired by the need for social justice and equity, and we aspire to ensure that these tenets run deeply through and guide our actions and mission each and every day.

The Well Aware model for community-led programming in East Africa has been very successful. From the beginning, we have known that our role is to listen to and be guided by our partner communities to provide only what is lacking toward their success.

We want...

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Crisis Pivots That Can Amplify Mission And Strengthen Brand

June 18, 2020

Founder/CEO of Well Beyond, the Founder of Well Aware, a Toyota Mother of Invention, and Truman National Security Project Fellow.

When the severity of the global pandemic was fully understood in the U.S., my organization made the very difficult decision to postpone our largest annual fundraiser, and the implications of that loss in revenue became clear and needed immediate triage.

We quickly shifted gears and targeted...

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