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November 19th is recognized by the United Nations as “World Toilet Day,” a day dedicated to the eradication of the global sanitation crisis and fulfilling the world population’s human right to access to sanitation. World Toilet Day was started by philanthropist Jack Sim from Singapore after recognizing the need for conversation and a global organization focused on the sanitation crisis.
The sanitation crisis affects about 4.2 billion people worldwide-- more than half the world’s population. Over 673 million people still practice open defecation worldwide, and...more
It’s been nearly a year and a half since our team was in Kithoka, Kenya, drilling a brand new clean water well for the community of nearly 10,000 people. Upon return to this site exactly a year later, the impact that clean water has had on the community can be seen almost everywhere you look. Crops are flourishing, food scarcity issues have diminished, and the quality of life for those in Kithoka has greatly improved almost overnight. But, as nice as it might be to relish in these accomplishments, it is important to recognize and reflect on what life was like for those before the well was...more
This past few months have been incredibly productive and inspiring for the Well Aware team. In late June, our U.S.-based team headed to East Africa to join our local team for our annual “Rafiki” trip.
We learned, we laughed, we cried, and we grew. We drilled a new well (our highest-yielding to date). We continued to develop partnerships with incredible communities and organizations. We conducted important analyses to inform future project planning. And, we even scoped out the possibilities of expanding our work into a new country.more
It’s almost Father’s Day! This weekend, some of us will honor our fathers, husbands, or sons, while others will spend the day celebrating special people who've had a significant fatherly role in their lives. But, have you ever wondered about the lives of fathers on a different side of the world than your own? So, in honor of Father’s Day, Well Aware takes you to the field in Kenya to show you how the lives of fathers and families are transformed through clean water.more
It’s that time of year already. Families, college students, and teachers around the world are happily wrapping up the school year, anxiously awaiting that final bell. Yet, while many are understandably ready for a break from school, children in East Africa and beyond are hoping for another hour in the classroom.
Lack of clean water is one of the biggest factors preventing learning opportunities. That means for children in water-scarce areas, access to clean water can make or break their education. Imagine missing hours of school each day so that you can hike miles to a river to...more
In honor of Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on Tuesday, May 28th, let’s take a look at why the menstrual hygiene conversation is important for everyone, not just women, and why it requires a central role when looking at improving gender equality and education equality.
Just recently, a film bout this very subject, called Period. End of Sentence, won the 2019 Oscar for documentary short subject. This 26-minute film aims to end the stigma of menstruation and to break taboos surrounding menstruation.more
Classrooms to Clean Water is one of our newest programs that engages with the leaders of tomorrow and empower students to make a tangible difference in the world. Throughout the year, we partner with classrooms across the world to teach youth about global water issues and provide them with activities that demonstrate their own power to create change in the world.
A year-long or semester-long partnership with classes usually culminates with our annual Shower Strike each April, where students can put what...more
The 2019 Shower Shrike is just wrapping up. Every April, through just one powerful fundraising week, we are able to empower many more lives and make a great change in the world.
This year, we are transforming thousands of lives by implementing a life-saving water system for the Mirera Primary School, one of the most populous schools in Kenya. Mirera is one of the communities featured in this year’s Shower Shrike. This means that funds raised will go towards providing clean water to the students at the school.more
Earth Day is right around the corner. People around the globe are coming together to bring about environmental awareness, advocacy, and sustainable change. It’s the season of movement and motivation. But, what many people don’t know is the impact water has on our beloved planet. As humans, we will feel the biggest impact of climate change through changes in water patterns. These water patterns include shrinking glaciers, increased droughts and floods, and changes in precipitation. It’s easy to get lost in convenience and consumption and forget that Earth doesn’t have an everlasting...more
Water has an innate connection to our life and health, that much is clear. It is the only nutrient humans cannot live without for more than a few days. Due to water’s importance for survival, it is critical we understand the role it plays in human health. Today, we hear a lot about dehydration and the symptoms that follow, such as migraines, constipation, and fatigue. These issues can be harmful or scary, but in communities without clean water, like our partner communities in East Africa, dehydration can be fatal.
The biggest impacts these communities face are diarrheal diseases and...more