Joe Mbagia and Erinn Wright
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,...more
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.
Hailey Hollowell and Lindsey Reed
This week is Drinking Water Week, a time of the year where we can reflect on the importance of water and show gratitude to the workers who make it accessible to us. Drinking Water Week has been hosted annually since 1988 by the American Water Works Association with the support of agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year, the theme is “There When You Need It”, which feels especially relevant given the global public health crisis we are all currently going through together. As we all now know, hand-washing is one of the strongest and first lines of...more
Dear Well Aware Community,
The growing coronavirus pandemic provides a great challenge for us as a global society. Thousands of businesses, individuals, nonprofits, and communities are feeling the devastation this virus has caused and are anxious about what’s to come.
Here at Well Aware, we are feeling the effects as well.
Our biggest fundraising and awareness campaign of the year, Shower Strike, is coming up during a time where personal hygiene and handwashing is of the utmost importance.
We will not ask our Shower Strike participants to stop showering. There are...more
Guest Post By Derek Mellencamp, General Manager and CMO of Aquasana
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