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In 2014, Well Aware was first introduced to the Kiliku Primary School, serving 400 students in Makueni, Kenya. At that time, in order to access clean safe drinking water, the students had to collect and bring their own water from home, sometimes walking up to 2.5km to a river to fetch dirty water. This unsafe water made many of the students sick, forcing them to miss school.


I look back on 2020 with both pain and pride. It was many months of more surprises, challenges and heartbreak than I ever thought possible for this organization. Well Aware was not immune to the way the world was rapidly changing around us, and, in an instant, it was clear that it would be a year that looked like no other for our clean water work.

As a small, nimble organization, though, we were able to quickly regroup and create a new trajectory for our work that year. While we were postponing project implementation, reworking our budgets, applying for PPP, and assembling a plan to...

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In July of this year, the Well Aware team made the very difficult decision to make the big shift to a virtual event. Held every year in December, the Well Aware Holiday Gala is always the party of the year (sure, we’re biased, but we hear it a lot). What makes our events so special is the vibrant and compassionate community that attends, as well as the palpable love and passion in the room every year. We just weren’t sure we could replicate that.

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Clean water means so many things: health, education, and overall prosperity. Entire communities go from struggling to thriving, all because of access to lasting clean water. Populations grow, children stay in school and parents can provide for their families. Below are impact stories directly from the field from those who benefit from Well Aware’s mission -- sharing their gratitude to you for helping to provide them with this most vital resource.

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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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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...

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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...