Mary Knothe, Communications
Celebrating International Women’s day is a tradition that dates back to 1909. The day originates from women fighting for better working conditions in the clothing industry, in return bringing needed attention to the women’s suffrage movement. In 1975, March 8th was chosen as the designated day to celebrate all women from all over the world (UN)! At Well Aware, commemorating this day is especially special and this International Women’s Day we invite you to celebrate with us!more
Meet Mwende and her classmates. They are pupils of Kiliku primary school ECD class. I found them playing in the school field past their home time and I was curious of the reasons. After bribing them with a few photos and videos, we became best of friends bubbling away about their school.
These students come from Kikomo some 3-4km away from Kiliku primary. Although there are other schools nearby their parents chose the school because of guaranteed feeding program, good performance, dedicated teachers. When you dig deeper all these have their roots in Well Aware’s provision of clean...more
I admit that I did not watch Super Bowl LII last night, but I did start receiving messages about one of the advertisements that played during the game shortly after it aired. I’ve followed the work of Water.org over the years and was aware of their partnership with Stella Artois, but their new campaign and messaging leave me with some questions and concerns (as it does with many of you, based on my inbox).
I’ll get right to it. There’s a lot that can be dissected and questioned, but I’ve listed the top inquiries about the...more
With a shy smile *Atieno approaches our tent quietly. Behind her are a couple more children all eager to see what the big trucks bring the community of Got Isimbo, in Ugunja, Kenya. We are here for drilling - a well in the making. The first for myself as well! I am as excited as the children watching stem after stem dash in and out of springs of muddy water.
We interact and I only learn little about their community, mostly because of language barrier. I ask about water and how they’ve been getting water. There’s a river nearby where the village sources its water. I ask about her...more
Kioko, a three-year-old boy in Misuuni, Machakos Kenya, enjoys a warm soda in the eastern heat. At the function, there was more soda than drinking water, probably owing to the high cost of bottled water and the scarcity of drinking water in the region. The nearest well is a couple kilometers away and does not serve the entire community... The situation gets worse: In homes where money is a problem, children are forced to take tea instead of water throughout the day.more
Like many communities in Nyanza, the village of Ratta experiences severe water shortage. Although there are some community boreholes, the amount of water is not sufficient to meet the community’s need. According to the Assistant Director of the Ministry of Water Kisumu county; water is a county disaster and all efforts are geared towards establishing reliable water sources - efforts yet to bear their desired fruits. A recurrence often repeated by “boda boda” operators whose livelihood depends on supplying water to homes far from water points. On a bad day like today, the water kiosk is dry...more
If not for the wrong placement of tissue paper, I definitely would have missed it: A printed little strip in Arial black and neatly pasted on the toilet wall just above the toilet tank, it matches with the tiles on the wall so you cannot tell one from the other.
There is a green and a yellow pentagon sticker just below the flash handle, someone not keen would easily dismiss this for decoration; or perhaps the forgotten measuring marks of the plumber. The little strip explains the dots, completing the puzzle.
“Water is life, let’s conserve it” says the strip. This is the first...more
With your support, 2017 has been a record-setting year for Well Aware, and we are excited to announce our 2017 Year in Review. Explore our end of year review here to learn how Well Aware has grown in 2017. In the PDF download below, you will find a letter from Sarah, impact statistics, a project map, reviews of our work, and development highlights.
Here are a few of our most exciting accomplishments:
More than 185,000 cumulative lives impacted
81% of every dollar directly funded our projects
Expanded projects work into...
Laughter, music, dancing, celebration, and enough money raised to provide more than 6,000 people clean water for a decades to come- this year’s Rockin In A Winter Waterland event had it all.
On December 9th 2017, nearly 200 of Well Aware’s closest friends, family and supporters came together to celebrate the power of clean water to transform lives.
The second Rockin In A Winter Waterland Holiday Concert not only highlighted the work that Well Aware does to help solve the global water crisis, it acknowledged everyone that has joined them and helped step up to address this...more