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Kyle Gehman & Erinn Wright
2018 has just come to a close, signaling another successful year for the Well Aware team. Since our start in 2010, we have implemented projects in 59 communities with a 100% success rate and affected more than 245,000 lives across East Africa by bringing a sustainable source of clean water to their area.
With clean water, more kids have the time to get an education, risk of hunger and malnutrition decreases and drinking water is more readily available. However, one effect of access to clean water that is sometimes overlooked is sanitation.
Well Aware has become a phenomenal organization doing beautiful work through the support of a large, compassionate community of remarkable people. What began as a small group of young women with a kookie idea has grown into an industry leader in the clean water space. We are humbled by Well Aware’s impressive expansion, and, most importantly, we are deeply grateful for your efforts to support our increasing reach and impact.
In 2018, Well Aware implemented more water projects than any year past. We are also the very first nonprofit to use a new, ground-breaking...more
Alejandra Hinojosa & Erinn Wright
We are incredibly excited about Well Aware’s recently announced 2018 Global Impact Award Recipients who will be honored on December 1st at our Rockin’ In a Winter Waterland holiday concert. After much time, research, and consideration, we are proud to present our Global Impact Award to Dr. Auma Obama and our Ambassador of the Year Award to The Patt Christopher Project. These extraordinary people have gone above and beyond to enact positive global change. Their dedication to humanitarian issues is...more
Alejandra Hinajosa & Erinn Wright
We have some exciting updates- Well Aware’s Austin team is back in Kenya through November 17th! Our last trip in June was so fulfilling and productive, we were itching to get back into the field as soon possible. Now, after countless hours of planning, mapping, and organizing, we are finally back in Kenya, implementing two new drills in the communities of Miumbuni (Musalaani) and Salaita.
Right now, the team is on site in Miumbuni, which is home to about 3,000 people and is mainly populated with older adults and children, who attend the nearby Misuuni primary school. Previously,...more
It’s been an interesting couple of days in Austin this week. I woke up to a text from my mom letting me know there was a boil notice for our Austin city water. At 5am, I didn’t think too much of it, really… I proceeded with my morning routine - stumbling to the coffee pot and clumsily washing the dishes from the night before - and, I just added in an extra step. I wrangled my largest pot out of the cabinet, filled it with water, and lit the burner to boil it.
I announced to my 6 year-old, after she slithered out of bed an hour later, that we couldn’t drink the water from the faucet...more
With World Water Week in the rearview mirror but still on our minds, it’s important to review why there was a global decision to dedicate a week to this issue. Many of us were taught in school that water was undoubtedly a renewable resource, but in today’s world, that claim is now being contested. As our supply of groundwater steadily decreases and our natural waters (both fresh and salt) continue to be polluted, the prospect of ever-flowing clean water is one that shrinks more and more each year. This is why the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), created the Stockholm Water...more
Erinn Wright & Sarah Evans
If you know us well, you’ve probably heard us talk about The Well Aware Village (once, or twice or 500 times). The Village is our devoted community of monthly or yearly recurring donors. These inspiring supporters are truly the backbone of our clean water projects. They provide the sustainable funding we need to forecast more projects, scale impact, and improve budgeting.
The Village began in 2012 with only a handful of loyal supporters. It grew to 150 members as of August 2018, with members...more
Sarah Evans and Erinn Wright, Forbes Nonprofit Council
One of the most challenging milestones for all new nonprofits is developing a reliable source of funding that can be easily maintained and relatively consistent from month to month. A recurring donor program boosts your nonprofit brand, makes budgeting easier and has a remarkable financial return on team member efforts -- if it’s designed and nurtured properly.
At our nonprofit, we launched “The Village” in 2012 as our sustainable giving program. What began as a handful of loyal friends has since grown to more than 150 members, with monthly gifts ranging from $10 to $1,000. As of...more
Every June, Well Aware travels to east Africa with a special group of people. We call them “Rafikis” (Swahili for friends). These wonderful people are all Well Aware Village Members or long time donors and have taken this big step to join our journey overseas to see, first-hand, the work that we do.
The Rafiki trips are very memorable, often exhausting, and always inspiring. Each new traveler plays a role in our work while we are there, and the friendships made in the field are infinite.
This past trip was no different, and it was probably our most...more
Alejandra Hinojosa, Communications
This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending the 8th Annual Crawfish Boil Bonanza on The Lake. The event is always open to the public with the purchase of a ticket, but this year it brought together family and friends for a memorable day taking place at the Marina on Scenic Drive in Austin, Texas.
Our gracious host Bo Rodman was welcoming and hospitable enough to provide Crawfish, beverages, live music, lake activities, local celebrities, and tons of friends. We’re overjoyed to have been able to meet and socialize with so many great people throughout the...more