A New Direction for Well Aware: A Letter to our Village

Dear Valued Village Members,

As a valued member of this special group, we want you to be the first to know how Well Aware is taking a big new step. As we have maintained a 100% project success rate and gained awareness and momentum, we are presented with an opportunity that could transform the water charity sector.

In 2014, we launched our R3 Initiative to revive communities that were abandoned with broken water wells. Most of the water systems we see in Kenya are nonfunctioning, and we wanted to do something about it. We have now rehabilitated 11 water wells and given life back to more than 40,000 through this initiative alone.

That’s a beautiful thing- turning a tragedy into a success! But, what if we could prevent these systems from ever breaking in the first place? What if we could ensure that the millions of dollars wasted in water projects that don’t work is used effectively?

The bad news is that this industry, the “water charity” industry, is broken. Well Aware’s success rate is highly unusual. The good news is that more and more organizations are now reaching out to us for help.

This year, we have qualified three of those organizations for our partnership. Taking advantage of these respected groups’ existing infrastructure, local support and resources, we will serve as the implementing supervisor to guide them through installing successful water systems, as well as in training and community buy-in.

What I anticipate that we will see is, 1) money that was going to be spent on a water system anyway will now be spent with successful results; and 2) Well Aware can have greater impact by leveraging the resources of partner organizations.

With the support of an incredible Board of Directors, staff, Technical Team, and Village, 2016 will be the beginning of a much larger initiative. Over the next four years, we will establish ourselves as the organization that all other responsible organizations use to complete successful work.

We will continue to implement projects "from scratch", as well. This is still part of our model and will serve as an additional way for us to learn from our work and evaluate impact.

We need your help.

  • If you know anyone you think Sarah, our founder, should meet, will you please make an introduction? Growing our base of awareness will be an important part of greater impact. We want to know more companies, more connectors and more people working in international development.
  • If you have any connection for a speaking engagement for Well Aware, will you please recommend us? Sarah has recently spoken to National Charity League chapters, schools, company lunches and US Embassy entrepreneurs.
  • Join the Shower Strike. We will leverage this year’s Shower Strike awareness for the launch of our partnering initiative.
  • Ask someone (or many people) to join The Village. This group truly is very important and is transforming hundreds of lives every month.

With your help, we will be closer to reforming all water project work to be closer to clean water for everyone.

You have been an integral part of our mission, and we are so deeply grateful. If you have any questions at all about our growth, please do not hesitate to reach out to me (

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making all of this a reality for the people who so truly deserve our compassion.