Bathing Boycott About To Begin: Recent tragedies in Kenya lend new urgency to Shower Strike®

AUSTIN—Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished

communities in Africa, will launch its Shower Strike April 18. The global annual fundraiser recruits

volunteers to stop showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean

water. Teams and individuals can sign up at

“Now that the world’s attention is focused on Kenya for heartbreaking reasons, we have the opportunity

to show how easy it can be to help strengthen communities vulnerable to violence,” said Sarah Evans,

executive director of Well Aware. “This simple, attention-grabbing fundraiser enables anyone who wants

make a big difference do so in a short time and with a sense of humor.”

 Up to 2,000 children die each day from water borne diseases.

 The average distance women in Africa walk to collect water is four miles. Collectively, they spend

200 million work hours a day completing this chore.

 Clean water is the foundation for education, disease eradication, gender equality, and economic

Every $10 raised during Shower Strike provides clean water to a person for 20 to 30 years. A team that

raises $1,000 is giving the gift of water to 100 people.

Well Aware’s Shower Strike began in 2009, and has since delivered lasting clean water to more than

Founded in 2006, Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water

systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware is known for its sustainability model in

building lasting water systems with high impact. The model combines community involvement, strategic

non-governmental organization partnerships, technical expertise, and impact measurement to create

sustainable solutions that drive economic development and nurture self-sufficient communities. In 2014,

Well Aware launched its R3 Initiative to rehabilitate existing, non-operational wells. For more information

about Well Aware, visit

CONTACT: Micah Evans, Well Aware Assistant Director 512.200.7312