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 donating between $10 to $1,000 per month (or the equivalent yearly amount). Thus far, the Village alone has raised over $250,000 and transformed 25,000 lives.
This growth is powered, in part, by our annual Village Membership Drive, where we highlight current Village members, empower them to recruit new ones, and focus on celebrating the impact the Village has affected. In addition - we have generous donors who match our Village drive. This year, every signup or Village level increase was matched by our incredible friend, Alan Blake.
Our drive this year was a two-week campaign. It kicked off with a special, private event - The Heart of H2O - hosted by board member Meredith Delk. Guests included 75 of her friends and related networks. This event was an intimate, inspiring evening filled with discussions about the reality of life without clean water and the ways that the Village truly changes people’s futures. Greg Davis showcased his mesmerizing photos from his trips to Kenya with Well Aware, and Graham Wilkinson graced us with a musical performance that stirred our spirits and drew us together.