Is this really winter? Here in Austin, it's hard to tell. What we do know for certain is that we are buzzing with excitement for the new year. Having just returned from the field, our projects team is ready to get to work on many new community water projects!
This edition of our newsletter also includes info on new partnerships and team members. Read below for our exciting updates and ways you can be a bigger part of our mission.
We are so grateful to you for providing the support and momentum for an incredible 2016. We are going to transform so many more communities together!
With Deep Appreciation,
Every time we return from a trip, we say it's the best trip yet. They just keep getting better!
We returned from Kenya last week, and we are so energized from our project evaluations. We got to see acres of crops at Tania, as well as two new fish ponds, a newly completed dorm for the children, and the start of a new clinic! At Alamach, there are an additional 4,000 people in the village now contributing to their development and education. In Daaba, there are new schools, new permanent domiciles, so many more children in school, and a fully functional clinic!
We are excited to also announce new projects that are ready for our support. We have a school water system in Muchakos, a new water well in Isiolo, a rehabilitation project in Thika, some expansion work (to accommodate new development), and much more, all awaiting Well Aware partnership. Please consider investing in our 2016 work here.
Read below to see the additional new partnerships we formed on the trip, and thank you all so very much for your thoughts and prayers for our team travel!
Water Charity News
Our founder and Executive Director recently wrote an article revealing the tragic problems with typical "water charity". There are billions of dollars being wasted, and Well Aware is working fiercely to change that.
[Excerpt] It’s pretty sexy these days to rally around the clean water for all movement. There has been a lot of money invested in marketing and “awareness.”
The increase in awareness for clean water where it's so desperately needed seems like progress toward ending this crisis. But this will not become an actual "movement," but merely a branding technique...
You can read the rest of her article here.
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with MajiTech Engineering. A company of WorldServe International, MajiTech is teaming up with Well Aware on new drilling projects to have greater impact in Kenya.
The team at Sarova has always treated the Well Aware team well! Beginning in 2016, they will also be supporting our work. If you are traveling to Kenya, please reserve a stay at Sarova- supporting them promotes clean water!
For years, Well Aware has used the equipment and services of East Africa's renowned Davis & Shirtliff. Now, we are partners in water system implementation, and they will be supporting much of our work going forward. So far this year, they have already contributed more than $7,000 worth of equipment to our projects.
What a great partnership we have with these guys! Well Aware has been the beneficiary ofWhiskey for Water since the end of last year, and we could not be more grateful. They have such fun events- all benefiting our work- and they have already funded an entire water system for 4,000 people in Kenya.
New Team Members
We have known Caroline since our work in Kenya began. Previously our technical contact at our favorite equipment company in East Africa, Davis & Shirtliff, Caroline has been invaluable to our work and our education of Kenya and increasing impact there.
We are thrilled to now have her join Well Aware as a project-based engineering consultant.
Paul has been a part of the Well Aware family for a while- as a valued Village member, and as the father of one of our dedicated hydrogeologists, Katie! This month, he joins Well Aware as a board member, and we are truly honored.
Paul is currently retired, and his most recent position was as a President of Green Mountain Energy. He is passionate about our work (and about golf), and he's eager to expand our reach and our impact.