Meet the individuals whose lives have been transformed through clean water thanks to Well Aware's supporters.
Maureen, 14 years old
Maureen aspires to be a musician & perform the songs she writes. Her favorite subject is Swahili because it's the language she uses to write her songs. Her family moves a lot based on access to water, and when asked what her personal goals and hopes are, she stated she wanted to "help my community access clean water." Currently, she walks 3km every evening to a nearby river to collect water for her family. When asked how reliable access to clean water would change her life, she replied it would "make life simple."
Well Aware will soon complete a new water project in her community.
Peter, 45 years old
Peter works as a school guard for the Cheptoroi Primary School in Nakuru County, Kenya, helping to protect and serve over 600 students. He is a father of five, whose biggest concern is drought because of the water scarcity it brings.
His greatest goal is to see his kids finish school. Previously, his wife collected water from a river that is dirty and dried up seasonally, leaving them without a reliable water source. Peter’s kids often fell sick from the water collected.
Now, thanks to your support, Peter and his family won’t have to worry about where to collect water. Their community has a new, sustainable well, and they won’t have to rely on unsafe sources.
“I feel like a human being now. I have water, which is a basic human right.”
Kaiseyie, 40 years old
All her life, Kaiseyie has lived in the Salaita community where she now has a husband and kids. Each day, she provides for the home by cooking, collecting water and fetching firewood. She told us that she likes Salaita because it is peaceful and secure. Her personal hopes are for the community to flourish. However, Kaiseyie's main worry is water. To collect water she has to walk three kilometers, but due to drought, that is not always an option. During drought, they cannot cook, shower and must wear the same clothes over and over. There is also often conflict over water.
Kaiseyie told Well Aware in November 2018: “Water is the source of livelihood for both humans and animals. In seasons without water, people and cows die. But, the new well will provide enough clean water for domestic use and livestock. I’m happy and grateful. Thank you, God, for touching us and blessing Well Aware to give us water.”
Saulo, 76 years old (right)
For all his life, Saulo has lived in Miumbuni, which he describes as a warm and sunny place. He and his wife are farmers and together they have nine kids. One day, he hopes that there will be enough water for the whole community. “My greatest challenge,” he told us, “is water.” Every day, his kids must walk to gather water from the local pond, which is highly contaminated and dependent on rainfall. In the past, water systems (by organizations other than Well Aware), have dried up and failed. But, Saulo remains hopeful because clean water would give his family something safe to drink and allow them to cook hygienic food.
Saulo told us in November 2018: “Water is my life and without water, there is no money. I am very happy to see the well being drilled.”
Kaliini Primary School, Kenya
John is a 14-year-old student at the Kaliini Primary School in Kenya. Thanks to the generous Well Aware community, we implemented a sustainable clean water system at John’s school in 2017. Now, with access to reliable clean water, John is healthy and can focus more on his goal of becoming a doctor.
John told us in 2020 that "water is life."
Macharia (not pictured) is the Chairman of the Water Committee in Ndabibi, Kenya. Since Ndabibi's sustainable water well was implemented in 2014, Ndabibi continues to see incredible success & growth. Education has improved, the community is healthier, commerce is thriving.
Macharia told us in 2020: "The water helps in stopping the spread of the virus. The water project is close to the trading center which has heavy flow of traffic throughout the day. Most get water for their handwashing stations here which helps them a lot as they do not have to travel huge distances to get this commodity."
Nakuru County, Kenya
Madam Eunice is the Headteacher at Cheptoroi Primary School. Since Well Aware completed a new well for the school in 2019, school attendance and performance have improved.
Eunice told us in August 2020: “Well Aware has provided us with water for the school and community. Our pupils can now drink clean water while at school. Also, they can use water to keep down dust in our earthen floor as often as possible which keeps off respiratory diseases related to dusty places. As a result, school attendance has improved as well as performance.”
Samuel, 15 years old
Sauti Kuu, Kenya
Samuel's favorite thing to do is school. He loves biology because it teaches him more about living things. At home, he helps make sure that his two younger brothers complete their homework and wash their utensils. One day, Samuel hopes to be a construction engineer - known worldwide for his great work. However, his greatest challenge is that his village does not have clean drinking water and they have to go look for it in another village.
Samuel told us in February 2019: “Water is life to everyone and everything. Without water, no one can stay alive. I’m happy to see the new well being drilled... it will [prevent] a lot of waterborne diseases.”
Ndulo, 11 years old
This is Ndulo. Ndulo loves athletics and one day hopes to become a doctor. Her favorite part about the community of Miumbuni is all the good-hearted people there. Her greatest worry, though, is that there isn’t enough water. Her mom must walk five minutes each time they need to get water. But, that isn’t always enough and whenever they don’t have water, she describes it as horrible conditions because they can’t cook or clean the house. Even when they get water, they sometimes become sick because of it.
Ndulo told us in November 2018: “With fresh water, my family and I will be able to water trees to sell as a source of income… Water is the source of everything and I'm very happy to see that a new well is being dug.”
Rose, 13 years old
Rose’s chores at home are fetching water, gathering firewood and grazing the cattle and sheep. She and her siblings walk 4 kilometers to fetch water daily. The water is not clean and her family often gets sick from it, but they don’t have another water source.
At school, Rose likes studying English because she enjoys being able to connect and communicate with visitors. She hopes she can get a sponsor to support her in completing secondary education.
Rose told us in March 2019: “Water means life. Reliable access to clean water would change our lives. We would be healthier because it would reduce waterborne disease, help cleanliness, and also support irrigation.”
Narok County, Kenya
Jeremiah (not pictured) is the Headmaster at the Irbaan Primary School in Narok County, Kenya. In 2013, Well Aware, in partnership with the Nobelity Project, completed two new water systems that have enabled thousands of students to receive an education and better health.
Jeremiah told us in 2020: "Availability of water has made it possible for people to exercise handwashing at home."
Ian, 9 years old (left)
New Canaan, Kenya
Ian loves playing ball in his free time. His duties at home are washing dishes and herding goats. Every day, he walks for an hour to school, where his favorite subject is Kiswahili, although he told us that “school gives too much homework and no time to play.” What he likes the most about his community is that he can always invite other kids to his home to watch TV together. One day, Ian wants to be a driver and own his own big house. Before the well was implemented, Ian told us that his dad used to walk 40 minutes every day to fetch water- a task that took away from other important activities.
Ian told us in January 2019: “I am happy to see the new well being drilled. When it’s done, my dad won’t have to go so far for water and I can also go fetch the water by myself.”
About "FACES OF WATER"
The "Faces of Water" media campaign features images and stories of individuals impacted by our clean water projects.
Our supporters are affecting incredible transformation, so we want to ensure our community feels connected every day to the people they are supporting. We hope that through this campaign, our community is able to directly see the people whose lives they are changing, as well as meet the people who are still in need of clean water.
Through these stories, we hope to make the world a smaller place.