How is Well Aware different from other water nonprofits?
Well Aware identifies, plans, prepares, implements, and follows up with our water projects. Well Aware’s responsibility to the communities in which we work goes far beyond raising funds or the drilling a hole.
- Our teams are innovative and evolving. Since we do it all—fundraising, operating, implementing, training, and community education--and providing follow-up— we have a working knowledge of technological, environmental, and cultural influences and limitations. Our team constantly tracks data from the field, and we tweak and improve our methods accordingly.
- Our organization is lean and our operations are transparent. Our operational costs are low, and we do not try to mask them with public support models. Being ethical and transparent with our funding and operations is one of Well Aware’s core values.
- We focus on impact. We are proud of the number of people we serve, but the quality of our work and results is as important of as the quantity.
- We work with communities, not for them. Our team understands that the communities in which we work know better than anyone else what they need, and we listen.
- We know that two pairs of helping hands are better than one. Unlike much of the nonprofit sector, we have strong strategic nonprofit partnerships, often more than one on each project. For each dollar invested in Well Aware's water systems, it is matched in partner contributions for each community.
How does Well Aware select their projects?
Every community in which we are privileged to work with has submitted a proposal to Well Aware, and we approve those which meet our strict sustainability criteria. While we are unable to partner with every community who applies, we also work with communities to improve and/or build on their proposals for our approval.
What types of projects do you do?
We drill new deep-borehole water wells, rehabilitate existing wells, install rainwater collection systems, and implement gravity-driven pipelines.
How many people benefit from Well Aware?
On average, Well Aware can provide decades of clean water to one person for $15.00. Since its founding, Well Aware has funded over 70 water projects and provided clean water to a quarter of a million people.
How do I apply to have a project in my community?
Please fill out and submit our project request form here. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: not all applied for projects are accepted. We will review your application and approve those which meet our strict sustainability criteria. While we are unable to partner with every community who applies, we will work with you to improve and/or build on your proposals for our approval.
How was Well Aware founded?
Well Aware was founded in 2006 by Sarah Evans. Sarah was asked by a friend to help raise funds for livestock for a village in Kenya where the animals were dying from lack of clean water. Sarah insisted that the real solution was a plentiful source of water, and she set out to learn how to drill a well. After years of perseverance, networking, failures, and research, Well Aware installed its first well in Kenya in January 2010.
What do you mean by a ‘sustainable’ water system?
Sustainable means long-lasting; meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability, as it applies to water, means that societies pass on to future generations all the elements required to provide clean water on a regular basis: healthy and diverse water systems; pumping and extracting fixtures; and the values, creativity, knowledge, skills, and local institutions that enable societies to adapt effectively to environmental and social changes.
What is the Village of Well Aware, and how do I become a member?
The Village is group of dedicated supporters who help fund Well Aware's growth and impact. Individuals become members of The Village with a recurring monthly or annual donation. For more information or to become a member of the Village, click here.
What is Well Aware’s religious stance?
Well Aware does not discriminate on the basis of religious, tribal, political, or any other affiliation. We are a humanitarian organization serving those who need us.
How is Well Aware funded?
Well Aware is funded by its dedicated sponsors, donors, and corporate partners. To learn more about how to become one of Well Aware’s valuable investors, product partners, community partners, or in-kind contributors, please contact us here.
What is the Shower Strike?
The Shower Strike is an outrageous and unique fundraiser, created and trademarked by Well Aware. Volunteers across the globe vow not to shower until they have each raised funding for life-saving water systems in East Africa. For more information or to sign up, visit our Shower Strike page here.