One of the greatest joys of being a founder is watching our original company values continue to flow through every layer of this organization. What began 12 years ago as an idea and a copious amount of fortitude is now an incredible team dedicated to our mission and the high standards we have committed to embodying throughout our important work.
2021 provided obstacles and opportunities that tested these values, and I had the honor of watching the Well Aware team and supporters navigate every new development and transition with a fortitude that has deeply humbled me, and every action and step of the way, Well Aware’s focus on innovation, community, compassion, and integrity never wavered.
Those obstacles we have all tackled over the past many months have changed us as a community and as a world. For better or for worse, Well Aware and all international organizations are having to adapt to a new landscape, and the past year has emphasized the new risks in carrying out our work now – for our beneficiaries and for our team.
There are also new opportunities, and, at Well Aware, we see each new challenge as an avenue that leads to a stronger organization and mission. And the team here is astounding to watch as they gracefully acknowledge friction and then almost immediately manage the change needed to redirect.
In 2021, we actively worked on 38 total water projects – more than EVER before & up 90% from 20 projects worked on in 2020!
- Completed 19 new projects (wells, rainwater catchment & purification systems, and expansions of past projects)
- Conducted ongoing maintenance on 7 past projects
- Investigated & planned for 12 future projects
- Reached 90 total water projects and 300,000 lives impacted to date
Because of your support and our growing team in Kenya, we continue to scale our project capacity to reach more communities in need. This year has been a record year and we are deeply grateful for your unrelenting dedication to clean water for life.
We are now ready for this new year, and we look forward to increasing our water project capacity again and sharing our new digital tools for water system maintenance across even more communities in our regions of work.
We know that we have only made the progress we have so far because of your support. We know that you put your trust in us to have the greatest impact possible with your contributions. And, we know that, as we continue to grow this work and our teams that execute it, this trust will continue to fuel the ripple effect of our clean water work.
Thank you for choosing to improve the world with us. Your generosity is so deeply appreciated by so many people.
With deep gratitude,