Media Coverage

Well Aware has attracted the attention of local and national press. Check out some of our coverage here.

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Women in Tech: Water Project Resiliency & How it Drives Ongoing Empowerment

August 19, 2021

Join us Thursday, August 19th at 11am ET/10am CT to meet with women of Well Aware and Well Beyond. One nonprofit and one for-profit working together to end the global water crisis and change the way the water sector works. This team of women works every day to bring clean water to communities in East Africa through long-lasting, reliable, and 100% successful water systems where the average success rate is 40%.

This team also developed a smartphone app that...

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Clean Water For Life: It Takes A Village

August 9, 2021

By Elaine Tu

August is Water Quality Awareness Month, or Water Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of improving the safety and quality of water for communities all over the world. All life depends on water to survive — it’s a basic human need — so why do 1.1 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water? Moreover, 2.7 billion people experience water scarcity at least one month a year. If that wasn’t scary enough, it’s projected that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may be facing...

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Breaking Ground with Well Aware

July 23, 2021

By Elaine Tu

Alas! Not that international travel restrictions have opened up a bit, we’re able to enjoy going out more, reunite with our fellow fully vaccinated friends and family, and have exciting new projects for the last half of 2021. Travel restrictions opening up is major, and not necessarily for leisure due to the threat of the Delta variant, but for humanitarian efforts as well.

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Well Aware: Empowerment Through Clean Water in East Africa

June 17, 2021

Sarah Evans and Kathryn Bergmann join host Kim Langbecker to discuss their success in bringing sustainable, clean water to communities in East Africa. What started as a passion project for founder Sarah Evans soon became a mission, and her work has taken her far beyond drilling a hole in the ground. With a commitment to a 100% success rate, working collaboratively with communities, Well Aware is making a profound impact that enables long-term development.

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Recognize Good - 2021 Ethics in Business Awards

June 3, 2021

Well Aware was the recipient of the 2021 Ethics in Business Award - Nonprofit Category. Watch the recorded award ceremony below.


ChangeNow: Digital Equity For All

May 27, 2021

Women can and must play an integral part in driving innovation forward! As part of the Women in Tech Global Movement, we work towards bridging the gender gap worldwide. Today we share with you a glimpse into our ecosystem and our work to empower women through education, networking, business opportunities and much more.

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The Giving Connected Podcast

May 10, 2021

In this week's episode, we talk with the Executive Director for Well Aware, Kareece Sacco! Well Aware works to fund and implement sustainable clean water systems to drive economic development and empower communities in East Africa. You can find the them on social media, @WellAwareWorld and on their website,

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Well Aware visits 360 Radio to talk Shower Strike 2021

Join advocates from around the world April 22-28th as we go on #ShowerStrike to help more people gain access to lasting clean water.

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Ripple Effect

March 11, 2021

Video by Robbie Vaughn for Spectrum News 1.

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Spotlight On Well Aware For #IWD: Interview with Sarah Evans

March 8, 2021

Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day! On this global day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, Freestyle Languages highlights Sarah Evans as the founder of Well Aware, an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa.

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The Do's And Don'ts Of International Aid And Sustainable Support Of Nonprofit Efforts Overseas

March 2, 2021

Sarah Evans - Founder/CEO of Well Beyond, the Founder of Well Aware, a Toyota Mother of Invention, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Advisor

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Sarah Evans Goes Well Beyond

January 28, 2021

In order to celebrate the 100th episode of The Biofriendly Podcast, the show welcomed back a friend of the show and the founder of Well Aware, Sarah Evans! Sarah shares with Noel and Jacob about creating the social-good company Well Beyond in response to the technical and community needs of the water charity sector, why creative inspiration pairs nicely with wine, and that shower striking time is just around the corner!

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Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker join Well Aware for special digital gala

November 24, 2020

Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker, co-founders of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, have joined nonprofit, Well Aware, to emphasize the importance of clean water – now more than ever – for women and girls worldwide.

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Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker Take To The Screen To Emphasize Water Rights Are Women's Rights

November 30, 2020

In a world dominated by the rapid spread of coronavirus, women are the ones most impacted and burdened by the damage inflicted by COVID-19, especially in regions already struggling with access to clean water. Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker, co-founders of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, have joined nonprofit, Well Aware, to emphasize the importance of clean water – now more than ever – for women and girls worldwide.

On December 3rd, at 7pm CST, Amy and Meredith will accept an award at Well Aware’s Virtual Gala which anyone can attend. The Global Impact Award, presented annually by Well...

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Running Water: COVID-19 in Africa

Examining the key role played by water in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

With the global COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, people across the world are being advised to constantly wash their hands to avoid contracting the virus. However, for some this suggestion proves more challenging than others.

South Africa and Kenya are two nations suffering from water scarcity. Having undergone unprecedented droughts in recent years and with a lack of development and infrastructure, many South Africans and Kenyans now struggle to follow these guidelines. Both nations serve as...


Climate Solutions: Next Generation with BioCellection Co-Founder & CEO Miranda Wang, KARTON Co-Founder Karan Jerath and WellAware Founder and Chair Sarah Evans

October 14, 2020

By Washington Post Live

Social consciousness around fighting climate change is expanding. Many around the globe are responding to the crisis with new ideas, including a new and galvanized generation of young people, who are calling on everyone to work towards reducing carbon footprints and living more sustainable lives.

The Washington Post’s Climate Solutions section, in partnership with Rolex, focuses on the individuals working to find answers. We will bring together young...

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Eric Bailey: 2020 Legend Award Winner

October 9, 2020

Eric has traveled over 71,000 miles to donate his engineering expertise through Well Aware, building clean water systems that have helped transform nearly a quarter of a million lives.

Eric Bailey is the perfect example of dedication and generosity. Eric has been a volunteer with Well Aware, an Austin-based global charity that partners with East African communities to build clean water systems, for just over three years. In his time there, he has used his technical expertise as a civil engineer for the City of...


Crisis Pivots That Can Amplify Mission And Strengthen Brand

June 18, 2020

Founder/CEO of Well Beyond, the Founder of Well Aware, a Toyota Mother of Invention, and Truman National Security Project Fellow.

When the severity of the global pandemic was fully understood in the U.S., my organization made the very difficult decision to postpone our largest annual fundraiser, and the implications of that loss in revenue became clear and needed immediate triage.

We quickly shifted gears and targeted...


Well Aware's Clean Water Mission

June 8, 2020

Founder, Sarah Evans, talks about Well Aware's inspiring world mission on 'Atlanta & Company.'


Spectrum Brands Global Pet Care Donates Funds to Well Aware’s Clean Water Initiative

June 4, 2020

Spectrum Brands Global Pet Care, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., is donating $30,000 to support Well Aware’s clean water initiative, specifically in its efforts to combat COVID-19 in East African communities struggling to contain the virus. The funds will go toward educational materials and mobile support, according to officials.

“For years, Spectrum Brands Global Pet Care has supported Well Aware’s mission to provide sustainable water projects to drive development and empower communities in developing countries,” officials said in a statement. “Through the GloFish Clean...


Spectrum Donates to COVID-19 Effort in Africa

May 13, 2020

Press release: Spectrum Brands-- Leading pet care products supplier Spectrum Brands Global Pet Care, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., has announced a $30,000 donation to clean-water initiative Well Aware in its efforts to combat COVID-19 in East African communities struggling to contain the virus. The funds will support Well Aware’s efforts to provide life-saving educational materials and mobile support in the highly vulnerable regions the group serves.

For years, Spectrum Brands Global Pet Care has supported Well Aware’s mission to provide sustainable water...

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Growth Exponential Podcast with Guest Kareece Sacco

May 12, 2020

In this episode, Bradley Caro Cook of the Growth Exponential Podcast interviews the Executive Director of Well Aware, Kareece Sacco.

About the podcast: Telling the stories of non-profit leaders, consultants, and philanthropists and sharing their organization's mission with the world to help them grow. Hosted by growth hacker and social entrepreneur Dr. Bradley Caro Cook, Executive director of and Growth Exponential, co-founder of the Next Beverly Hills Entrepreneurship Incubator, and countless other endeavors. Since an early age Bradley has been...


Spectrum Brands Global Pet Care Makes Donation to Assist Emergency COVID-19 Training Effort in East Africa

May 11, 2020

Funds will promote global clean-water initiative Well Aware's efforts to support, educate vulnerable communities struggling to contain the virus

By Spectrum Brands Global Pet Care; Well Aware

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Women to Watch: Kareece Sacco

April 1, 2020

As one of the youngest executives in the water-charity sector, Kareece Sacco helped lead Well Aware to break $1 million in revenue

By Romina Olson


Recognize Good 2020 Ethics in Business Awards Finalists

March 13, 2020

Well Aware announced as a nonprofit finalist in this year's Recognize good Business in Ethics Awards. Watch the video announcement on CBS Austin News.

Celebrating the people who believe that doing good is good business! The Recognize Good...

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People on the Move

October 15, 2019

Austin Business Journal

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Sarah Evans: Dig a Water Well, Make Magic Happen

September 17, 2019

Earth+30 Podcast


Earth Day Special with guest Sarah Evans from Well Aware

April 22, 2019

The Biofriendly Podcast

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Local middle schools give up showers to rebuild a well in Africa

April 17, 2019

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Water Wizards

April 11, 2019

The Biofriendly Podcast


Well Aware's Global Impact Awards

January 1, 2019



Sarah Evans Announces New Water Initiative

November 1, 2018

Austin Woman Magazine


Sarah Evans Bringing Water to East Africa

September 20, 2018

ATX Unbound


A Conversation with Well Aware

September 17, 2018

Impact Hub Austin


Bellingen goes on shower strike for clean water in Kenya

May 8, 2018

The Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun


Sarah Evans on GroundBreakers Podcast

February 25, 2018




January 4, 2018

Austin Young Chamber

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Well Aware Rockin in a Winter Waterland 2017

December 10, 2017

Fox 7 Austin


Stinky for a Cause

May 10, 2017

The Daily Freeman- Journal

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Toyota Mother Of Invention: Well Aware

April 6, 2017

Women in the World


Sarah Evans- Well Aware

January 25, 2017



EBW Radio Sarah Evans

December 15, 2016



KONO 101.1 Radio Coverage of Well Aware

November 16, 2016

KONO 101.1


Water Charity Drills Down to Get to Know Real Needs

November 1, 2016

The Chronicle of Philanthropy


The trouble with Voluntourism

April 18, 2016

Third Drive

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Smelling For A Good Cause

April 1, 2016

The Daily Freeman-Journal


Pick of the Day: Shower Strike!

March 22, 2016

KEYE- TV We Are Austin


Water Charity Isn’t Working: A “Water Charity” Perspective

January 13, 2016

Texas Lifestyle Magazine by Sarah Evans


Water Charity Isn’t Working: How You Can Help

December 30, 2015

Wandering Educators by Sarah Evans

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Pick of the Day: Well Aware Live from Kenya

December 30, 2015

KEYE-TV We Are Austin


Rockin In A Winter Waterland: KEYE Interview!

December 9, 2015

In case you missed it! Watch Sarah Evans and Gavin Jasper talk about this weekend's event and future projects on this morning's KEYE We Are Austin show. Special thanks to Taylor Ellison.



November 16, 2015

It's pretty awesome to see our founder and executive director on the cover of the latest The Austinite - "Faces of Austin". We're proud of Sarah Evans and honored to be featured with this group of amazing Austinites!


Maria Shriver's Posted Essay from Our Founder on International Development

October 26, 2015

Just hearing the word “Haiti” triggers emotion. Haiti’s pain has been seen and felt across continents and cultures. Even in the midst of more recent tragedy, this island still beckons our attention and our sympathy.

Images of the destruction and despair still appear on the television, online, and in our minds- piles of rubble and waste, children sobbing in the streets in tattered clothing, and droves of missionaries and aid workers sifting through the debris and serving lines of despondent people food and medical treatment.

This is the story of Haiti we have learned and that...


Austin 360 Article: Well Aware is in expansion mode!

August 22, 2015

The Austin-based water-system nonprofit, founded by Sarah Evans, touts a 100 percent success rate providing clean water in Kenya


Well Aware: Journey of clean water for life on KUVE

August 21, 2015

Sarah Evans Founder of Well and Greg Davis of Greg Davis Photography speak about their joint project. Well Aware: Journey of clean water for life


Well Aware exhibition and benefit featuring Greg Davis: Interview on Fox 7!

August 20, 2015

Executive Director Sarah Evans talks about the organization and its upcoming event.


Well Aware is featured on KOOP Community Outreach Radio program

August 18, 2015

Reflections of Community Outreach: a conversation with Sarah Evans of Well Aware.

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TWHS volleyball players going on shower strike for a great cause

April 17, 2015

The Woodlands High School volleyball program is going on strike! On Friday at the stroke of midnight, the girls will stop showering for a week or until they raise $5000.00 for a great cause.


Austin-based nonprofit changing lives in Africa, KXAN

August 16, 2015

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite our drought restrictions in Central Texas, water is still not that hard to come by. In other parts of the world however, it’s a much different situation.

But local organization Well Aware is trying to change that. Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa.

Sarah Evans and her team just returned from a trip to Kenya, where they put in their 26th high-yielding water system. National Geographic Creative photographer Greg Davis traveled with the Well Aware team and...


Maria Shriver features Sarah Evans latest article!

April 14, 2015

The foundation of everything is water. We are blessed with plentiful, clean water in most places in the US. But, 1 of 7 people in the world still struggle to survive because they are not so blessed.


Charity Meets Style

April 7, 2015

For the seventh year, Austin’s Well Aware presents its 2015 Shower Strike. Each year, volunteers across the globe unite and vow not to shower for one week or until they raise $1,000.

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The Austinot: Well Aware Provides Clean Water for the Impoverished

October 13, 2014

Next time you’re chugging a glass of water, consider that there are communities around the world without that ability, and be a little more grateful for that water.


Your mark on the world: My World Water Day Promise: No More Showers for Me

March 28, 2014

March 22 was United Nations World Water Day, and many people took time to recognize global water issues. Some attended events and possibly even thought about water conservation and the importance of water in their own daily lives.

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Midwife in Africa: Why I Am on Shower Strike

March 28, 2014

I am on Day 6 of vowing not to shower until I raise my pledge to Well Aware as part of their annual Shower Strike fundraiser. This explains why..


A Week-Long Shower Boycott For Charity with Well Aware

March 28, 2014

Two local Africa-focused nonprofits, The African Leadership Bridge and CTC International, recently joined Well Aware as Shower Strike fundraising teams for the first time this year.


Xtremely Stinky Shower Strike team for Well Aware

March 27, 2014

Girls on The Xtreme Volleyball Club team in The Woodlands are boycotting showers for one week to raise money for clean water in Africa.

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Volleyball team raising money to build water systems in Africa

March 27, 2014

THE WOODLANDS, Texas--A group of teenage volleyball girls, from Xtreme Volleyball Club, are planning on stinking it up during a week-long shower strike to raise money to build water systems in Africa.


Teens Boycott Showering for Well Aware (But They Have a Good Reason)

March 27, 2014

(HOUSTON) — A group of Houston-area volleyball players are “stinking it up” for a good cause.


Teens Boycott Showering for Well Aware

March 27, 2014

The 14- and 15-year-old players are participating as a fundraising team — dubbed “Xtremely Stinky” — in the infamous global Shower Strike campaign held annually by Well Aware.



March 27, 2014

We're sure a bunch of teens in The Woodlands aren't dealing with the everyday difficulties of pouring fresh water into a cup and drinking it, especially with all that good clean liquid ready to be pumped in through Lake Conroe.


The Villager: Local team on shower strike to raise money for Well Aware

March 27, 2014

The girls' shower boycott began last Saturday, March 22, and will come to an end this Saturday, March 29.


Second Grade Class Boycotts Showers for One Week for Well Aware

March 27, 2014

Second grade class at Sunset Heights Elementary School led by their teacher Dawn Scholtens are on a shower strike!


KHOU: Woodlands teens stop showering to raise money for charity

March 22, 2014

WOODLANDS, Texas Several students at the Woodlands High School have chosen to stop showering for a week in order to raise money for a non-profit that is building wells Africa.


KVUE: Well Aware raises money by not showering

March 22, 2014

It's not the cleanest way to raise money, but it does raise a lot of attention.

Sarah Evans, founder and executive director of Well Aware, sat down and spoke to KVUE about her nonprofit and fundraiser.


CBS 11: Texas Group Wants You To Skip The Shower, For A Good Cause

March 20, 2014

DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Imagine not taking a shower for a week…but for a good cause. An Austin non-profit is asking people to do just that in an effort to raise awareness and money for water systems in impoverished communities in Africa.


Water Cache: We’re Staying Dirty for African Water Wells #ShowerStrike

March 12, 2014

We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Well Aware, a local non-profit that works to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa.

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Well Aware to launch Shower Strike to raise money for clean water in east Africa

January 30, 2014

Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Africa, has announced the return of its infamous Shower Strike— a global annual fundraiser that recruits volunteers to abstain from showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water.


KCCI: Students raise money by not showering for Well Aware

March 28, 2013

Students raise money by not showering and are featured on the news!


Ask Miss A features Austin’s Well Aware’s 2015 Shower Strike

April 7, 2015

For the seventh year, Austin’s Well Aware presents its 2015 Shower Strike. Each year, volunteers across the globe unite and vow not to shower for one week or until they raise $1,000.