Bathing Boycott Begins

April 16, 2015

Bathing Boycott Begins

Recent tragedies in Kenya lend new urgency to Shower Strike

AUSTIN-Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya, will launch its Shower Strike® April 18. The global annual fundraiser recruits volunteers to stop showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water. Teams and individuals can sign up at People who want to support the campaign but not go on “Strike” can donate at any time at

“Now that the world’s attention is focused on Kenya after the lives of 148 innocent college students were abruptly taken by terrorism, we have the opportunity to show how easy it can be to help strengthen communities vulnerable to violence,” said Sarah Evans, executive director of Well Aware. “This campaign for clean water as a tool for development enables anyone who wants make a big difference do so in a short time and with a sense of humor.”

Why Shower Strike?

  • Up to 2,000 children die each day from water-borne diseases.

  • The average distance women in Africa walk to collect water is four miles. Collectively, they spend 200 million work hours a day completing this chore.

  • Clean water is the foundation for education, disease eradication, gender equality and economic stability.

Every $10 raised during Shower Strike provides clean water to a person for 20 to 30 years. A team that raises $1,000 is giving the gift of water to 100 people. This year’s Shower Strike will provide water to the following:

  • Metta, Kenya- Metta is a community in very dry part of Kenya with an unfinished water system that has been abandoned by the previous implementor. The existing infrastructure there will amplify the impact of this water project, that will serve the community of 4,000 people, as well as a health clinic and school. Well Aware has partnered with Metta to create a lasting clean water supply that will be the foundation for very promising development in this area.

  • Tututha, Kenya- Tututha is a primary school in southern Kenya with 500 students and growing. Many of the children are unable to attend class or have poor test scores because they suffer from water-related illness. Well Aware will rehabilitate a failed water well for the school and provide enough yield for entire community, transforming this area.

  • Kaliini, Kenya- The community of Kaliini currently relies on spring water that dries up and is also contaminated, causing high rates of disease and precluding the the local clinic from being able to treat patients. Well Aware will implement a new rainwater harvesting system with abundant water storage and purification for the school and clinic.

Well Aware’s Shower Strike began in 2009, and has since delivered lasting clean water to more than 30,000 people.

About Well Aware

Founded in 2006, Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware is known for its sustainability model in building lasting water systems with high impact. The model combines community involvement, strategic non-governmental organization partnerships, technical expertise, and impact measurement to create sustainable solutions that drive economic development and nurture self-sufficient communities. For more information about Well Aware, visit

CONTACT: Sarah Evans, executive director- 512.200-7312