Austin, TX June 14, 2022 – Well Aware has been named a 2022 Classy Awards winner in the Social Innovation category. Hosted by Classy, a giving experience platform that enables nonprofits to connect supporters with the causes they care about, the Classy Awards honor today’s most innovative nonprofit organizations. Now in its 9th year, the Classy Awards is one of the largest social impact awards in the country.
Well Aware was honored as an organization for its innovative work building and maintaining clean water systems in East Africa. Winners were determined by the Leadership Council, a prestigious group of social sector leaders with representatives from organizations such as Jane Goodall Institute USA, Oxfam America, United Way Worldwide, Charity Navigator, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“The Classy Awards began in 2009 to shine a spotlight on outstanding programs run by social impact organizations around the world,” says Soraya Alexander, Classy’s Chief Operating Officer. “Congratulations to Well Aware who joins a prestigious group of 2022 Classy Award Winners who are embracing new ideas and solving today’s toughest challenges.”
This award and recognition is granted to Well Aware for forging a new path for clean water access in developing countries. In the “water charity” sector, nearly 60% of water systems fail within their first year of implementation in Africa. That’s where Well Aware is different: to this day, 100% of their systems continue to work and supply water to their respective communities.
“We are honored to be the recipient of this incredible award. We have a small but mighty team that works so very hard to bring more clean water to people – clean water that will last – and we are all thrilled for this recognition that will elevate our organization so we can do even more,” stated Well Aware founder, Sarah N. Evans.
Through Well Aware’s sustainability model and smart-phone app, the Well Beyond App, the organization is setting new standards for water system sustainability in developing countries. Their very own software targets water system diagnostic and maintenance so that water well failures are a thing of the past for rural communities. With this transformative technology, countless future lives will be changed, and the work of other international organizations will follow suit.
About Well Aware
Austin-based, international 501(c)3 nonprofit Well Aware builds sustainable clean water systems in East Africa to drive development and empower communities. To date, Well Aware has implemented over 100 projects and provided lasting clean water to more than 300,000 people across Kenya and Tanzania. With their technical expertise and community-driven approach, Well Aware continues to maintain a 100% success rate across all of their water projects — setting a new standard for efficiency and sustainability in the water aid sector.
About Well Beyond
Well Beyond is a women-owned and operated consulting and technology company serving the water sector to improve rural water supply worldwide. A social enterprise subsidiary of Well Aware, Well Beyond is leveraging technology and expertise to close the accountability gap in international water charity. Co-founders Sarah Evans and Kathryn Bergmann have a combined 20+ years of experience in the international development sector.
Classy is a B Corp Certified Public Benefit Corporation and giving experience platform that enables nonprofits to connect supporters with the causes they care about. Based in San Diego, CA, and trusted by thousands of nonprofits, from the fastest-growing nonprofits to some of the world’s largest social organizations, Classy’s platform provides the formats and flexibility to activate donors when and how they need to by creating more relevant connections to their causes. Since 2011, Classy has helped nonprofits mobilize and empower the world by raising over $4B on its platform. Classy also hosts the Collaborative conference and the Classy Awards to spotlight the innovative work nonprofits are implementing around the globe. For more information, visit www.classy.org
About the Classy Awards
The Classy Awards is one of the largest awards ceremonies of its kind, recognizing excellence in social innovation. The year-long initiative identifies and evaluates nonprofit organizations addressing hundreds of social problems around the world. The winners are determined by the Classy Awards Leadership Council, an honorary board of leaders and experts whose unique perspective and valuable insight establish this recognition as one of the highest honors in the social sector.