Well Aware's water projects adhere to our organization's project approval and execution process and meet our strict sustainability criteria. Each project is tailored to community needs and potential, as well local environmental conditions and projections. We drill and rehab water wells, install rainwater collection systems, and install gravity driven pipelines. To submit a project proposal please complete our online project request form or download a PDF version.
Nearly 6,000 people live in the community of Sauti Kuu (Swahili for "Powerful Voices").
There was a well in the community, built in 2007 by an international charity. Sadly, like many wells in the area, it joined the statistic to become one of the 60% of water systems that are not functioning.
Rain became the main source of water for the community, but there is little available because of the drought. Disease rates are increasing...more
More than 2,000 people live in the village of Salaita, including 200 students who attend the local primary school. For years now, the community has been struggling with lack of clean water, with everyone relying on a dysfunctional borehole that barely produces water each day.
Young girls and women spend their days waiting for their turn to fetch water, hoping to bring a single jerry-can of water home. Those who are not...more
Misuuni is a community made up of nearly 2,000 homesteads scarcely settled in the area, mainly populated with older adults and children, which attend the nearby primary school. The community of Misuuni suffers greatly from chronic water borne illnesses due to the lack of clean drinking water.
The only available drinking water in the nearby area is from man-made dam where the water is not treated or boiled. When our team visited Misuuni...more
A water well was constructed for Mballawalla ten years ago by an organization other than Well Aware. Unfortunately it was constructed incorrectly and completely failed to continue working a year later.
Since then, the community has been forced to pull water from an from an open hole to just survive. Well Aware has designed a rehabilitation that will reequip the system with a solar-powered submersible pump and solar panels that will...more
The community of Kimotorok has lived soley with water from hand dug holes in the ground. They struggle to keep the children in school whom are often sick from water contamination. The community will now have a new water well, complete with a solar-powered submersible pump and distribution lines. This will serve all 3,000 members of this community.more
On the evening of August 28th, three days after Harvey’s landfall on Texas, I was sitting at my computer watching the devastation unfold. My mind was spinning about what the Well Aware team could possibly do to help, and my heart hurt knowing friends and team members were in danger. Then, an email from Toyota showed up in my inbox.
Our friends at Toyota were reaching out to all of their...more
In Ratta, Kenya, schools and community centers are struggling without sustainable clean water. . Currently, 50% of the community's total water is provided by an unsafe water source. Well Aware is implementing a water pipeline system to eradicate this struggle.
Pictured above, a woman prepares food for students at Ratta Secondary School, which serves 310 students. The school does not have a kitchen which is not an uncommon situation in...more
Well Aware is partnering with The Nobelity Project on a new water well in Ol Moran. In this community, people wait in line for hours to retrieve water from the only kiosk they have. This is not enough to supply the community, who is struggling with the intense drought hitting Kenya and the ethnic conflicts that have ensued throughout the Laikipia area.
The girls pictured here are students from Ol Moran Primary School, which will be...more
Nthaani Primary, a school, is located in Makueni County which is situated in the southern region of Kenya. Currently hosting 480 students and 14 dedicated staff members, this school has poor attendance and a high disease rate from the unsanitary water they now use. The implementation of Well Aware's rainwater and storage catchment system will enable this community to thrive. As well, implementing a gutter system will assist in collecting the...more
Kiliku Primary school is located in a small village in Makueni, Kenya that is at risk of shutting down due to lack of clean water. They currently rely on unsafe water from a river around 2.5 kilometers away. Many of the children are unable to attend because they are sick, often related to the unclean water. The community is struggling with a number of diseases including cholera, typhoid, malaria and amoeba.
Well Aware can improve the...more
In Partnership with International Peace Initiatives and Amani Home.
Well Aware has partnered with International Peace Initiatives (IPI) and the Kithoka community near Meru, Kenya, to implement a safe and reliable water system. IPI is a Kenya and U.S. based organization that provides a home for orphans and vulnerable children in Kithoka, and also runs a development centre to support women with HIV/AIDS.
Well Aware plans to work...more
Daaba Juu is a community near Daaba in the arid county of Isiolo. Daaba Juu relies on an open water well, where women and children must climb down the slippery rocks to retrieve water. Children and animals have fallen and died in this well, and the danger continues to be a significant concern in the community.
Daaba Juu has requested Well Aware to drill a new well. Well Aware has been working with communities in Isiolo for the past few...more
Ndovoini is one of the communities that can thrive with a rehabilitated water system and the Well Aware model. The community lost their water well in 2013 and is now retrieving unsafe water from a river 6 kilometers away. Despite efforts to reach the original water system implementer, the community has been ignored. Typhoid, diarrhea and dysentery are all affecting the children there, and the men in the community are struggling to support...more
The community of Aremet is located in a very dry region of Kenya called Isiolo County. When Aremet first contacted Well Aware, they were seeking assistance to repair their broken pump. Recently, Aremet received assistance and installed a new solar pump.
However, the community still lacks infrastructure that is integral to the sustainability of the water system. Lack of access to clean water in the clinic has made it difficult to provide...more
The community of Metta has already self-funded a community water project over the last few years. A borehole was drilled, and the community bought a pump and some of the piping, but the system was never installed. Well Aware will partner with Metta to carry out the project and supply the remaining supplies needed.
Implementation of this project will bring lasting clean water supply to the community of 4,000 people, including the health...more
The community of Kaliini currently relies on spring water that dries up and is also contaminated, causing high rates of disease and precluding 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 clinic.more
Description: Songoloi is a primary school serving 500 students near Naivasha, Kenya. Students were previously collecting untreated water from a nearby lake along with collecting water from steam vents.
Well Aware installed a rain water collection and solar-powered UV treatment system, new gutters, piping, and a 20,000 liter cement tank. Our partner organization, Nobelity Project, constructed a new school building for community...more
Kelelwa is a community of about 2,000 people in Baringo County, Kenya. There are 4 schools in the area, serving about 600 students. Their community borehole was built in 1947, and has not been producing water since 2011. The community was relying on raw water from the Molo river; causing several water related diseases.
Well Aware worked with the community of Kelelwa to repair the pump, replaced the faulty pipes and equipment, and...more
The Mutaki school was only one classroom when Well Aware originally worked with education partner, Nobelity Project, to add two classrooms and provide rainwater catchment and storage for the 100 children who would attend.
Due to water scarcity in the Kooi region, more children have been traveling to the Mutaki school to be educated and have clean water to drink. Well Aware expanded the water system there to accommodate many more...more
The closest well to the Imale Schools produces water that is too high in nitrates to be considered safe. High nitrate concentration in drinking water has been linked to adverse health effects, especially for infants, children and pregnant women. The nearest source of cleaner water is from a dam, approximately 2 kilometers away.
In August 2014, Well Aware built a rainwater collection system to benefit the students and teachers at Imale...more
Current Community Situation: The well at Kimangu has broken equipment inside the borehole. The community’s other option for water is another borehole powered by a hand pump with an extremely low yield. Through the R3 Initiative, Well Aware intends to rehabilitate the existing well, using a solar powered pump and panels.
The Technical and Community teams have recommended the following for system and community...more
Current Community Situation: Nyakio had a water well equipped with a hand pump that continued to break and damaged the borehole. They were getting water from a seasonal river that is contaminated or another hand-dug water well that is 6 kilometers away. Their school was poorly attended, and there were very few girls in attendance.
Description: Well Aware identified a nearby source of water that could be piped to the school and...more
Community Situation: Exrock had a water well equipped for them by another organization with a windmill that often broke down. The windmill is now irreparable, and the community was retrieving water from another functional borehole 10 kilometers away. The medical clinic did not have the water supply to see many sick community members, and the primary school was poorly attended. Many children in the area have the laborious task of fetching...more
The community and primary school were retrieving unsafe water from the contaminated river 2 kilometers away. The boarding school at Emining also takes in blind children, otherwise abandoned, to nurture and educate them. They must also walk to retrieve water for all of their consumption and health needs. Well Aware implemented a rainwater harvesting system to support the health and development of the children at Emining Primary School.more
Description: In Maruku, the community lost their water well in 2010 when their hand pump failed and cracked some piping down borehole. Hand pump failure (and subsequent damage to additional well components) is a common problem in Kenya.
The community, including both schools, was retrieving unsafe water from ephemeral surface sources that are 3-4 kilometers away. Members of the community were reporting high rates of illness, and the...more
Alamach is one of Well Aware’s most successful communities. They once suffered greatly from water-related illness because their only source of clean water was over 14 km away. The mothers in Alamach were distraught from the high rates of infant mortality, and the community felt hopeless. When Well Aware rehabilitated the community’s water system in July of 2014, Alamach began to thrive and develop. The community has united to establish a...more
There are 20,000 people in Ndabibi and surrounding areas who once accessed a water well that broke. The community was devastated, and the schools, clinic, fish ponds and agriculture that they built and maintained were all but abandoned without water.
We met the community in Ndabibi in 2013 and listed to stories about the struggles of childbirth there without a functioning clinic. The following year, Well Aware returned...more
Maai Mahiu is located in the Naivasha District of Kenya where access to water is a great challenge. The community struggles with poverty and disease due to the lack of clean water; however, Comfort the Children International is in the process of making a large positive impact and lasting change there. With a clean water source, they will be able to expand their operations and continue to heal, educate, and employ more people in Maai...more
The Ndatani project included the implementation of a 200 meter deep water well for the primary and secondary schools, as well as the expansion of the secondary school. This borehole now provides purified drinking water for both schools.
Well Aware partnered with Stitching Nkoilale a second time to extend their high-volume water pipeline project, doubling the number of people served there.
The Irbaan School sits on the edge of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. When assessing the project, Well Aware discovered that this rural school had the potential to hold 500-1,000 boarding students and to educate all the children in the community—if and only if the school had access to clean water. Well Aware, in partnership with The Nobelity Project and the local community, installed two new water systems for Irbaan that will provide the students with...more
Kiguru is near Amboni Primary and Simbara Secondary School, and is very close to the Rhino Fence, which is the boundary between the Aberdare National Park and neighboring farming areas. Before Well Aware funded the water project at the school, the children drank from untreated rain and surface water sources that were often rife with diseases including typhoid.
The Muthuini Primary school is located north of Aberdare National Park near the city of Nyahururu. Prior to Well Aware’s intervention, the area’s water resources were small, untreated rainwater catchment systems used by villagers, and untreated surface water reservoirs such as small ponds, which were shared with livestock and multiple families and had a high incidence of contamination.
We implemented a water well for Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Special Needs Children and the surrounding community. Tania Centre's school serves both day students and orphaned boarders. Tania Centre now has dormitories, classrooms, a playground, three greenhouses, a dairy farm, a rabbit farm, a pigsty, a chicken coop, and a tree-planting program. Additional recently completed projects on the land include a Biogas Tank and a dam...more
Mutaki Primary is a public primary school in the village of Kooi in the Tana District of Kenya. This area has been suffering from an extended drought during the past four years, and the local river and reservoir are now dry for the majority of the year. Groundwater prospects for a bore hole or drilled well at Mutaki were not good, and rainwater collection was the best alternative.
Well Aware installed a pipeline in Tot that brought clean water from local natural springs into the community hospital. The pipeline was accessible to the entire community and ensured that the spring water would no longer be contaminated. Many more patients are now being served at the hospital there.
In October of 2011, Well Aware restored a broken borehole and additionally equipped it with a solar-powered pump. Because of this restoration, the Daaba Center community experienced a period of growth.
Daaba's population has grown significantly due to access ofclean water. Due to the growth in population and demand on resources, the community has requested an expansion to their existing water system.
Well Aware is planning a trip...more
Well Aware implemented a solar-powered water well in Mithini, which was the catalyst for creating a fully self-sustaining children’s center and for additional exponential development in the community.
Well Aware partially funded a water well in an extremely arid region of Oltinga that pipes clean water to a primary school, women's educational centre and water points within the community.
Well Aware, the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club, and The Nobelity Project have changed this primary school and community for generations to come. With clean water, additional updated classrooms, more teachers, and access to electricity, these children now have a significantly brighter, better future.
Well Aware provided the rainwater collection and UV-filtration system for the Amboni School, and The Nobelity Project updated and expanded the school’s classrooms. Students’ attendance has significantly increased with the sharp decline of water-related illnesses.
This borehole was drilled in an area in desperate need of a water source. The previously devastated community of Namanga is now served by a 200 meter water well.
Well Aware partnered with Stitching Nkoilale and contributed to a high-volume water pipeline project that serves the entire Nkoilale community. The well organized community project has created new classrooms, boarding houses, chicken coops and commerce. The people of Nkoilale are now healthier and more educated, and their livestock has tripled.