We drill new water wells, rehabilitate existing wells, install rainwater collection systems, and implement gravity-driven pipelines.
Each of Well Aware's projects are tailored individually to community needs and potential, as well as local environmental conditions and projections.
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Started in 2005, the New Hope School in Arusha, Tanzania has 145 students, teachers, and staff members. The majority of students at New Hope are orphans and vulnerable children. The school and the local community depend on the nearby river for water, competing with local livestock and animals...more
Mbalawala once had a water well that was powered by a generator, and the generator broke down and was unrepairable. Desperate for access to water, the community pulled out the pump and placed a semi-functional handpump in the borehole. While they had some water from this solution, the breakage...more
Cheptoroi Primary School, home to nearly 600 students, currently relies on rainwater or the river nearby. Both sources are highly contaminated and used untreated, causing many waterborne illnesses. Students often miss school and the classrooms are dirty without sufficient water to clean them....more
The Sikizana Trust for Community Development began in the community of Mwitasyano, Kenya in 2005 to support and empower children with disabilities, orphans, single mothers and people with HIV. Lack of reliable clean water made it incredibly difficult for the community to engage in economic...more
Njoguini Primary School is located within the Ol Pejeta Conservatory and serves nearly 300 students. Currently, the majority of Njoguini’s water source comes from rainwater, which is erratic and unreliable. The school has been on the brink of closure due to severe water shortages.
Previously, New Canaan relied on a private enterprise for water that was trucked in from a private borehole. The water was high in fluoride, untreated, and unaffordable for many residents. In addition, New Canaan used untreated rainwater, but rain in the area is unreliable- with long rains in...more
The village of Ndatani, Kenya, is located just southeast of Nairobi. Water resources in the region are limited and the majority of the villagers are subsistence farmers.
Ndatani’s primary and secondary schools are home to 1,600 students. The schools' previously relied on harvested...more
For years, the Salaita community struggled with lack of clean water, with all 2,000 individuals relying on a dysfunctional borehole that barely produced water each day. Young girls and women used to spend their days waiting for their turn to fetch water, hoping to bring home a single jerry-can...more
Miumbuni (also known as Musalaani) once suffered greatly from chronic waterborne illnesses due to the lack of clean drinking water in the area. Previously, their primary source of drinking water was from a man-made dam, which was used without treatment or boiling. When our team visited Miumbuni...more
Kavuthu is a community of 4,000 people, including 550 students who attend the local primary school. Previously, they lived solely off of water from a river four kilometers away. The water was full of coliform, making the community and the students very sick, often causing the kids to miss school...more
The community of Kimotorok lived solely off of water from hand-dug holes in the ground (pictured here). They struggled to keep children in school, who were often sick from the contaminated water.
In 2018, Well Aware implemented a rainwater collection system, complete with a UV filtration...more
Kithoka is a community of 10,000 people outside of Meru, Kenya, which previously suffered greatly from inaccessibility of clean water. Although there were various private and county pipeline water projects, the water was unclean and rationed. Those who could not afford the pipeline water had to...more
A note from our Founder, Sarah Evans:
"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...more
In Ratta, residents struggled with severe water storages. Unforunately, Ratta has been a victim of failed water projects. They’ve had several previous wells implemented, which all failed, often due to mechanical breakdown of the shallow hand pump systems used. Although some of these previous...more
In this community, people waited in line for hours to retrieve water from the only kiosk they had. This was not enough to supply the community, who was struggling with the intense drought hitting Kenya and the ethnic conflicts that ensued throughout the Laikipia area.
Well Aware partnered...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...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...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...more
In 2015, at an orphanage in Port au Prince, we reviewed a water system and provided recommendations for improvements. We quickly found the children were drinking highly contaminated well water. The shallow well, installed by a US-based NGO was drawing water, in part, from nearby sewage run-off....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...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...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...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...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...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...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...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,...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...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...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...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...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...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...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...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.
- Estimated population with access to new water...
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...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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
- Estimated population...
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...more