When Sarah Evans found herself creating an international nonprofit, she was the first to admit she had no idea what she was doing. But as a self-described “overachiever,” she pushed forward anyway, because the goal of getting clean water infrastructure to rural, developing areas was too important to give up. “My family thought I was crazy for dropping a career to work on the other side of the planet, but I had a feeling my skillset could make a difference if I persisted.” And so she did, founding Well Aware 12 years ago—to great success. Since inception, the nonprofit continues to thrive, providing clean water and infrastructure to over 100 communities in East Africa. But she didn’t stop there. Once she realized how often clean water infrastructure breaks down in these regions, Sarah set her sights on changing the industry and founded a for-profit branch, Well Beyond, garnering sector-wide traction. “So many well-meaning organizations are working toward clean water for all, but most of these water systems fail. I didn’t see many people being proactive about this ‘Hidden Crisis’ and was compelled to take action, so we launched Well Beyond.” The Well Beyond App offers remote diagnostics and maintenance for off-grid water systems and is accessed directly by community members using the well. Getting real-time technical expertise, they can maintain the infrastructure via cell phone, reducing the need for outside technicians and getting ahead of issues to avoid costly repairs later. This patent-pending tool is the first of its kind and is already getting water systems back up and running within hours (as opposed to weeks), preventing long delays without water in places where it’s the only source. Today, the Well Beyond App is available worldwide and Sarah’s background in law and securities has been extremely helpful in getting the businesses globally recognized.
Sarah maintains positions on multiple prestigious boards like the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, and many other publications.