In Ndabibi, a water well (built by a different NGO) broke, leaving 20,000 people devastated. We encounter situations like this far too often. 60% of wells in Africa fail and that's why we developed a different, sustainable model. #MotivationMonday Photo: Brett Buchanan

This is Eric - a brilliant engineer, certified jokester, teacher, friend, and all around amazing human. Our designated well climber, he helps ensure the success of our clean water projects. We couldn't do it without you, Eric! Have an incredible day and an even better year.

It's International #YouthDay. Today we celebrate our youth for the leaders they already are and the dreams they aspire to reach. And, we recognize our role in getting them where they need to be. A place where they are empowered, supported, healthy. Let's make that happen. Video: Ranae D Pettijohn

This is Elizabeth (in red). She is the leader of the water committee in Alamach; the force behind the addition of classrooms and the growth of the community's farming business. When we were there in June, Sarah talked with her and community members about their progress. Elizabeth welcomed the whole team with such joy - adorning each of us with beautiful handmade jewelry in celebration of our partnership. We are so excited to see how she will continue to drive development. Photo by John Langford

Today, Alamach has acres of farming and the community is cultivating more. Their children are nourished, and they are generating income from the sale of crops like carrots, kale, tomatoes, beans and berries. This is especially important for gender equality. The women are able to seek these entrepreneurial opportunities now that they do not have to spend their days walking to get water. The water management committee requested an expansion of their existing pipeline to foster even more irrigation, and we are working on completing this project. Photo by Greg Davis

Happy birthday, Shannon! We are so grateful for your compassion, integrity and awareness of the world around you. You provide such valuable insight and ideas to our work. You are incredible and we hope you have the best year yet!

Class used to be held under the shade of a large acacia tree. Alamach had no school structures and little to invest in education. Flash forward --> they have a nursery and a primary school. More kids are in school, and the community has shifted its focus from securing water access to securing educational opportunities. This is significant development and will lead to great things for future generations. Photos by Erinn Wright, Eric Straw

Happy, happy birthday to the lovely Karen! Karen is our East Africa community manager, and she is so vital to our success. Karen, thank you for all the impact you create and the thoughtful collaboration you encourage. We wish you a day full of love and a year full of happiness! Photo by John Langford

Special shoutout & a HUGE thank you to Tito's Handmade Vodka for having us over today to talk about all things clean water. We are so grateful for your partnership and look forward to more to come! Plus, thanks for the swag. We can’t wait to wear these hats out in the field in East Africa.

In just 4 years, Alamach has grown from 3,500 to over 5,000 people. People are congregating around the clean water, and innovating together in big ways on community development. Photo by John Langford Photography

Before clean water, the mothers in Alamach were distraught from the high rates of infant mortality and the community felt hopeless. Since the project was implemented, we have seen much healthier babies and a community that is now reinvigorated and ambitiously hopeful about their development. John Langford Photography

Captured: a joyful moment between a drilling team member and community member. These project implementation days are some of the most inspiring. #TechTeamTuesday Photo by Greg Davis

Alamach once suffered greatly from water-related illness because their only source of water was a river over 14 km away. This severely limited their opportunities to develop and the community felt hopeless. After Well Aware installed a well there in July of 2014, Alamach began to thrive and the community came together to tackle their greatest challenges. Follow our posts this week to see how they are doing. // Photo by Brett Buchanan

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." - Nelson Mandela. Our #MondayMotivation. Children are the most affected by lack of clean water. Malnutrition, missed school days and disease are all realities of kids who lack it. We are working to change this for children in East Africa. John Langford Photography

Get ready... #WorldWaterWeek is at the end of this month! That means - all of August - not only will we be sharing water facts and the impact of our clean water projects, but we will also be sharing stories from all of our i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e Village members. And, asking more of you wonderful people to join them. Don’t know what the Village is? We’ll explain that, too, but learn more here: Left photos by Brett Buchanan, right photo by Manny Pandya Photography

Smoochy Saturday - these two fearless leaders are peas in a pod. They love to love, but don't be fooled by their goofy demeanors. Our Founder, Sarah, and Deputy Director, Lindsey, are serious about clean water. Their diligence is unparalleled. #TeamAware Photo by John Langford Photography

This week, we highlighted the community of Daaba Juu - a Turkana society comprised of roughly 3,500 people. You’ve seen what they were using for water before they submitted a project request to Well Aware. And, you’ve seen what has happened since that project was completed in 2016. Now, we are so excited to see what the future holds for Daaba Juu. We hope you will follow along as we continue to watch them, and other communities, thrive with clean water. Photo by Lindsey Reed

Daaba Juu is also our highest yielding well to date. Technically speaking, we could run the pump for 24 hours straight and the well wouldn't dry up. Then, it would quickly recharge to its original resting level. This higher yield means the community will have more water, can store more water, and can use more water beyond drinking - like irrigation for the women's crop share. Manny Pandya Photography

Irrigation is now possible for Daaba Juu in a way it never was before. Women there are organizing a crop share to provide their families with not only food, but income as well. This means better gender equality, as well as improved nutrition, health and wealth for their community. That is something to celebrate. #LiveWellAware Photo by Lindsey Reed

Since Daaba Juu’s new well was implemented in 2016, their livestock, and thus their livelihood, has multiplied. We see this often - and it goes back to the ripple effect of clean water. Clean water is needed for human survival, but it is also needed for economic activities. Not only has their traditional income source been nourished, but they are now developing new sources of income. And that is an effect that will support the futures of young ones like this. Photo by Lindsey Reed

This is the day we hit clean water in Daaba Juu - and lots of it. In the traditional rural Kenyan way, the community cooked a goat for us. This is an important, celebratory gesture - as goats are quite expensive, and sacrificing one is a very big honor. We don’t take this honor lightly, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to work collaboratively with this community in paving the way for their prosperous future. Video by Mike Mutuku

"By solving our water worries, we're also alleviating world hunger, relieving poverty, lowering the global disease burden, slowing rampant population growth, and preserving the biosphere." - Abundance (2012). It all starts with sustainable clean water.

Our tech team is simply incredible - working so hard all year long. From initial research to drilling day, their expertise ensures the sustainability of all of our projects. They are the masterminds behind Well Aware. And they're pretty fun, too. #TeamAware Photo by John Langford

Ubuntu: "I am because we are." An ancient African term stressing the importance of our shared humanity. We are all in it together in the fight for clean water. And, we couldn't do it without the compassionate energy of each and every one of our rafikis (friends in Swahili). Thank you for your partnership, your hard work, and most of all, your Ubuntu mentality. #InternationalFriendshipDay



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