Nearly 1 billion people live without access to clean water; that's 1 in 7 of the world's population that still struggles to survive because of a lack of this most basic need. Well Aware is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Austin, Texas working to tackle this issue. They provide innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa. What's more, they fund and implement life-saving water systems that drive economic development and build self-sufficient communities.
Remarkably, to date they have a 100% success rate. Well Aware's philosophy is that their responsibility to the communities in which they work goes far beyond the drilling of a hole. More than 60 percent of existing water wells in Africa currently do not work. In contrast, Well Aware's water systems last, and they believe that their high success rate is due to realistic and responsible planning and collaboration. Their project planning and execution includes thorough technical evaluation and oversight, strategic nonprofit partnerships to further community success, hygiene and sanitation training and community empowerment and support.
Well Aware’s connection and partnership model is not about bringing charity to these people, but rather assisting the communities in their own success.
These communities are motivated, organized, and prepared, who need only sustainable clean water to kick-start their success. To date, 23 water projects have been implemented in Kenya through Well Aware, giving over 74,000 people access to clean water.
Well Aware's impact doesn't stop at cleaner drinking water. According to the United Nations, children lose more than 400 million school days each year due to water-related illness. However, when organizations like Well Aware make water available at schools, attendance dramatically improves. Women spend an estimated 200 million hours collecting water every day, while providing clean water enables women to spend time on income-generating jobs, caring for family, and going to school.
To learn more about Well Aware and how you can help, visit wellawareworld.org.