Community Improvement, Capacity Building

WELL AWARE

Clean Water for Life.

aka Well Aware

Austin, TX

Mission

Well Aware is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with headquarters in Austin, Texas that provides innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in East Africa. We fund and implement life-saving water systems to drive economic development and empower communities. At Well Aware, we believe our responsibility to our partner communities goes far beyond the drilling of a hole. More than 60% of existing water wells in Africa fail within the first year. Our water systems work and last because of realistic, responsible planning and collaboration. Our partner communities are motivated and organized and need only clean water to kick-start their success. We adapt each project according to each community's specific needs. And, our partner communities are thriving as a result.

Notes from the Nonprofit

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to read and invest in our mission, we hope you join our mission in building sustainable communities through clean water.

Ruling Year

2008

Founder

Sarah Evans

Executive Director

Kareece Sacco

Main Address

3571 Far West Blvd PMB 229

Austin, TX 78731 USA

Keywords

Kenya, water, drought, Africa, wells, pipelines, global water crisis

EIN

20-5025148

 Number

7612772686

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rural (S32)

Public Health Program (E70)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

60% of clean water projects in East Africa fail a year after implementation. It is our goal to bring clean water to those without with our sustainable model and 100% success rate.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Water Systems

Sanitation and Hygiene

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people,

People with diseases and illnesses

Related program

Water Systems

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers reflect the initial impact of a new water system. Communities' populations grow after water is available and health and economics improve.

Average number of service recipients per month

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people,

People with diseases and illnesses

Related program

Water Systems

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of water systems still functioning

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people,

People with diseases and illnesses

Related program

Water Systems

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

100% of our water systems are still functioning after seven years of implementation.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Implement 20 new projects a year and enter into new areas surrounding Kenya and Tanzania. Secure sustainable funding so that we can continue to serve communities in need. Build our volunteer team of hydrologists and engineers who help design and implement our projects.

Well Aware believes that it is our obligation to our communities and our donors to be the best possible stewards of their trust and resources. So, we combine innovation, collaboration, and community involvement to have an exponential impact.

Our partner communities are not charity cases. They are motivated, organized, and prepared communities who need only sustainable clean water to kick-start their success. Every community with which we are privileged to work has submitted a project proposal to Well Aware. We are not able to serve everyone seeking partnership, but we provide guidelines for organization to apply again at a later time.

Sustainability is not just a buzzword to us. We have studied and experienced everything that has worked and failed in Africa. We collaborate with carefully selected and approved nonprofit partners who add great value and sustainability to each community in other areas of need specific to them.

We combine four main components that are proven to give communities a greater chance of prosperity, and that strategy is yielding amazing results.

Our teams are innovative and evolving. Since we do it all—fundraising, operating, implementing, training, and community education--and providing follow-up— we have a working knowledge of technological, environmental, and cultural influences and limitations. Our team constantly tracks data from the field, and we tweak and improve our methods accordingly.

Our organization is lean and our operations are transparent. Our operational costs are low, and we do not try to mask them with public support models.

We focus on impact. We are proud of the number of people we serve, but the quality of our work and results is as important as the quantity.

We work with communities, not for them. Our team understands that the communities in which we work know better than anyone else what they need, and we listen.

We know that two pairs of helping hands are better than one. Unlike much of the nonprofit sector, we have strong strategic nonprofit partnerships, often more than one on each project. For each dollar invested in Well Aware's water systems, it is matched in partner contributions for each community.

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.

On average, Well Aware can provide lasting clean water to one person for $9.13 dollars. Since its founding, Well Aware has funded 20 water projects and provided clean water to more than 80,000 people, and we are on track to at least double this impact in the coming years.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/03/2019

Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & Ethnicity

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