Access to clean water changes lives, yet more than 60% of existing water wells in Africa fail within the first year of implementation.

Well Aware Founder Sarah Evans shares her personal journey from making a living to making a difference and the power of figuring it out as you go. Hear how she’s built a non-profit and business that implements 100% sustainable clean water systems in East Africa with a focus on community to lower disease rates, improve classroom attendance and provide water for distribution and agriculture.

About the speaker

Sarah Evans is the founder and board co­chair of Well Aware, an Austin-­based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware is known for its sustainability model in building lasting water systems with high impact.

Evans is also CEO of Well Beyond, an international company that advises organizations on water development efforts, and oversees water project execution. Well Beyond has also developed software to improve the water aid sector.

After graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a communications degree, she attended law school at Southern Methodist University, where she focused on environmental law. After positions in lobbying and securities law with respected Texas-based firms, Evans began to pursue her own philanthropic and environmental interests by focusing on the evolving water crisis in Africa. She founded Well Aware in 2008 and Well Beyond in 2016.

Evans and her team work with the great potential that already exists in struggling communities while catalyzing development through access to clean water. Under her leadership, Well Aware has impacted more than 220,000 people, and the organization’s reputation for project success (100%) and cost effectiveness (averaging $10 per person for decades) has prompted numerous collaborations with other NGO’s worldwide to guide their water infrastructure projects through Well Aware.

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