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LifePump Installations Planned for October

Design Outreach Team Journeys to Kenya, Malawi 

Columbus, OH (October 12, 2014) – Design Outreach (DO), a nonprofit humanitarian engineering organization, is planning an October trip to Kenya and Malawi to install several LifePumps as part of the Hundred Pump Project that launched earlier this year. At the end of July, 28 LifePumps were shipped to Africa and were received by World Vision, DO’s partner in this initiative.

“We’re excited to begin fulfilling the promise of the Hundred Pump Project with this installation trip,” said DO co-founder and CEO Greg Bixler, who is also an engineering professor at The Ohio State University. “Our fundraising champions have been working hard and our supporters are being so generous. Now it’s time to see how DO is impacting thousands of lives with access to clean, reliable water.

“Besides life-sustaining water, the LifePump gives another gift to these villagers – time. For the women and girls who are usually tasked with retrieving water for their families, they gain the time to be as productive as they can to care for their family, work or go to school.“

As with past pump installations, World Vision is offering significant support for each LifePump. It does so by working with each village to prepare and dig the well, then lay a concrete pad for the pump’s installation, which is completed by the local World Vision personnel and the DO technical team. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world – reaching a new person with clean water every 30 seconds.

The LifePump is a hand-cranked, pump that drawing water from depths as great as 325 feet (100 meters) – two times the limit of similar devices. A new model, one that reaches 500 feet [150 meters] is also in development. The pump’s progressive cavity design acts as an Archimedes’ screw to pull water from the aquifers common in Africa.

“There are more than 100,000 broken pumps and pumps needing repair. But most need outdated with parts that are no longer in production,” added Bixler. “The LifePump is a new design, easy to use and powerful, capable of reaching water deep underground.”

For more information about the Hundred Pump Project and the LifePump, please visit www.doutreach.org or watch this YouTube video. Interested donors and partners may also connect with Design Outreach through its FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn accounts.

About Design Outreach
Design Outreach (DO) is a non-profit humanitarian engineering organization founded by Christians that creates life-sustaining solutions for developing countries. DO works with volunteers, donors, and suppliers in creating products that create impact on the fight against poverty, particularly on the forefront of freshwater production.

Design Outreach envisions developing countries empowered to face the challenges of poverty through properly engineering everyday products. To achieve this vision, DO collaborates with established field partners who know and live with the people who will eventually use the product.  This invaluable anthropological, customer-based approach to product design is the key to the sustainability and scalability of their systems.

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.WorldVision.org/press or on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews.



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Stacey P. Stathulis                                                      staceys@doutreach.org                                                             614.296.6351


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