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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 But most need outdated with parts that are no longer in production,” added Bixler.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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Hundred Pump Project Brings Water to Thousands

One Hundred Villages in Five African Countries to Receive LifePumps

Columbus, OH (May 19, 2014) – Design Outreach (DO), a nonprofit humanitarian engineering organization, announces the launch of the Hundred Pump Project – an initiative that is bringing clean water to nearly 40,000 Africans who lack access to it today. DO, along with numerous Fundraising Champions and donors, is raising more than $900,000 to fund this important initiative.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to bring clean water to villages in Africa who desperately need it,” said Dr. Greg Bixler, CEO, co-founder of Design Outreach and engineering professor at The Ohio State University. “Having local access to water gives these villagers – especially women and girls who are usually tasked with retrieving water for their families – time to be as productive as they can to care for their family, work or go to school. That’s a benefit that is just as important as clean, reliable water.”

As with past pump installations in Malawi, 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 nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world – reaching one new person with clean water every 30 seconds.

“We are already building LifePumps and will be shipping several of them soon to arrive in Africa this summer,” said Bixler, who noted that Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Malawi and Zambia would receive the first LifePumps. “The DO team will be making trips this summer and fall to install the pumps. Our goal is to install the first 30 pumps in 2014.”

Dr. Greg Allgood, Vice President of Water at World Vision USA added, “World Vision is excited to partner with Design Outreach, who share the mission of finding innovative solutions to reduce poverty. The LifePump is important because it allows us to reach water at significant depths. We’re making great progress in addressing the global water crisis and the Hundred Pump Project helps fulfill our vision that every child have clean water.”

On June 11, DO is hosting an event at the new Heart of Africa exhibition at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium to kick-start the Hundred Pump Project fundraising effort. Because of its experience in Malawi in 2013, photos from the LifePump installation there are being included in the Heart of Africa exhibit which will be seen by more than two million visitors to the zoo this year.

The LifePump is a hand-cranked pump that draws 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 in development). LifePump’s progressive cavity design acts as an Archimedes’ screw to pull water from the deep aquifers common in Africa.

“When we first came to Africa, we found broken pumps and pumps needing repair. But most were outdated with parts that are no longer in production,” added Bixler. “The problem was more than needing a few spare parts. A new design was needed – an easy to use, powerful pump 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 Facebook, Twitter 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.

Contact: Stacey P. Stathulis / Phone: 614.296.6351 / Email: staceys@doutreach.org

 

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PR News: DO installs hand pump in Malawi

 

Design Outreach Installs

LIFEPUMP in Malawi Villages

Hand pump brings up water for drinking, sanitation

Columbus, OH (Dec. 11, 2013) – A team from Design Outreach, led by volunteers Rich Arthur and Thom Haubert, has successfully installed the LIFEPUMP™ in a Malawi village to provide fresh water to nearly 700 inhabitants. The LIFEPUMP™ is the flagship product for Design Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating life-sustaining solutions for developing countries.

In the village of Zolomondo, women wake early – or even camp out overnight – to fetch water in dried up wells that are more than a mile (two kilometers) away, returning at midday to attend to other chores. It is a painstaking and sometimes dangerous task that drains them of energy, resources and opportunities. With the installation of the LIFEPUMP™, villagers are now guaranteed a constant, convenient supply of fresh water for drinking, sanitation and washing.

“Hundreds of people now have clean water for the first time — thanks to our dedicated volunteers and partners — and we’re excited more than ever to do this for thousands of more villages,” said Greg Bixler, who co-founded of Design Outreach along with Abe Wright.


The LIFEPUMP™ is a powerful water pump, powered only by two hands but able to draw water from hundreds of feet underground. Design Outreach has a goal of installing this sustainable solution to thousands more villages in sub-Saharan Africa and throughout the world.

“When we first came to Africa, we found pumps that were broken and needing repair. But most of these pumps are outdated and parts are no longer in production,” said Bixler. “The problem was more than making a few spare parts: we needed to design an easy-to-use, powerful pump capable of reaching water deep underground.”

Design Outreach has continuously improved the design of the LIFEPUMP™ and is extending its network of partners to save more lives with freshwater production.

For more information about Design Outreach and their LIFEPUMP™ system, visit their website, www.doutreach.org, or watch this video on YouTube. Interested donors and partners may also connect with Design Outreach through their Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

About Design Outreach

Design Outreach (DO) is a non-profit humanitarian engineering organization which 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.

Contact: Abe Wright

Phone: (574) 527-3448

Email: abe@doutreach.org

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PR News: Greg Bixler at the Accord WASH Summit

 

Abe Wright

Design Outreach
www.doutreach.org
Telephone: (574) 527-3448
Email: abe@doutreach.org
 

Press Release

Innovative Engineering Meets Humanitarian Efforts Approach to Provide Freshwater, says Greg Bixler of Design Outreach

Speaking at the 3rd ACCORD Summit on Excellence in WASH, Design Outreach’s CEO discusses how technology is now being used for a humanitarian end in the freshwater sector.

Winona Lake, IN – November 5, 2013 – Greg Bixler, co-founder and CEO of Indiana-based non-profit Design Outreach (DO), gave a stirring presentation at the recently concluded 3rd Annual Accord Summit on Excellence in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) held at Calvin College’s Prince Conference Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan from October 29-31, 2013. The event gathered together the major players in the advocacy to provide sustainable freshwater supply to villages in predominantly dry and arid regions around the globe.

Design Outreach, one of the top innovators in the freshwater movement, joined other major presenters in summit. Bixler presented the topic “Reaching Deeper: The Design Outreach’s New Handpump” where he provided the audience with a brief history of Design Outreach, their humanitarian work in Central Africa, and how they came up with their flagship project, the LIFEPUMP.

“When we first came to Africa, we found a large number of pumps were broken and the few remaining ones needed repair. Most of the pumps were already outdated and the parts are no longer in production,” shared Bixler, who is also a mechanical engineer, graduated from Ohio State University. “We realized that the problem was more than retooling a few spare parts: we needed to design an easy-to-use but powerful pump able to reach deep underground water. We often hear: ‘There is something in the air’. At Design Outreach, we say: ‘There is something underground’. It is water, and we are going to pump it up.”

Working with social entrepreneur and fellow engineer Abe Wright, they founded Design Outreach and came up with the innovative LIFEPUMP, which is capable of bringing up water from deep underground reservoirs in parched lands such as those in Central Africa. The hand-operated pump helped provide potable water to homes not only for drinking, washing and sanitation, but for irrigating farmlands in the countryside as well. Despite being powered only by two hands, the LIFEPUMP can draw water from as deep as 500 feet. Bixler presented how this sustainable solution has worked in bringing, not only water, but also hope to a growing number of villages worldwide.

However, the work is not yet done, according to Bixler. Design Outreach continues to improve the design of the LIFEPUMP, educate people from the village on the role of sanitation and hygiene in community living, and extend their network of partners to save more lives with freshwater production.

“Our industry partners include subject matter experts as well as leading producers of key components to a larger solution. Some have specialized expertise, such as in progressive cavity pumps for instance,” Bixler said. “We are proud to be a part of the ACCORD Summit since its foundation in 2011. This Michigan event will help us to scale up so we can provide thousands more villages with clean water.”

For more information about Design Outreach and their LIFEPUMP system, visit their website, www.doutreach.org, or watch this video on YouTube.

Interested donors and partners may also connect with Design Outreach through their Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In accounts.

About Design Outreach

Design Outreach (DO) is a non-profit organization which 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 the global water crisis.

Design Outreach envisions developing countries empowered to face the challenges of poverty through properly engineering everyday products. To achieve this vision, DO collaborate with established field partners who are engaged 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.

Design Outreach can be reached through PO Box 763, Winona Lake, IN 46590 or by telephone 574-527-3448 and email: abe@doutreach.org.

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Design Outreach Joins WEFTEC Expo

 

Abe Wright

Design Outreach
www.doutreach.org

Telephone: (574) 527-3448

Email: abe@doutreach.org

Press Release

Design Outreach Joins World Water Innovation Exhibit in Chicago

Non-profit organization Design Outreach to present scalable and sustainable water production technology pioneered in the Central African Republic, along with the world’s top innovators on the freshwater sector.

Winona Lake, IN – October 7, 2013 – Indiana-based non-profit organization Design Outreach announced their participation in the World Water Innovation Exhibit to be run by Water Environment Federation starting today until tomorrow October 8, 2013. The exhibition, WEFTEC 2013, will take place at the Innovation Pavilion Theatre of the WEFTEC Exhibit Hall in Chicago, Illinois, and will feature the top innovators in the global freshwater production sector.

Design Outreach has been on the frontline of the global water crisis, having designed, manufactured and delivered  new deep well water pumps for developing countries. Their innovative system, LIFEPUMP™ water solution, will bring potable water to communities in countries such as the Central African Republic and Malawi. The LIFEPUMP™ is a hand powered water pump that can reach low water tables that up to 500 feet deep and were previously unaccessible with hand pump technology.

The next-generation LIFEPUMP™ model will be presented by Design Outreach in Booth #1277 at the WEFTEC 2013 Exhibition Hall, McCormick Place South, 2301 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois.

“We are glad to take part in WEFTEC 2013,” says Abe Wright, President and Co-Founder of Design Outreach. “We believe that our true value is not in helping just a few villages, but scaling up so that we can eventually provide thousands of villages with clean water. Finishing our pilot program is but the first step, gaining exposure through the exhibit is a crucial next step in accomplishing that goal.”

For more information about Design Outreach and their LIFEPUMP™ system, visit their website, www.doutreach.org, or watch this YouTube video.

Interested donors and partners may also connect with Design Outreach through their Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In accounts.

About Design Outreach

Design Outreach (DO) is a non-profit organization which 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 the global water crisis.

Design Outreach envisions developing countries empowered to face the challenges of poverty through properly engineering everyday products. To achieve this vision, DO collaborate with established field partners who are engaged 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.

Design Outreach can be reached through PO Box 763, Winona Lake, IN 46590 or by telephone 574-527-3448 and email: abe@doutreach.org.

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PR News: DO Joins the CMC Forum

 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 [Columbus, OH, 08/03/2013] – Design Outreach’s CEO & co-founder, Greg Bixler will be speaking at the (CMC) Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Wednesday Forum, tackling social entrepreneur-ism in an event titled: “Product, Profits & Purpose”. Social Entrepreneurship isn’t just a buzz word, it is a whole new way of thinking about solutions to social problems, job creation, training, economic & corporate responsibility.

Other featured speakers are Steve Fireman, President of Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) and Tony Wells, Founder of Tony R. Wells Foundation. This event is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation.

Event Date & Time: Wednesday August 7, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. @ ACC: CMC Regular Wednesday Forum. Registration is available to CMC members and non-members. To register for this event, contact P.Susan at 614-464-3220 ext 1 .  Online registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/DOutreachCMCevent

 

Design Outreach is a non-profit organization with a mission of creating innovative solutions to alleviate problems in developing countries. Design Outreach has locations in Columbus, OH and Winona Lake, IN. For more information, visit www.DOutreach.org

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