CNN features Pump Aid (NGO)

Submitted by jcravens42 on December 17, 2008 - 5:36pm.

CNN currently has a small bit in rotation that profiles the work of Pump Aid, which has been working to establish sustainable supplies of clean water and safer sanitation in Malawi and Zimbawe and has pilot programmes in neighbouring Mozambique. According to the web site, "there is such a high demand elsewhere that we plan to expand into new African countries over the next five years." You can view the CNN story here.

According to the web site, Pump Aid builds water pumps, called Elephant Pumps, that can be maintained by poor rural communities without ongoing assistance. "Pumps are built in response to grassroots demand and in full consultation with the local community. The local community come together to assist in the building process, providing materials such as bricks, sand, stones and unskilled labour."

The recent addition to Pump Aid's work is the Elephant Toilet, each of which "use just one bag of cement in their construction along with cast-off materials such as ball point pens and plastic bottles. A naturally occurring local plant with antiseptic properties is grown outside each toilet and users pick a leaf to use as soap to wash their hands with after every visit."

Pump Aid is based in London. Perhaps an AWN board member based in London could go visit and see about getting Pump Aid field workers here on AWN? Or, perhaps there are Pump Aid folks on AWN already?

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