Reflections from our founders

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It seems like just yesterday that Greg and I were taking our first trip to Malawi to learn about communities in need of more reliable water technologies and dreaming about how Design Outreach might be able to help. That was over five years ago! It is incredible to look back and see all that has been accomplished through our team … Read More

Zolomondo & Chilekwa—almost 5 years later.

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CEO and Co-founder Greg Bixler is in Malawi this week with Africa Field Director Beatrice Chisenga, Emmy award winning filmmaker Mike Edwards from The 5 Stones Group, and cameraman Danny Woods. They are working on a new short film highlighting the amazing transformation LifePump has had on the communities of Zolomondo and Chilekwa. These were the first two LifePumps installed … Read More

2016: Greg’s Reflection

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While traveling the globe this year for Design Outreach, I heard several responses from recipients of the LifePump I didn’t expect to hear, “Now I get to go to church” and “I’m praying for you so that other villages can get one of these pumps too.” I can’t stop thinking about our brothers and sisters across the globe in very … Read More

The LifePump – the Story of a 40 year Journey | Part 2

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  From Poverty to PhD As a child growing up 150 kilometers outside the urban center of Malawi’s Mzimba District—a rural region characterized by illiteracy rates of about 62 percent—Beatrice Chisenga spent her evenings poring over her school books, lit by the soft glow of a heavily fumed kerosene lamp. Exhausted from fetching firewood, pounding maize, helping cook meals for … Read More

Introducing Our New Fundraising Coordinator

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We recently welcomed Amy Leffel to the Design Outreach team as a part-time Fundraising Coordinator. Amy comes with a vast array of experience and a deep passion for affecting the lives of the poor—both physically and spiritually. Our marketing partners at 212 Media Studios took a few minutes to get to know Amy, and thought you would love to meet … Read More

Water is Life

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A world without water is a world void of life. Mars is a perfect example. Humans need water to survive—and not just for the physical health benefits it offers. Water is crucial for the growth of plants, for bathing, cooking, cleaning, making mud to build bricks, and so much more. Last March, Amelia—a journalist for Pumps and Systems Magazine—joined us … Read More

A New Perspective

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Dina Tayim recently went on a trip to Africa with Design Outreach. She shared some of her reflections with us, and we thought you would enjoy hearing about it too! It’s crazy to think our trip was only a few weeks ago. What an incredible experience! It makes everything I’ve done for Design Outreach so real. Seeing the end-user experience … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Janet Bixler

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Recently, we introduced our new team member Jeff. Over the next few months, we want to take time to introduce our volunteers and partners who have made Design Outreach possible. Today, we would like you to meet Janet Bixler—proud mother of Greg Bixler. She has been a huge part of our fundraising success, and would like to share the impact … Read More