Malawi & Zambia 2017

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Meet Thresa Shikabeta (left) and Maweta Nkomeshi (right). These ladies are beneficiaries of a water point in the Chongwe District of Zambia. They are from the village of Munyena, where they are currently using a standard hand pump. Installed at a depth of 73.5 meters (241 feet), which is beyond the specified depth for this technology, the pump is difficult … 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

Reflecting on Africa

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I’ve been back from Africa now for just over a week, and I love sharing about the trip over and over with friends and family, including our DO family. Last Saturday we had a large gathering of DO volunteers in Columbus, where I was able to share what God is doing in Africa through us. It was a very encouraging … Read More

LifePump Installations Planned for October

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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, … Read More

Hundred Pump Project Kicks Off at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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Understatement alert: Today was exciting, even thrilling. It represents the culmination (to date) of so many years of work, of talking about Design Outreach, of building/testing/refining the LifePump and of developing friendships and partnerships that are resulting in something great. Today, DO formally announced that it is going to fund, manufacture and install one hundred LifePumps in villages across five African … Read More

Hundred Pump Project Brings Water to Thousands

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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 … Read More

Chikwina Project

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In June 2013, a team of our volunteers landed in Malawi to meet with World Vision national staff, scout sites for the installation of our LifePump™ hand pump, and meet dear people in Kanyamula and Chikwina. While in Chikwina, we were introduced to another WASH project (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene): a water distribution system connecting a natural spring to a water … Read More

A Look Back

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Six days into 2014, let us here at Design Outreach wish you and yours a Happy New Year! We have been eager to start this year and launch our 100 Pump Campaign – our pilot program intent on seeing thirsty people around the world get clean water.  World change is possible!  And we get to be a part of it.  How … Read More

Two Roads in a Wood

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Robert Frost penned a poem in 1920 about a fork in the road and taking the path less traveled.  Sometimes we choose the path we journey in life for ourselves.  We deliberate and weigh the options before us, straining our sight to look down as far as we can, making the wisest choice.  But sometimes we don’t choose the path. … Read More

Walking in Their Shoes

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  At an event this month, I participated in a “water challenge”.  The task was simple: carry a 5 gallon jerry can, full of water, down the sidewalk and back.  With the help of a rolled up T-shirt to cushion my head, others to lift the can onto my head, and a missionary who lived in Africa for two decades … Read More