The Design Outreach Team Is Growing!

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This year has been a year of growth for the DO Team. We added two new full-time engineers—Malawi Field Engineering Director Hugo van der Walt and R&D Project Engineer Naja Robinson. We are so thankful for the friends and family who support these engineering missionaries making their work at DO possible.  Like co-founders Abe Wright and Greg Bixler, Hugo van der … Read More

DO to Ship 54 LifePumps to 5 Countries this Month

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What do a drum set, generator, and pump parts have in common? These items—among other critical supplies—are being packed into a shipping container bound for Malawi. The shipment will leave Columbus soon and arrive in Malawi this fall. The shipment will include 17 LifePumps and spare parts, printer, sound system, keyboard, drum set, two generators, and other needed supplies. While … Read More

Our Global Team is Growing:

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Q&A with DO’s New Malawi-based LifePump Technician. The Design Outreach (DO) global team is growing! Please join us in welcoming Dickson Wandawanda as DO’s new LifePump Technician based in Lilongwe, Malawi. Dickson will be responsible for leading LifePump installations and upgrades, providing training and support for village-level operations and maintenance, conducting hydrogeological mapping to determine the most ideal LifePump locations, … Read More

Introducing our new Stewardship Officer

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This month, Design Outreach welcomed Emily Krichbaum, Ph.D. to the team! We’ve loved getting to know her, and we’d love for you to get to know her as well. Q: What brought you to DO? A:  One of my favorite things about teaching history was communicating to various audiences and storytelling. At DO, I’m able to use this gift to … 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