Team Updates: Naja Robinson Promoted to Principal Engineer

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Naja Robinson joined the Design Outreach team as a Project Engineer in May 2020 and quickly made an impact by guiding the summer internship program and the update of the LifePump field installation guide.  Over the past year, she has shown leadership as she has led projects like the LifePumpLink dashboard project in partnership with E2 Infosystems. In her new … Read More

Passionate Christ-Follower & Engineer Michelle Lockwood Joins Design Outreach Board of Directors

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“Christ sits at the center of our lives, and my main goal in life is to glorify Him. That may mean doing it through providing clean water, educating engineering students, or by providing guidance and encouragement to a nonprofit. Each of these actions can have meaning, purpose, and serve the greater goal of helping others in Jesus’ name, glorifying Him.” … Read More

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

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