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 countries – that means clean, safe, reliable water for nearly 40,000 people.
When I say ‘formally,’ I mean that we held an event for a couple hundred friends at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium’s new Heart of Africa exhibit. DO has been talking about this project informally for months – talking about this as our biggest initiative to date with the greatest impact whose results will be seen immediately but also last for years to come.
With the 50-acre savannah as a backdrop and as giraffe, ostrich, zebra, wildebeest and many more animals roamed, Greg, Abe, Kondo, Greg (Allgood) and Dean each spoke from the heart, and from a different perspective about the value of water to a village. Get a flavor of their remarks and what the Hundred Pump Project means to us from this short video: http://hundredpump.doutreach.org.
There are so many people and organizations, without whom the Hundred Pump Project simply would not be possible. Chief among them is World Vision, which is bringing water to a child every 30 seconds somewhere in the world. WV is a vital partner because it possesses the relationships, skills and know-how to (literally) pave the way for the DO technical team to install the LifePump.
It’s also important to recognize the commitment of Plante Moran and Bailey Cavalieri, two professional services firms based in central Ohio who believe they can make an impact on the world at large. In fact, there are too many people, businesses, churches, schools and more to thank than there is space on the Internet.
The real thanks comes from connecting with the people a world away, knowing that you made a difference in both small and large ways. Knowing that some kid is going to school today instead of spending her time fetching water. Knowing that a mom is dreaming about the vegetables she wants to grow. Knowing that these things are possible because – to paraphrase Margaret Meade,
A small (but growing) group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world…
Told ya…it has been an exciting day. Heck, every day is an exciting day when you are making a real impact on the lives of so many.
Check out our photos from the event: