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Organizations like Water for Good told us that they need a hand pump that can reach the deepest wells, but that no solution is commercially available that meets all their requirements. Over the last few years, we have developed, tested, and optimized the LifePump hand pump. We successfully installed our first two permanent LifePump hand pumps in Malawi last year. These pumps are now providing water for over 675 people! And now we are looking forward to installing 100 more over the next two years as part of a large scale pilot program with World Vision. We are excited about the possibility of providing water to 35,000 to 40,000 people through this program

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There is nothing special about 100 pumps and 5 countries, other than this is a nice round number, and easy math! Actually the 100 pumps in 5 countries was requested by World Vision in order to help us gain feedback from many different places in the world with varying cultures and ways of thinking. We thought that this was wonderful and were very happy to comply, as we are committed to ensuring that our solutions apply across many cultures. All of these pumps also give us excellent data to help statistically determine the life expectancy of our LifePumps – so that our answer to “how long does it last” is data driven and not just theoretical. We have conducted a lot of engineering to reach this stage, and are also in the midst of laboratory life-testing in the United States, but nothing speaks as clearly as field testing results. Once this pilot project is completed we will feel comfortable providing the LifePumps to other partner organizations around the world.

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Not at this time. We are working with World Vision to determine the optimal locations for the LifePumps in the Hundred Pump Project.

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We will still graciously accept your philanthropic investment and combine it with other campaigns to complete a project. We encourage you to continue championing your village though throughout the campaign so that more people can be reached with safe and reliable water. Ask your teammates to help spread the word and get more circles of friends, family, colleagues, etc to pitch in. Together the challenge of raising these funds is lighter.

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We would be happy to talk, please email us at lifepump@doutreach.org and please include your phone number so we can be in touch.

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Absolutely!  Please just talk with them first and we will be happy to follow up with an email or telephone call as necessary.

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A willing heart to spread the word and champion your village. We encourage each fund raising champion to also donate to the village so that others will be more likely to give too. But your main goal is to help us spread the word and encourage others to partner with us in the good fight. Don’t be overwhelmed by the numbers. It takes a few people with a lot of money or many people with a little to get this done. There are many fun ways to fund raise.

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First, think about whether you would like to be a Fundraising Champion or help by donating to an existing campaign. Either way please spread the word and invite others any way you can to raise awareness and meet your goal. If you’re going to be a Fundraising Champion, you’ll want to decide what portion of a project you’d like to sponsor. $9,200 will provide a pump for one village, but don’t feel like you have to raise that entire amount! You can do 1/2 or 1/4, or any other $ amount! We’ll combine your funds with other Fundraising Champions to accomplish an entire project.

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In the Hundred Pump Project our partner, World Vision, will conduct the drilling and installation of the LifePump. Also World Vision will train the local community to take care of the pump and will provide an area mechanic to maintain the pump over time.

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Rather than describing World Vision ourselves, please see their website! www.worldvision.org

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Yes and no – yes for this Hundred Pump Project, but not after the Hundred Pump Project is completed. Once this pilot program is finished, we expect to work with many other organizations similar to World Vision who are working with the world’s poor and doing so with a long-term commitment.

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World Vision shows a long-term commitment to the people they serve around the world – unlike some organizations that put in a water pump and then lack the ability to follow up and ensure long-term sustainability. We are only interested in working with field partners such as World Vision who are committed to the long-term success of a village. As such World Vision expressed interest in the LifePump and we are happy to partner with them through the significant matching investment on their part.

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It varies, but typically one water source will serve 350-400 people. It’s not uncommon for the pumps to be used 10,12, or more hours per day – and the LifePump is engineered to meet this demand.

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Absolutely! Our partner World Vision will provide us with pictures from the actual villages and we will notify you and post these on your campaign page.

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We would love to. Please contact us and we will try to figure something out.

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We promise to be accountable for all funds that you may provide. We are also confident in our selection of World Vision as an implementing partner that is committed to honoring your funds.

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Villages are chosen based on need and permission by the various governments to allow this new handpump technology to be implemented during the pilot phase. Once the Hundred Pump Project is complete, we expect acceptance throughout the countries we are working in as well as within other countries.

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Our implementing partner World Vision completes water quality testing, and it is expected that the LifePump can reach naturally clean water. There are no filters to replace or chemicals to add, which add to the complexity of sustainable clean water in a village far from civilization.

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Lots of good things…we expect the Hundred Pump Project to be wrapped up in 2015 at which point our engineering team is satisfied that we produced a truly safe and reliable handpump solution. We are dedicated to creating a sustainable manufacturing operation that can then provide these LifePumps to organizations such as World Vision and Water for Good. Helping to spearhead the Hundred Pump Project allows Design Outreach to start solving many other problems facing people in developing countries.

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