Pump Aid – Water Charity – Save lives with AquAid Water Coolers
In the year 2000 a small charity was established by the name of Pump Aid. Its founder Ian Thorpe, had been a teacher in a poor village school in Zimbabwe. He, like everyone else, had to walk a mile to collect drinking water in buckets from an unprotected source. Due to a shortage of firewood and the high cost of paraffin, most people did not boil their drinking water, so there was an outbreak of dysentery when a snake fell into the water source and decomposed.
Two children at the primary school and one elderly teacher at the secondary died as a result.
Ian learned that throughout Zimbabwe (and as he later learned, throughout much of Africa), this was a common occurrence.
He investigated what options there were for somehow sourcing the water from an underground and protected source. Over 2000 years ago the Chinese had developed a special Rope pump which used bamboo pipes, twine ropes and disks of leather to lift water. Going back to these first simple principles, the Pump Aid team developed a new design of rope pump and named it the Elephant Pump.
Every pump installed costs only £200 and can supply more than 200 school children with safe drinking water.
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AquAid have donated more than £2,860,514 to Pump Aid resulting in more than 1,500,000 children being supplied with water.