More than a billion
people are living without access to clean drinking water making
this one of the biggest environmental problems facing mankind today.
Founded by three teachers in Zimbabwe, Pump Aid developed the Elephant
Pump from a 2000 year old Chinese technique for lifting water.
The Elephant Pump is already being used to provide over quarter
of a million people in Africa with clean water for drinking and
enough water to irrigate their crops during the long dry seasons
and when rains fail.
Requests for seeding of Pump Aid’s Elephant Pump programme
in 21 African countries have already been received. One of the
main reasons why the pump has been so successful is that the materials
needed to repair and maintain a pump can be found or made at almost
any African homestead. In annual surveys more than 95% of all Elephant
Pumps have been found to be functioning compared to an average
of just 50% for the widely used piston pumps.
Furthermore, the Elephant Pump is around ten times cheaper than
a piston pump and produces a higher yield from the same depth.
It is suitable and safe for children and the elderly to use and
when combined with a self cleaning deep well system it yields water
of extremely high quality. The beneficiaries are involved in construction
of the pump and contribute sand and bricks, which they make themselves,
resulting in a greater sense of ownership. The pump is powered
by hand or a double crank ‘bicycle’ system and can
also be adapted to use wind or solar power.
Pump Aid has provided Africa with a pump that will eventually
help millions to escape the stranglehold of poverty and disease
through securing access to that most basic human need: clean water.
The website for Pump Aid is www.pumpaid.org and the contact email