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We all know kids have boundless amounts of energy and a need to play – so why not channel some of that energy into much needed rural infrastructure? That was the brilliant idea behind the PlayPump: a humanitarian design project that consists of a water pump hooked up to a small village merry-go-round. Access to clean drinking water is a huge concern in developing regions of the world, and now the PlayPump system is bringing clean water into the hardest hit regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, where it has been installed in rural villages and primary schools, so that kids can have fun while pumping all the clean, potable water that their families need.


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  1. paisha October 20, 2012 at 2:32 am

    If the Merry-Go-Round water pump is so “cool”, why have both the South African “PlayPumps” and the USA version of the same group, gone out of business ? Why has WaterAid globally refused to use the technology and used WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) to inform all Rotary Groups about this decision ? UNICEF – another serious global player – has published a report which raises serious questions about the technology. If something seems too good to be true – it probably is.

  2. scrive9 November 22, 2010 at 10:38 am


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