Thursday, May 10, 2007

Making Work Fun

Providing clean water has become a major focus of the UN development agencies work in recent years. A shortage of clean and accessible water impacts many other aspects of development - from spreading diseases that take the lives of millions of children and rob the poorest of their strength and work day, to causing crops to whither and exacerbating hunger in rural communities, to forcing children in many places to spend much of their day hiking miles to the nearest well rather than learning to read.

The play pump is

A life-changing and life-saving invention that can provide easy access to clean drinking water, bring joy to children, and lead to improvements in health, education, gender equality, and economic development. The PlayPump systems are innovative, sustainable, patented water pumps powered by children at play. Installed near schools, the PlayPump system doubles as a water pump and a merry-go-round for children.

The company that developed it has also put in place an innovative public-private business model that teams the goal of making a profit with making a difference in the lives of people.

In the UK, people have been working with UNICEF to raise funds to support the installation of these in communities in Africa. Check out this video to see the difference they are making