We are delighted to announce that our Elephant Pump has now been built and is providing clean, safe water to many families who so desperately need it.
Our pump is located in Manicaland – a province in the north eastern highlands of Zimbabwe.
Having the pump on site reduces the need for households having to walk an average of 7 miles per day to retrieve water, often from contaminated sources. Finding and retrieving water usually falls to the children or women in a community.
By partnering with AquaAid in this initiative, we have helped build a safe water resource capable of producing up to 10,000 litres of potable water per day, to upwards of 300 people within the community, who are now able to collect clean drinking water and water for productive use every day.
Elephant Pumps are built by an experienced Africa Trust team leader, with the assistance of the local community, using more readily available materials which are easier to source locally. This allows for the community to more easily repair the pump should they need to, which in turn extends the life of the pump exponentially. Of the 8,000 pumps installed, 95% are still in operation today – a figure 40% above the average for the continent.
Paul Ponsonby Limited are delighted to have been able to donate an Elephant Pump via AquaAid/The Africa Trust, and hope that we can do more to help this worthy cause soon.
If you would like to get involved, please contact AquaAid for more information.