At CMS Windows Systems we are proud to support Aquaid in its aim to bring much needed fresh water to some of the poorest people in Africa.
A well and elephant pump have been installed in Zimbabwe in Manicaland – a province in the north eastern highlands of Zimbabwe, thanks to our support.
An Elephant Pump can easily provide safe drinking water for upwards of 300 people and there are numerous ways in which having a water pump will assist a community:
- It provides safe, clean drinking water to a community that before would not have access to drinking water, but would most likely need to walk for miles to retrieve water in buckets or containers.
- Having a pump eliminates many diseases e.g. dysentery – the concept of the Elephant Pump arose from the now CE of The Africa Trust, Ian Thorpe, having witnessed people falling ill after drinking water from a contaminated water source. This prompted Ian to produce a viable and practical water source – he then went on to invent the Elephant Pump.
- As the focus of the well building is for sustainability, it is likely that having access to water close by will mean that the children (as well as others) in the community will be able to eat better, drink more water and from this be able to better concentrate in class at school, which means a better education and a better future for them.
- Depending upon the set-up in the community where the pump is, it is possible that a banana plantation could be established, and using water from the pump, the bananas could then be sold, more banana plants could be planted, and the monies from the sales could contribute towards the children’s’ school fees.
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