February 9, 2009
The Playpump is a playground merry-go-round that uses the boundless energy of children to pump water out of the ground.
More than 1000 such pumps have been installed in schools in South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia and apart from bringing joy to children, and providing easy access to clean drinking water for the local community, the simple installation of the playpump has catalyzed improvements in health, education, economic development and even gender equality.
The PlayPump system also provides one of the only ways to reach rural and peri-urban communities with potentially life saving public health messages.
What if the kids over played?
Extract from Gizmag