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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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Jim Tracy

I think those play pumps are a great idea! It's awesome in two ways, because the African children can play on the merry go round, and by doing so it will pump water out of the ground. That is ingenious! I think we need more stuff like this in the world! http://www.economywelldrillingin.com/products.html

Maria Scott

Amy's documentary very clearly demonstrates that technology sited in the wrong location is guaranteed to fail. The PlayPump is an amazing piece of children's play equipment and for this reason One Water (one of the biggest funders of PlayPumps in Africa) only fund the installation of them in schools, after a thorough geological assessment has been made to ensure both water quality (the bore hole isn't contaminated). and quantity (ie the pump will consistently provide water), and consultation with the school and community. The Malawian government has recently requested that hand pumps in schools in Malawi be replaced with PlayPumps. At the last audit 96% of those installed were operational which compares well to the 66% average often quoted for hand pumps. Amy's conclusions in her well produced documentary are spot on: PlayPumps sited in the wrong location couldn't ever be the right solution, and we know that PlayPumps sited in the right location are a brilliant solution.

Amy Costello

Michael, thanks for this post about my story. It certainly was disappointing to see how things panned out for a technology that initially appeared (to me) to be so promising. It's also concerning to read what your colleague observed on the ground: every PlayPump broken. It was tough, if not impossible, for me to verify how many PlayPumps across Africa were broken down without independent site visits to each one. Best, Amy

Tim

"It was so easy to mislead people because of the charming look of kids spinning and playing." Any proposal that relies on such imagery for its pitch is almost undoubtedly a scam. Often a well-meaning scam, but a scam nevertheless. This is a subcategory of the larger realm of scams that rely on appeals to your emotions.

"4. Think things through..." If only!

Edwin

Very interesting review of the current situation with PlayPumps.

Cheers
Edwin

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