Two innovators, Trevor Field and Paul Ristic, created PlayPumps International, which is a company that makes pumps that children can use to play with that ultimately help pump cleaner water to smaller villages in third world countries. "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 PlayPump system also provides one of the only ways to reach rural and peri-urban communities with potentially life saving public health messages." (Play Pumps International) "I chose C Kumar Ganguly (India) Ganguly showed people how to carry out protection and regeneration of degraded, drought ridden lands in South India. He rebuilt an agro-forest habitat on 32-acre piece of land where one of the worst drought affeted distric in India. He uses simple, natural water preservation technique to improve productivity of land and livelihoods. I think he is doing a great job, by improving productivity and lilielihoods he is also improving people's live in India." (Ashoka)"I chose to research Eugen Tóth. He is from
"Angelique Smit is the director of Ideas at Work. She is responsible for marketing the water rope pump to low income families in
. This great tool has helped to lighten the burden of household water collection for individuals. The tools to maintain this pump are now available locally at the markets in Cambodia so the individuals are able to repair them as needed. They can be adapted for use on wells, rivers or ponds. Ideas at Work is responsible for installing 400 pumps which has benefited 20,000 people! They are addressing the gap between the technological products that are out there and bringing these tools to individuals who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Angelique Smit is really an inspiration to all for the great work she has done to help these families have convenient access to safe water." (Social Edge) Cambodia
Here is a video that explains rainwater harvesting. Programs have been implemented here in the San Miguel de Allende area, but also in many areas of the U.S.