PlayPumps: Bringing Water to Children in Africa

$63,536 $76,464
Raised Remaining


We will bring clean drinking water to children in Africa via the PlayPump water system (a merry-go-round connected to a water pump), other safe water solutions and associated programmatic activities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In Africa, women and girls spend as much as three hours a day fetching water. Over 50 percent of Africans in rural areas don’t have access to clean water. This pattern is replicated in schools; it is often girls who are sent to fetch water, taking time away from their studies and playtime. Making clean water available closer to homes and schools significantly increases the time that mothers have available to care for their children, girls have for school, and also reduces water-borne illnesses.

How will this project solve this problem?

We are working with governments, foundations and companies to donate and install PlayPump systems throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which will bring clean water to millions of people people over the next several years.

Potential Long Term Impact

With a PlayPump system, communities will be able to reduce water-borne diseases; reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through public awareness messaging; enhance access to education, especially for girls; and provide access to play equipment.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Shudine Covel

Program Coordinator
Washington, DC United States

Where is this project located?

Map of PlayPumps: Bringing Water to Children in Africa