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July 2009 Print E-mail

While the past year has been filled with great achievements, it has also presented enormous challenges. After a yearlong dispute, we have successfully recovered 5.8 million Rand from a former pump and installation vendor, Roundabout Outdoor, and its subsidiary, Outdoor Fabrication and Steelworks. We are proud of the efforts of our staff and a dedicated team of legal and accounting experts and are relieved that we can now put this difficult chapter behind us.

With every great challenge comes a new opportunity, and we have spent the past year re-evaluating our mission and the water solutions we offer to schools and communities. Since our inception in 2004, we have donated hundreds of PlayPump® water systems but felt we had only scratched the surface of the water crisis in Africa with this one solution. As a result, we now have developed a range of water technologies, including hybrid merry-go-round pumps, solar pumps, and water purifiers allowing us to extend our reach and offer schools and communities greater choice.

In keeping with our new, broader mission, we have launched Water For All. I invite you to learn more about our work from the inaugural issue of our biannual newsletter, below. You will learn about our new hybrid Fun Pump, meet a member of our staff, and enjoy stories from people in the U.S. and England who have been inspired to help us in our work. We welcome your feedback and questions, and hope you will visit our new website,, to learn more.

Sincerely, Jill Rademacher President Water For All

"Virgin Fuji Climbers" Celebrate Water For All Pumps in Kenya

virginIn 2008, Captain Chris Hall inspired and led 60 Virgin Atlantic Airlines co-workers to scale Mt. Fuji as a fundraiser for Water For All. On World Water Day 2009, many of the "Virgin Fuji Climbers" gathered again, this time in Kenya, to celebrate the installation of a Sun Pump and a Fun Pump (see story below), both made possible by their fundraising efforts. Chris said, "The Virgin Fuji Climbers agreed that hiking to the peak of the mountain would be a noble goal, especially if we did it for someone else. Water For All was an excellent partner and donating the pumps made our achievement all the more meaningful and lasting."

Read Chris' story about the journey from England to Japan to Kenya.

Leading Solar Pump Manufacturer and WFA Unveil Hybrid Merry-Go-Round Water Pump

Mono NOV Group, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of pumping systems, and Water For All have partnered to provide green solutions to the world water crisis. In a rare collaboration between an international company and an African NGO, Mono and Water For All worked together for more than a year to develop the new "Fun Pump". The Fun Pump is a unique water system made up of an electric pump powered by a solar panel and a special merry-go-round. The electricity generated from both the power of the sun and children at play provides a significant increase in water production over manually operated pumps.

monoThe first Fun Pump was installed between the Health Center and the Primary School in Kyeleni, about 100 kilometres outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Nurse James Nzivo says, "We used to see many cases of water borne diseases here at the clinic such as typhoid, ring worm and diarrhea. With clean water we are certain those problems will be greatly reduced."

In addition to the Fun Pump, Mono and Water For All have also worked together to develop the Sun Pump, a 480 watt solar pump that is capable of producing between 8,000-30,000 litres of water a day based on the specifications of the borehole.

Read the press release »

Meet the Team : Lindiwe Sibiya

Water For All has provided access to clean water to hundreds of schools and communities throughout Africa since 2004, but none of this would have been possible without the wonderful people who work for WFA. Water For All is pleased to present "Meet the Team", a series of interviews with our staff. The first interview is with Lindiwe Sibiya, a programme assistant in Water For All's Johannesburg office. Lindiwe Sibiya answers questions about her life and her work at Water For All. Best part of her job? "...looking at the difference we are making."

Read the full interview »


Malawi Schools Benefit From Partnership

Water Wells for Africa and WFA have joined forces to provide new access to clean drinking water for 25 primary schools in southern Malawi, Africa. The U.S.-based Water Wells for Africa will drill or rehabilitate boreholes, and Water For All will donate and install merry-go-round style water pumps.


Water For All and Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led organisation specialising in African development aid, have announced a $1.6 million initiative that will bring in Zambia, Uganda and Malawi.

Water For All is currently working in nine countries. In light of the very challenging cholera outbreak in Kenya, we ask for your $10 donation today, which can help deliver a water purifier immediately to affected areas of Kenya. Thank you!

Water For All Joins Government in Honouring Youth

The South Africa Department of Water and Environmental Affairs awards 9 schools with Water For All pumps at the Aqua Enviro Youth Summit in Johannesburg. Check the soon for more details on the winning schools!

Portland Roasting Coffee Company sponsored a World Water Day walk and concerts to benefit Water For All. The Oregon company is excited to bring Fun Pumps to coffee-growing areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Water is now flowing at the thanks to a number of supporters and the power of the sun. Through the generosity of Coca-Cola South Africa and ABI, the centre was equipped with a large solar powered pumping system that provides water for both the facility and the surrounding community. The borehole, which produces more than 15,000 litres a day, was made possible by  Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire.

Water For All • 15 Durham Street, Sydenham, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2192 • 27 11 021 4885