2015 Highlights

This year, 2015, has been a year of progress in both our water and library projects.

It’s also been a journey of including others in our developing ram pump project, and through this approach, much has been accomplished. Our vision is to build a community where resources are shared and available to support projects wherever needed.

In December 2014, we conducted a knowledge-sharing activity with Engineers Without Borders, Hong Kong (EWB-HK), passing on to them the basics of ram pump operation and construction. Then in February 2015, using a design from a UNICEF manual, EWB-HK and Go Beyond set up a test location in Fanling, Hong Kong. Testing conducted over the following few months was very useful, and it helped us identify how we needed to modify our ram pump impulse valve.

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Activity with EWB at Breakthrough Village, Shatin

Go Beyond & EWB volunteers setting up a ram pump

 

Also in December 2014, Graham Leach from the School of Design at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, organized our debut event at Good Lab in Hong Kong, making all the arrangements including poster design. In 2015, he went on to write a case study on our situation in China, one which advocated a business model shift from purely charitable activities towards becoming a Social Enterprise.

We also want to thank Adam Pearse in New Zealand, who for the past two years has offered advice and critiquing of various aspects of ram pump design that has helped us make much progress. Adam’s own experience and expertise in working with ram pumps is a story in itself, and through his efforts in Vanuatu, many communities there now have water pumped to storage tanks near their homes.

We also acknowledge the superb efforts of our Kunming volunteers. Ellie brought another lot of materials to the library we sponsor, and personally delivered them to the kindergarten it is based in, where the teachers arranged a special activity session. Below are photos from this visit showing the children who benefit from this project.

Children's activity

 

Children's activity

 

Children's activity

 

Children's activity
Children's activity

 

We also appreciate all those who have sent us feedback and comments during 2015. Here is a particularly encouraging comment we received:

"When you see the pictures of these young students, looking so enthusiastic, you feel optimistic about the future of the world after all. Congratulations for a great achievement in mobilizing these young energies and putting all this together."

We look forward to keeping in touch during 2016!