2016 Highlights

A clean and safe water supply is the basic necessity of life, and yet over half-a-billion people on our planet struggle to obtain even the minimum daily quantity of water for sustaining life. The UN Sustainable Development Goals include a target to ensure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty. Awareness of the global water crisis is a key to more being done, such as providing programs to schools related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

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In 2014, representatives of Go Beyond attended the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Dentistry’s second annual Faculty-NGO Mixer evening, which was also attended by staff of the Hong Kong school ISF Academy. Following this evening, ISF Academy and Go Beyond explored the idea of a live ram pump demonstration at the ISF Academy campus, and an ISF Academy representative joined the ram pump demonstration by Go Beyond at Breakthrough Village in December 2014.

Go Beyond provided a knowledge-exchange activity on ram pumps at ISF in 2015, and in August 2016, ran a live ram pump demonstration on campus. The pump used was a local materials pump with a polymer impulse valve. It was a unique and interesting experience for students to observe such a pump in operation, and especially so since most of the materials were standard off-the-shelf plumbing parts.

 

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Ram pump demonstration at ISF

 

Newly joined Go Beyond member, Nikhil Chand, is keen to run a similar activity In New Zealand, and to further this aim and showcase this old but extremely useful technology, in 2016 we delivered a local materials pump to Aston Norwood Gardens north of Wellington. As visitors to these gardens observe this kind of pump in operation, attention is drawn not only to the great need for innovative solutions to water scarcity, but also to the simplicity of the ram pump as a solution. In 2017, we hope to see more young volunteers working with Go Beyond to become part of that solution, wherever it is needed.

 

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Ram pump assembled by the Go Beyond water project team

 

In 2016, Go Beyond also presented information to the Kapiti Rotary Club on a rainwater harvesting project in Nepal managed by Go Beyond partner, James Luitel, from the Beam Life Organization in Nepal. The project, named ‘A Bucket of Water’, is located in the Everest region and aims to provide a complete solution to a community trapped in a vicious and entirely needless cycle of manually transporting water uphill.

 

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Daily water carrying at Nawalpur Village

 

This community in Nawalpur Village desperately needs rainwater harvesting tanks, and solar pumps could also be used to alleviate the huge amount of human labour employed daily in water carrying. Prospective sponsors and volunteers please contact us at info@gobeyondnow.net.

Our volunteers in Yunnan, China were able to transport more donated books and other materials to the school where a Go Beyond library has been established. The pioneer of the library, Xu Ke, worked for weeks as a volunteer to create a booklist of 5000 titles that would stimulate the interest of the school children visiting the library. Now, the life-stories of famous people, as well as books on nature and science, arts and crafts, and on a myriad of other topics are available in Chinese and in beautiful illustrated form for young readers to immerse themselves in. We heartily thank all who helped add more material to the library in 2016, and we are thrilled that the book or books you bought will be opened and read by eager young minds for years to come.

 

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Reading activity in the library set up by Go Beyond in Yunnan

 

We warmly thank our sponsors and supporters, who on their own initiative have donated funds or provided materials, time, expertise and free use of a workshop and other resources. It is heartening to envision what the future will hold as we continue to work together with you on these projects. Stay tuned for further updates and reports of our joint progress throughout 2017.