​​​​The Lord's Pump Project

Grandma

  the reason we invented the pump

road to grandma's

typical of the roads we have to take to visit the grandmas

  ( note car hood in relation to road size)

​OUR BEGI​NNINGS


IT ALL STARTED IN AUGUST 2008, WHEN WE WENT TO VISIT THE PEOPLE OF KICUNA VILLAGE, WHICH IS NEAR FORT PORTAL IN UGANDA.  AT THE REQUEST OF CHR​IST AID, A CHARITY FOUNDED IN DENVER, WE WERE ASKED TO TAKE SOME GIFTS OF CHICKENS AND GOATS OVER FOR THE AHADI KIDS AND MOTHERS, AND TO INSTALL A RAM PUMP T​O BRING WATER UP TO THE VILLAGE FROM A NEARBY RIVER.  THE RIVER WAS OVER A MILE FROM THE VILLAGE, AND AS MUCH AS 5 MILES FROM SOME OF tHE gRANDMA'S.HOMES.  THEY WERE CURRENTLY CARRYING LARGE CONTAINERS DOWN A STEEP 100 FOOT HILL TO THE RIVER, AND THEN BACK UP AGAIN FILLED WITH WATER. 

 

WE INSTALLED THE RAM PUMP, BUT THEN WE REALIZED WE HAD OTHER ISSUES.  BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE TO THE RIVER, WE HAD TO BUILD A STORAGE RESERVOIR ABOUT 40 FEET UP THE HILL, AND THEN USE A GENERATOR TO PUMP THAT WATER INTO LARGE STORAGE TANKS AT THE TOP OF THE HILL.  AFTER A SHORT WHILE, THOUGH, THEY REALIZED THEY COULDN'T AFFORD THE GASOLINE FOR THE GENERATOR, SO THE ONLY PEOPLE BENEFITTING WERE THE FARMERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL. THE PEOPLE IN THE VILLAGE WERE ABLE TO HOOK UP TO THE FORT PORTAL WATER SUPPLY, BUT THAT WAS FOR MINIMAL DRINKING WATER ONLY.


IT WAS AT THAT POINT THAT THE lORD PROMPTED US TO DEVELOP A WATER PUMP THAT COULD BE MADE FROM INEXPENSIVE MATERIALS LIKE PLASTIC, AND WOULD RUN ON MINIMAL ELECTRIC POWER (AKA LORD'S WATER PUMP PROJECT).


the project has evolved into the development of 3 different technologies.  This has resulted in 3 different lines of hardware (ie., the water pump, the gas generator,  and the structured water units), which can be purchased separately, and or as one unit.