Pasadena City College Lancer Pantry Helps Students in Need

By on June 12, 2021

first_imgHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. Is He Really?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Hunger can be an invisible issue in many communities. A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin suggests that one third of community college students go hungry and 14 percent are homeless. These disconcerting numbers spurred Pasadena City College to act.In October 2015, The Pasadena City College Lancer Pantry Advisory Committee was formed to address food insecurity among PCC students, increase awareness of hunger and poverty and offer resources to students in need. One of these resources is the Lancer Pantry, a food pantry on campus which is completely stocked by donations.“You can’t think if you’re hungry,” said Cross, a General Engineering Major and military veteran, who visits Lancer Pantry. “There are a lot of students in need on this campus.”The Pantry allows students in need to visit twice per week and pick up eight grocery items. They currently stock non-perishable items and toiletries but will soon receive a commercial refrigerator made possible by funds from the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association).“It’s a heartwarming job, you really feel like you’re making a difference,” said Lisa Nelson, College Assistant at the Lancer Pantry.Nelson explains that the pantry helps students stay in school so that they can graduate, get jobs and break the cycle of chronic homelessness and food insecurity. The Pantry has a no-questions-asked policy which allows students to get the help they need without any hassle or judgment. Since it opened in December 2016, she estimates that nearly 60 students visit each day but feels that there are still more students who could benefit.“It’s a tremendous relief to know that since I’m in genuine need, there’s something that’s available to me,” said Cross.The Pantry tries to be sensitive to students’ need and privacy and makes a visit to the Pantry feel like a trip to the grocery store. Students use shopping baskets to select their items and leave with a reusable bag, which were donated by Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union (PSFCU). PSFCU also has the only ATM on campus.“We saw it as an opportunity to help and to solidify our strong relationship with the PCC community – it’s a big part of our credit union’s mission,” said Andy Tien, VP Marketing at PSFCU.The Lancer Pantry is stocked by donations from the community, alumni and staff. Nelson adds that food is always welcome to help meet the needs of their students. She requests non-perishable proteins like, canned tuna and spam, or staple items like, one pound bags of rice and pasta. Ready-to-eat items are also always in demand and because they require little to no preparation and can be eaten between classes.If you would like to donate food items, please contact the Lancer Pantry staff at (626) 585-7264 or email [email protected] can visit PSFCU at 670 North Rosemead Boulevard, call (877) 297-4707 or visit their website http://www.mypsfcu.org/about/who.php. You can also stay in touch with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mypsfcu and Twitter: @PasadenaServFCU Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Business Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Giving Back Pasadena City College Lancer Pantry Helps Students in Need From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 24, 2017 | 12:32 pmlast_img read more

Continue Reading


Epic 3,700-mile nature trail will one day allow you to hike coast-to-coast

By on May 18, 2021

first_imgGene Townsend & Scott Stark via Rails-to-Trails Conservatory(WASHINGTON) — Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice. An ambitious, historic new plan will one day allow you to run, bike or even rollerblade coast-to-coast.Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) unveiled its 3,700-mile off-road trail this week. When fully completed, the “Great American Rail Trail” will become the nation’s first cross-country multi-use trail.The trail will travel from Washington D.C. through 12 states: Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.RTC settled on the entirely bikeable and walkable route after a 12-month analysis of more than 34,000 miles of existing multi-use trails.More than half of the trail — 1,900 miles — is already complete, with much of it consisting of old railroad track.RTC president Ryan Chao told ABC News that “the route consists of 125 truly beautiful existing trails. Some of the most iconic rail trails in our country.”New segments are expected to be finished every year and, when complete, the trail will serve an estimated 50 million Americans.“We believe that trails connect people with the outdoors, each other and our communities in very powerful ways,” Chao said.RTC wants 90 percent of the trail to be located away from roads — and therefore cars — with the eventual goal of 100 percent.Right now, RTC says it may take decades to fully complete the trail, but that could change.The beginning of the route is the only fully complete section. The nearly 208-mile stretch starts on the steps of the United States capitol in Washington D.C. and heads through Maryland.For a map of the rest of trail, and more information click on the above video.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Continue Reading


In my world – the craft baker

By on April 21, 2021

first_imgTom Herbert is a fifth-generation baker and director of Hobbs House Bakery, a multi-award-winning craft bakery, based in GloucestershireI’ve been thinking about how to get even more customers. I’m not a fan of advertising in the conventional way how many Chelsea buns would I have to sell to cover the cost? So, feeding the word-of-mouth, promotion notion, I need to cultivate an atmosphere and bakery offering conducive to encouraging great word-of-mouth.And what has got me stoked is thinking about my customers in a fresh way, and goading them into one of four categories. The first horde is ’strangers’ people who are in the shop for the first time and don’t know anything about us. Then there are ’acquaintances’ people we recognise, who know what they want and expect from us. ’Friends’ are a group of regulars we know well and ’fans’ are the special people who love what we do and are responsible for a heck of a lot of great word-of-mouth.And we’ve divvied them all up to see what we’re dealing with. This was very simple, only took a week and was totally worth it, because it not only highlighted just how many strangers we’ve been serving but, crucially, it is the first small step towards a more intentional interaction with customers.I’ve been aware of the difference in serving styles in my shops and, because I have allowed it, they vary wildly. Some people serve incredibly well and, of course, it’s possible to sell badly. But often, serving means standing in a display of products and notices, waiting to respond to the customer in a reactive way. This is fine with regulars, but can seem stand-offish to strangers and, worse, makes our wide range of products seem daunting. So we have a plan to help us recognise strangers and, using initiatives, incentives and impassioned training, we aim to entice more people to be our fans. First, we are looking at what we are saying and conveying on the outside, working our way towards the intentions of every interaction with a customer.This fresh approach has given me a clarity to prioritise activities and, so far, has resulted in funky new loyalty cards, a shiny paint job on the shop fronts, the aforementioned impassioned product training and using fresh baked smells to sell. It has lent a rejuvenated vigour to sampling surely the easiest, sure-fire way to shine a light on a product and sell it.To this end, we have also trialled a host of new sampling platforms, with a pink bird-table grabbing the most attention from passers-by, open to a quick peck of some tasty baked morsel. Simply asking “Madam/Sir, can I tempt you to a soldier?” works a treat if asked with a twinkle in the eye.We’ll beaver the autumn away, and if the shocking pink bird-table works well to engage strangers, then by Christmas, my wish to Father Christmas is that they’ll be fans.last_img read more

Continue Reading


B’way Grosses: The Book of Mormon Stands Strong in Summer Months

By on January 18, 2021

first_imgThe Book of Mormon has no intention of turning it off on the Great White Way any time soon. The perennial box office favorite secured the top spot in terms of capacity—a position usually reserved for Fun Home in recent months. In their final week on the Main Stem, Penn and Teller, along with Broadway’s latest whopper Hamilton and usual suspects The Lion King, Wicked and Aladdin led the pack as the top five grossing shows. On the other end of the spectrum, last year’s Best Musical winner, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, only brought in $517,799, making it the fifth lowest grossing show of the week. Another Tony-winning tuner showing signs of decline is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but it is possible that numbers will rise as the latest star to don the wig, Taye Diggs, settles into the role and that a low running cost will keep the show afloat.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending August 16:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,165,067)2. Wicked ($1,913,037)3. Aladdin ($1,778,618)4. Hamilton ($1,459,314)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,448,473)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder ($517,799)4. On the Town ($435,180)3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($400,061)*2. Amazing Grace ($298,798)1. Hand to God (273,184) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.89%)2. Hamilton (101.31%)3. Fun Home (101.25%)4. Mamma Mia! (100.43%)5. Aladdin (100.04%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Penn and Teller (71.90%)4. Jersey Boys (66.41%)3. Hand to God (63.49%)2. Amazing Grace (56.13%)1. On the Town (54.21%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League from $69.00 The Book of Mormon View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Continue Reading


Why GAC Motors is Supporting Lagos City Marathon, By Chan

By on September 9, 2020

first_img“So many people will run and we are happy to be part of the programme involving so many Nigerians because we are in this country to be known with our quality products.“In the past four years, I have been in this country and investment is rather tough but we are happy to be making impact with the people.“We love sports and that is why we are proud of our Sport Utility Vehicles in which the very latest, GS 8 will be launched on Friday (today) in Lagos,” stressed ChanThe GAC Motors boss charged all the participants in the Lagos City marathon to aspire to do well in the international race.She noted that marathon was good for healthy living of individuals generally and it further informed the decision of the outfit to embrace the project.“Health is wealth and so we encourage people to run for healthy living. There are two or three competitions and we are supporting with our products for the 10km race.“We are going to continue our support for the marathon to make it better just as we also strive to make more quality products for Nigerians,” Chan stressed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Chairman of GAC Motors, Diana Chan, has explained why the automobile organisation is supporting the Lagos City Marathon scheduled to take place saturday.Speaking yesterday at the corporate office of GAC Motors in Lagos, Chan said it was important to get involved with projects that would serve the generality of the people.She stressed that GAC Motors was interested in the race because marathon had a mass appeal because of the huge number of participants, especially in a mega city like Lagos.last_img read more

Continue Reading


Darvish has no-hitter through 6 innings for Cubs vs Brewers

By on September 8, 2020

first_img Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Chicago, which entered with a major league-best 12-3 record, leads 2-0 on Thursday night.Darvish has struck out nine, allowed three baserunners and thrown 92 pitches in his third straight dominant start. The 33-year-old right-hander from Japan walked Ben Gamel in the second and Orlando Arcia in the fifth, and hit Christian Yelich with a low pitch in the first.Yelich smacked a hard liner, but straight to right fielder Steven Souza, Jr., to start the fourth.Darvish signed a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs as a free agent in February 2018, but has been hampered by elbow and triceps injuries since coming to Chicago.Darvish has twice come within one out of a no-hitter, both times with the Texas Rangers.Image credits: AP Written By FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News First Published: 14th August, 2020 07:04 IST COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 07:04 IST Darvish Has No-hitter Through 6 Innings For Cubs Vs Brewers Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Chicago, which entered with a major league-best 12-3 record, leads 2-0 on Thursday night WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Continue Reading


Adrian Gonzalez lifts Dodgers by Rockies into sole possession of first place

By on August 26, 2020

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error At some point, Adrian Gonzalez will cool down from his current .523 batting clip.Until then, the Dodgers are going to enjoy the ride and relish every part of their first baseman’s historical hitting performance.Gonzalez drove in three more runs Saturday night to back another quality pitching performance from Zack Greinke in the Dodgers’ 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies that extended their winning streak to six games and moved them into sole possession of first place in the National League West.Gonzalez went 1 for 4, dropping his early-season batting average from .540 to a mere .523. Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 13 games and holds the Major League lead for RBIs with 14. He also matched the franchise record for most hits through the team’s first 11 games of 23 set by Eric Karros in 1995.“We pretty much expect him to drive in a run if he has guys on base,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Last year was the same. This year he picked up right where he left off. It seems like every time we have a guy out there, he’s getting a hit for us.“Him and Howie (Kendrick) both are a real dynamic duo, producing and getting hits in situations we need.”The announced Dodger Stadium crowd of 45,912 came alive when Gonzalez came to the plate twice with the bases loaded.Both plate appearances resulted in runs.center_img It seems like the Dodgers’ expectation level was right in line with the fans.“When there’s guys on base, yes,” Greinke said. “For some reason, he does even better when he has guys on base.“He’s pretty amazing. He went through a little slump last year, and that was the first time I had seen him in a slump. And teams are starting to pitch around him and he’s still doing all this.”The first time – in the third inning – was somewhat of a letdown as Gonzalez hit a grounder to second base that should have been an inning-ending double play. But Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki bounced the throw to first, allowing Greinke — who had laced a one-out single — to score the go-ahead run. Gonzalez was credited with an RBI on the play.The second time — in the fifth inning — was vintage Gonzalez. This time, he lofted a drive to the left-center field wall that elluded center fielder Charlie Blackmon, bringing home Joc Pederson and Jimmy Rollins for a 4-1 lead.So what goes through Gonzalez’s mind in those scoring opportunities?“I really just look for a pitch up in the zone,” Gonzalez said. “Usually in those situations, like you saw with the groundball, they want you to chase something down and hit it into the ground. I did a poor job swinging at the right pitches there.“The next at-bat, I focused on getting him up a little more, and that’s when I hit the ball in the gap. You have to make sure the pitches are up, that you are hitting mistakes and not the quality pitches they try to execute.”However Gonzalez’s gapper was just your run-of-the-mill 375-foot single off the left-field wall because Yasiel Puig did not get a good read on the play and the slow-footed Gonzalez nearly passed him.“I could have if I wanted to,” Gonzalez said, laughing. “We talked to him about it. He understood. At first he thought he was farther over, but we showed him the video.”It was seemingly more than enough for Greinke, who had been slowed by a flu bug this week after two lights-out performances to start the season.Greinke allowed three runs and five hits over 6 ⅔ innings with three strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.Greinke ran into trouble in the first and seventh innings. Otherwise, he was typical Greinke, mowing through a dangerous Colorado lineup.Greinke seemed to have trouble getting established in the first inning. His location was off and his balls were being blistered and the Rockies got a run when Tulowitzki singled home Charlie Blackmon.But an inning-ending double play by third baseman Juan Uribe seemed to settle down Greinke.Greinke had strings of seven straight retired batters and nine straight retired batters, retiring 17 of 19 at one point.However Nolan Arenado ripped a double to left field to open the inning. After seemingly convincing Mattingly to let him finish the inning, a two-run homer by D.J. LeMahieu ended Greinke’s night.“Kind of typical Zack: locating and changing speeds,” Mattingly said. Both times Greinke ran into trouble, the Dodgers picked him up with some timely runs.The Dodgers pushed across a tying run in the second inning when Howie Kendrick doubled and scored on Yasmani Grandal’s RBI single.Seventh-inning doubles by Jimmy Rollins, Puig and Kendrick scored two more runs to answer LeMahieu’s two-run homer.Kendrick went 2 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. He has hit safely in nine of 11 games and has six multi-hit games.Chris Hatcher got the final out in the seventh. J.P. Howell pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, even sliding into first base to make sure he got to the bag when he went to cover on a grounder to Gonzalez.Joel Peralta nailed down his third save in three chances. Peralta has four strikeouts in 5.3 scoreless innings as a Dodger.The bullpen – a much ballyhooed subject in the offseason – is establishing itself as a fixture. In its last five games, recording an ERA of 0.52 (one earned run in 17 1/3 innings) with 25 strikeouts and a .105 opponents’ batting average (6 for 57).last_img read more

Continue Reading


Henry, Vieira reunion ends in stalemate on Cote d’Azur

By on August 13, 2020

first_img“A point is not enough, but we could also have been talking about a defeat here,” he said.Vieira’s Nice, meanwhile, have lost just once in 10 league matches but might regret dropping two points in their quest to qualify for Europe.“Thierry can be pleased, but that said the draw was the right result,” admitted Vieira, who took over last year after leaving New York City FC.– Fabregas absent –Henry, 41, has now won just twice in 11 league games since being appointed to his first coaching job in October, although performances have improved since the turn of the year.He will also wonder how this game might have ended had new signing Cesc Fabregas been available.The Spaniard — another former protege of Wenger’s at Arsenal — joined from Chelsea last week and made his debut at Marseille on Sunday.Unveiled to the media earlier on Wednesday, he was nevertheless ineligible for this match because it was originally supposed to be played in December before being postponed due to security concerns linked to the ‘yellow vest’ protest movement in France.Fabregas instead watched from the stands, and he saw Saint-Maximin, a former Monaco player, put Nice in front on the half-hour mark, running through to score after some sloppy play from the home side.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Paris, France | AFP | It was honours even between Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira as the old France and Arsenal teammates clashed for the first time as coaches on Wednesday in a controversy-laden 1-1 draw between Monaco and Nice.The presence of the two greats in the respective dugouts made an international event out of what is usually little more than a hotly contested local derby on the Cote d’Azur.It was a spicy encounter, with Allan Saint-Maximin putting Nice ahead before youngster Benoit Badiashile levelled for the hosts in the second half.Nice played half the game with 10 men but also saw Saint-Maximin miss a great chance to win all three points when he had a late penalty saved.Members of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning side and later colleagues for six years in Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team, Henry and Vieira embraced warmly before kick-off at the Stade Louis II.They did so again at full-time, both allowing themselves a smile even though the stalemate did not satisfy either man.“It was strange,” Henry said about taking on his old friend.“We played together for a long time and we came up the steps together,” from the dressing rooms. “We had a little chat but we were both focused on the match.”Henry’s side are scrapping to pull away from the relegation zone in Ligue 1, and they remain 19th in the table, three points adrift of outright safety. They have still not won at home this season.last_img read more

Continue Reading


Jose Canseco shares out-of-this-world conspiracy theories for your amusement

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgA fine Wednesday morning to you from former Oakland Athletics lightning rod Jose Canseco, who wishes to share a couple of thoughts.Our science is totally irrelevant to aliens— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 30, 2019 This is going to rock Bill Nye’s world. But wait, there’s more:Time travel puts 42,651 pounds of pressure on a human skeletal structure…. can you detach the brain from the body and equalize the pressure it could be done— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 30, …last_img read more

Continue Reading


Tapping into ingenuity

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgWhile children play on the merry-go-round,the PlayPump system draws water up intothe storage tank nearby.(Image: PlayPumps International) Former president Nelson Mandela hasendorsed the Hippo roller system.(Image: Changemakers.net) A woman easily pushes the Hippowater roller across the ground.(Image: Changemakers.net)Janine ErasmusAccessing fresh water is a difficulty facing many rural African communities, affecting the health and quality of life of the population. Two South African inventions – the Hippo water roller and the PlayPump® Water System – have largely alleviated this problem by combining simple designs with practical solutions.According to the World Health Organisation, 1.1-billion people have no access to any type of safe source of drinking water. Because of this about 1.6-million people, mostly in developing countries, die every year from water-borne diseases spread through poor sanitation. Of the deaths, 90% are children under the age of five.However, the innovative PlayPump® Water System, which doubles as a merry-go-round and water pump, has brought fresh water to many rural communities, using the energy of children at play. In June 2008 the system was honoured by Reader’s Digest South Africa with a mention on its 60 Best list in the category of Innovations.Simple idea, far-reaching effectsThe PlayPump had its origins in a device exhibited at an agricultural show in KwaZulu-Natal in 1989. There, former advertising executive Trevor Field saw and immediately recognised the potential of the device. Field licensed it from its original inventor, engineer and borehole driller Ronnie Stuiver. With his colleague Paul Ristic, Field established Roundabout Outdoors with the intention of developing a larger system complete with a water storage tank.Ever the advertising ace, Field also envisioned clever usage of the space around the tank to carry health-related messages from stakeholders, thereby funding maintenance of the system and adding to its sustainability. After revising and enhancing the initial design, the partners came up with the concept of the PlayPump® Water System as it is today – a merry-go-round and pump, sealed 2 500-litre storage tank and stand, tap and water run-off, and borehole.The spinning motion of the merry-go-round pumps water from the borehole to the tank, which stands 7m above ground and is covered on four sides by advertising boards. Two sides are given to product advertisement, and the other two sides to messages raising awareness of public health matters.At a rate of 16 revolutions per minute, the pump is able to move 1 400 litres of water from a depth of 40m, says the manufacturer, and can operate at up to 100m. Any excess water is simply returned to the borehole.PlayPump systems are manufactured in Johannesburg, South Africa, and installations are carried out by local crews who are hired and trained especially for the purpose. Installation of the first two systems took place in the remote Masinga district of KwaZulu-Natal in 1994 and three years later 20 communities were benefiting from freshly pumped water and new play areas for children with limited facilities.In 1999 an encounter with former president Nelson Mandela, who attended the opening ceremony of a school with a PlayPump system, drew media attention to the PlayPump project. The system was nominated for a World Bank Development Marketplace Award in 2000, which it won, and the associated exposure and funding allowed Roundabout Outdoors to speed up development and expansion.The company later established a non-governmental organisation in South Africa – now known as Roundabout Water Solutions in its country of origin, and as PlayPumps International, a registered non-profit organisation, in the US.Water for sub-Saharan AfricaPlayPumps International has targeted a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia – as its focus until 2010. To date 1 000 systems have been installed in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, and plans are in place to expand into Kenya before the end of 2008.Communities do not pay for the pump systems – all installations are donated. The company’s goal is to have 4 000 systems in place by 2010, giving 10-million people access to fresh drinking water. The PlayPump system has received extensive coverage in the international media, having featured recently on National Geographic weekend radio, NBC Nightly News, and PBS Frontline.With millions of people denied a source of clean water, this critical global problem is one that organisations are fighting on a daily basis. Not only are water-related illnesses the leading cause of death around the world, claiming the lives of 6 000 people every day, but people’s efforts to supply themselves with water means many hours are wasted fetching and carrying the resource.PlayPumps International says that over 40-billion hours are lost annually to this chore, which most often falls on women and children. With a PlayPump system in place, children can spend more time in school instead of fetching water over great distances, says the organisation, and women can spend more time with their families or take on income-generating activities.The Hippo water rollerAnother invention that is easing the lives of African communities is the Hippo water roller. This is a barrel-shaped polyethylene container that holds 90 litres of water and is rolled along the ground instead of being carried. A steel roller attached to the drum allows it to be pushed or pulled over bumpy ground.The Hippo roller was developed in South Africa in 1992 by engineers Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker, and since 1998 has been manufactured and distributed by the locally based Imvubu Projects. The manufacturer claims that because the weight of the water is carried on the ground, even children and the elderly can manage a full roller, allowing for collection of five times more water with less effort.Costing about R595 ($75) per unit – therefore well beyond the reach of the people it is intended to help – the Hippo roller is distributed to villages through a funding partnership with the Africa Foundation. More than 27 000 rollers have been distributed throughout Southern Africa since the project was launched.Former president Nelson Mandela has given the project his personal endorsement, appealing to the private and corporate sectors, as well as donors, to actively support it. A US-based non-profit organisation called Water to the People, incorporated specifically for the purpose, raises funds overseas for the distribution of Hippo rollers.As with the PlayPump® Water System, the Hippo roller improves the lives of those who use it, not only because it facilitates access to clean water but also because it alleviates health problems that accumulate through years of carrying heavy water containers on the neck and shoulders for long distances. Pregnant women, for instance, who have to carry water this way and who are often already malnourished, risk damage to the development of their unborn babies.A unique benefit of pushing a Hippo roller that it has the potential to save lives in situations where landmines may be triggered. Demonstrations showed that when a water-filled Hippo roller was pulled over a landmine, it absorbed enough of the blast to prevent hospitalisation of the person operating the roller, although bruising and cuts would still occur. In this way, the loss of limbs and possibly lives can be drastically reduced.Useful linksPlayPumps InternationalHippo water rollerReader’s Digest South AfricaHenry J. Kaiser Family FoundationSave the World With Music – online trivia quiz with proceeds going to PlayPumps InternationalWorld Health OrganisationWater to the Peoplelast_img read more

Continue Reading