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President Engineering Group's' Elephant Pump in Zimbabwe
President Engineering Group's' Elephant Pump in Zimbabwe
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Villagers in Zimbabwe now have a source of clean water after a Sheffield company paid for an Elephant Pump.

President Engineering Group made a donation to AquAid for every bottle of water the company bought after coolers were installed in its offices two years ago.

Now, the charity has bought and installed a pump in Manicaland, bringing clean, fresh drinking water to the community. Mark Henley, PEGL managing director, said: “It is fantastic to think that a community in Zimbabwe has its own fresh drinking water well thanks to the donations we have made by buying water for staff to drink in our factory and offices.

“It is part of our corporate social responsibility to put back into the community and it is great to be able to support such a worthwhile project in Africa. The Elephant Pumps that AquAid provide are vital to communities such as this one in Manicaland.”

Elephant Pumps are used by millions of people in more than 7,000 communities. The Africa Trust is working towards providing clean water, through Elephant Pumps, for more than 10 per cent of the population of Zimbabwe. Fern Shaw, AquAid Africa, said: “It is so important the charity receives help from companies like PEGL. It makes a huge difference to people’s lives in these communities where they may otherwise have to walk several miles to find water and even then, may find it contaminated. It is only through the ongoing support of businesses that we are able to continue to carry out this vital work.”