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Cool Idea: Smart Design Can Save Lives

It's my belief that good design doesn't have to mean expensive design; fortunately, Project H Design believes the same thing. This charitable organization champions industrial design as a tool to address social issues, a vehicle for global life improvement, and a catalyst for individual and community empowerment. One of their latest projects addresses the need for an efficient way to transport water in developing countries, since many women and children walk more than two hours to the nearest river or borehole each day to fill a single bucket with water.

Project H is sponsoring the Hippo Roller to deal with this issue. To find out more about this cool water transportation design, how to sponsor a family's Hippo Roller, and to see a short video about it,


Project H is sponsoring 50 Hippo Rollers for a series of 17 villages in Kgautswane in northeastern South Africa. Hippo Rollers are barrel devices that allow people to safely and efficiently access and transport water. The roller holds 3-4 days worth of water for a family of seven, about five times the amount of water that can be moved using traditional methods. Thus, families that would otherwise spend the majority of their time transporting water can spend more time educating themselves and improving their economic situation.

For $100 you can sponsor the manufacturing and delivery of one roller in your name, which will be personally delivered to a family in Kgautswane this April by Project H Design. If you believe in the power of good design, here’s your chance to show it! Check out the Hippometer to see how many rollers have been funded to date.


Join The Conversation
sarlafrock sarlafrock 9 years
I love this!! I'm getting everyone I know to sponsor one!
Ms_Samantha Ms_Samantha 9 years
This is such a wonderful idea and a great cause! Defiantly worth a dip into savings for something that can do so much good. Thanks for sharing this with us!
quelle quelle 9 years
i heard about this design last year and instantly fell in love with it. unfortunately, i can't afford the $100 sponsor (thanks dental work) but i'm definitely going to find out how else i could help with the project!
emalove emalove 9 years
Oh wow...what a great idea.
mareepossa mareepossa 9 years
This is so cool! I love the idea and I bet those families would love it too.
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