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Design Outreach Give Water Gala

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Design Outreach Celebrates Five Years and LifePump™ Impact in Eight Countries
Give Water Gala to Debut Documentary by Emmy-award Winner Mike Edwards

Columbus, Ohio – August 24, 2018 – Columbus-based humanitarian engineering nonprofit Design Outreach will host its annual Give Water Gala on September 20 in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the nonprofit and its first permanent LifePump™ installation in Malawi. The Gala will showcase the public debut of a new short-form documentary by 12-time Emmy-award winning director, cinematographer, and Gahanna resident Mike Edwards.

“The concept for LifePump was born from our experiences in Central Asia and Africa where we witnessed extreme poverty and water insecurity,” said Greg Bixler, who co-founded Design Outreach with fellow engineer Abe Wright. “With the generous help of Mike Edwards, we will share incredible stories of transformation through the magic of film.” 

“My wife and I previously co-sponsored a Kenyan well project, so we were passionate about this film from the start,” said Mike Edwards of The 5 Stones Group. “It’s our hope that the film will highlight the unwavering faith and perseverance of the Design Outreach team, while telling the story of the radically transformative power of water.”  

Design Outreach has helped change the lives of more than 20,000 people in 51 communities across eight countries, with plans for 50 additional LifePump installations by spring of 2019. Save a seat for the Give Water Gala by September 7 at to share in a special evening of celebration.

Special thanks to the 2018 Give Water Gala sponsors: Agrarian Solutions, Strataflo Products, Inc., Tri-W Group, Bailey Cavalieri, Plante Moran, Accept’d, Marl Inn, LLC, Bricker & Eckler, Flottweg Separation Technology, Beanstalk CFO Group, Pumps & Systems Magazine, Numerics Unlimited LLC, SEEPEX, The Flag Lady, Built to Lead, Buckeye Interactive and North High Brewing.  


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About Design Outreach

Based in Columbus, Ohio Design Outreach is a Christian humanitarian engineering nonprofit dedicated to creating life-sustaining solutions that alleviate global poverty. Co-founded in 2010 by engineers Abe Wright and Greg Bixler, Ph.D., PE, Design Outreach seeks to share the love of God by developing appropriate technology solutions that improve the lives of the poor and provide better health, education, and employment opportunities. Design Outreach achieved 501(c)3 nonprofit status in 2013 following the successful development of its flagship product, LifePump™. Made in the United States in collaboration with various companies including Ohio-based SEEPEX, LifePump is a new, innovative, hand pump designed to last longer and reach deeper than standard hand pumps to help ensure daily access to safe water. With the help of donor partners, governments and non-governmental organizations including World Vision, LifePump has helped to transform 51 communities in eight countries, with plans for 50 additional LifePump installations by spring of 2019. Other Design Outreach innovations include LifePump150 designed to reach depths of 150 meters (500 feet), satellite-based remote sensing in partnership with SonSet Solutions, and a new water-conserving, self-closing valve called LifeTap. Special thanks to World Vision and to the nearly 100 volunteers and numerous organizations that have helped Design Outreach accomplish its life-saving work. Learn more at and

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