I just want to take a quick second to plug a good cause and introduce you to Project H Design, if you haven't already heard of it. Project H Design was founded by the talented Emily Pilloton, Managing Editor of Inhabitat, as a charitable organization that supports, inspires, and delivers product design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness. Right now, Project H Design is working on a case study with Hippo Roller.
As you can tell from the image above, Hippo Roller is an incredible, affordable rolling water transport device that makes it easier for developing communities to fetch water more safely and efficiently. Here in the U.S., we're trying to use less water, while in communities in Northeastern South Africa, people are just trying to get enough water to survive. That's where you and I can help.
Project H Design is raising $5,000 asap to purchase 50 Hippo Rollers for delivery to Kgautswane. You can sponsor one roller for $100, buy 5 for a locality, or buy 10 for a whole community. Donations are tax deductible.
After the trip in April, sponsors will get a photo of the handover ceremony and a DVD of the community using the Hippo Roller. To me though, regardless of any of that, if you think of water as the difference between life and death, it's imperative to give if you have the resources. Good opportunities like this are unique, I think.
If you want to keep apprised of future opportunities or case studies, feel free to join the Project H Design Facebook Cause, too.