Hi Everyone, I hope this message finds you well! Our shipment of 600 TravlerPacks has been fully distributed in Syria by our nonprofit partner, NuDay Syria. We are currently interviewing refugees to gather feedback on TravlerPacks. We’ve learned that TravlerPacks have kept children warm, even on the coldest nights. We’ve also learned that refugees really like how small, portable, and easy to deploy TravlerPacks are. One improvement they suggested is making larger sizes for people who are injured.
So, what’s the future of TravlerPack? We will continue collecting feedback to improve the current design. As we do this, we are also working on a general fund to passively raise money to send additional TravlerPacks.
Simultaneously, we have realized that there are many other nonprofits doing amazing work in different sectors. We are currently partnering with an established nonprofit, Water Wells for Africa, to install a Afridev Hand Pump in Malawi, a small country in South Africa. Currently, children spend up to 3 hours a day walking to water sources that are often contaminated. Often times, contaminated water prevents children from going to school. A clean, accessible source of water can change the lives of these children and villagers, serving up to 2,000 people at any given time for an average lifetime of 20+ years. It will allow children to go to school again and villagers to build a better future for themselves.
You can learn more about our campaign at: crowdfund.mit.edu/waterwell