Thanks to the generosity of Deakin Alumni, staff and friends, A$30,000 was successfully raised through the #3DWASH crowd-funding campaign throughout April. Support from the Deakin Community, along with commitment from Deakin's Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) and Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, encouraged a private foundation to donate the last A$50,000 needed to fully fund this fantastic project.
WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and this funding will enable the team from CADET to make a big difference in the Solomon Islands by producing replacement plumbing parts from plastic waste using 3D printing. In future, a 3D printer could be safely transported between villages and used by local experts to fix toilets, pumps and taps quickly providing a safe and sterile environment. A partnership with NGO Plan International brings their knowledge and understanding of the Solomon Islands' community needs, together with Deakin's expertise. Hopefully in future this model could be rolled out to other communities in need.
Grateful thanks to our partners at the English Family Foundation, Start Some Good and Plan International. We would also like to formally acknowledge and thank the individual supporters of this project; we commend them for helping make this vision a reality:
Kim Ngan Pham
Lucy & Rosie Low
17 anonymous donors