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Bacolod’s AID Foundation Wins BBC World Challenge 2010

The Negros AID Foundation (ADFI) and its hydraulic ram pump program emerged as winner in the recent 2010 BBC World Challenge, a competition that recognizes and rewards small businesses from around the world that tackle environmental and social issues.

Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc (AIDFI), a non-government organization based in Bacolod City, won the top prize in the 2010 BBC World Challenge–-a US$20,000 grant from Shell-–for its hydraulic ram pump project “The Only Way is Up.”

The World Challenge is a competition organised by BBC World News Limited (“BBC World News”) aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level.

This is what BBC has to say about AID Foundation’s hydraulic ram pump:

It’s baffling how some inventions fail to achieve a tipping point. The hydraulic ram pump – which has been around for a couple of centuries. falls into this category. The Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. (AIDFI) is determined to see the ram pump finally come into its own. Using the power of a river’s flow to literally push water uphill without any other energy input, it’s proving to be a boon for poor villagers living in mountainous regions.

The ram pump can save both hours of back-breaking work carrying water and cash where expensive water pumps are replaced. AIDFI has introduced the ram pump to over 170 upland villages, and has plans to spread the benefits far and wide among poor communities.

Currently, the AID Foundation has installed ram pumps in 170 upland villages in Bacolod benefiting 50,000 people with free flowing water.

AIDF bested other nominees from Denmark, Tanzania, Peru, Kenya, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda and Malawi.

Watch the video here:

8 Comments on Bacolod’s AID Foundation Wins BBC World Challenge 2010

  1. paco of dubai // December 31, 2010 at 5:53 am //

    baw sikat na nmn c mayor bing e hehhehe…. kamusta lng ko da sa mga pamilya UBALDE sng tangub kg Gelito sa villamonte ah..

  2. paco of dubai // December 31, 2010 at 5:51 am //

    Wow! proud to be bacolenios… ng boto gd ko da ya…

  3. alex g - KBP Golden Dove Awards, "Best Station" ABS-CBN! Ni-isang award o nomination man lang, BOKYA na naman ang GMA! Grand Slam for Zero Awards! HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA! // December 31, 2010 at 1:58 am //

    yehey!

  4. bacolodnon // December 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm //

    so hapi to know that….nag vote pa ako dyan…

    congrats sa mga pinoy at mga taga bacolod!!!!!

    mabuhay tayong lahat…

  5. yey! nanalo tayo. buti na lang nakahabol pa ako sa pagvote sa “hydraulic ram pump program”. congratulations! :D

  6. nakakatuwa kasi andaming nagcocomment dito.nakakalungkot kasi kapag mga ganitong topic pinopost parang wala lang.parang mas matimbang pa buhay ng artista at mga channel kesa sa panlipunang issue at problema…tsk tsk…poor kapamilya, kapusod, kapwatid…

  7. galing… :D

  8. nakakatuwa dahil nakukuha ng pilipinas ang mga ganitong klaseng oportunidad at nakakalungkot dahil kung susuriin naman ay napakalaki ng pondo ng bayan para mapunan ang ganitong klase ng pangangailangan. ang pera nasaan? nasa bulsa ni gov, congressman at punong-bayan…

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