Take the Plunge: A Pop-up Experience to Help Children Thrive

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On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, we attended Take the Plunge: A Pop-up Experience to Help Children Thrive located at AJAX (1011 4th Street NW). Read our review to see why you’ll never think of “movement” the same way again!

The pop-up provided exclusive access into PATH‘s Defeat Diarrheal Disease Initiative (#defeatDD). The interactive experience included an interactive photo installation, short films, and engaging hands-on exhibits to show all the good work that PATH. At this soirée turned journey across the world, toilet humor and puns are welcomed to bring humor to an otherwise serious issue.

Featured Speakers

M.A. Keifer, Legislative Assistant at U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, urged attendees to “Join the Movement” and make diarrhea sexy again. 

Serge Raharison, Senior Advisor in Child Health for USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), noted that in developing countries, women surviving childbirth is nothing short of a miracle. As a trained medical doctor, he noted that we shouldn’t be afraid to get down and dirty with to #DefeatDD (diarrheal disease).

Food & Drinks

On the menu where punny drinks including two signature cocktails:
Outhouse Refresher
(gin, cucumber, fresh basil, lemonade, lime juice)

The Royal Flush
(bourbon, whiskey, mint leaves, simply syrup, lemon wedge garnish)

There were tables of fresh vegetables with your choice of balsamic vinegar or hummus. Passed hors d’oeuvres included hot chicken & waffles, crab cake, peach & brie eggrolls, spinach & artichoke pastry, and the world’s tiniest taco (see photo below).


The space was wonderfully curated with interactive exhibits in every corner—including the walls! Poop emoji masks and toys were abound for a guests to get silly with.

Several organizations offered hands-on stations to showcase what they do. We took the plunge on the one by the Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) and  Typhoid Vaccine Acceleration Consortium (TyVAC) which involved throwing a koosh ball (think Rosie O’Donnell Show in the 90s) to learn about how we can #TakeOnTyphoid.

We spoke to wonderfully informed people from the hill, USAID, several non-profits, and congratulated Kathryn Lyons, Managing Editor at FamousDC, on her recent engagement!

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