Rotary Clubs improve water access for rural village in Limpopo

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Rotary Clubs recently collaborated with Hippo Roller to provide Vingerkraal Village with an easy solution to their problems of collecting water.

Situated 40km west of Bela-Bela in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, residents of Vingerkraal Village lived with the ongoing battle of inadequate water supplies which forced them to travel long distances to collect water for their daily needs.

Rotary Clubs from near and far worked together to bring relief to the situation. The Gibsons Rotary Club in Canada provided the funding for the project, while the Rotary Club of Benoni Van Ryn together with Warmbaths Rotary worked with the Vingerkraal community to identify suitable recipients.

This all required careful planning and preparation and although it took two years to complete the long term benefits of the Hippo Rollers will have lasting effects on the community for many years to come.

148 Hippo Rollers were delivered to the Vingerkraal Village on 23 October 2017.  Enough rollers were donated so that one Hippo Roller could be shared between two households and service approximately 20 people per day.  The Hippo Rollers will have the most impact on women and children in the community as they are usually the ones responsible for water collection.
The Rotary District 9400 governor Jankees Sligcher attended the handover and presented the members of the community with certificates commemorating the event.
Rotary is changing lives one village at a time with Hippo Roller.
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