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“A Drop of Water” – new documentary focusing on the severe drought in Africa

A 90-minute documentary filmed by Turkish director Suat Emuce centers on three African kids, who live an underprivileged life, struggling against a lack of healthy, drinkable water. It presents the audience with the harrowing struggle of these three small human beings in search for clear water, the essential requirement for survival. Emuce said he has …

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Can better access to water aid women’s rights in Africa?

Improving water accessibility – and fixing the gender imbalance connected with water collection – could improve the education and productivity of women and girls in 24 sub-Saharan African countries. Here a woman near Luphisi, South Africa, uses a Hippo Roller to collect water. She used to carry water on her head for more than a …

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Iowa church improves water access in Malawi with Hippo Rollers

Water access in Malawi, like most other countries in Africa, is a daily challenge faced by millions of people. Women, children and older people lift heavy buckets on their head each day and walk long distances to fetch water. This impacts heavily on their bodies, straining their body muscles, especially their backs and necks.

Fortunately, several hundred of the close to 100,000 people who live in the Songa villages of Malawi benefited from 140 Hippo Water Rollers distributed by Save Orphans Ministries in March 2016.

The Group Village Headman of Songa was short of words on the timely donation which besides easing bodily strain would also help protect the villages from water borne diseases.

“We are glad we are one of the first ones in Malawi to be considered for something that otherwise we could never see in our life time before until we would die and for that we are so thankful.” – Group Village Headman of Songa.

Pastor Suzanne Vogel of the Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Iowa thanked her church members who gave money to procure the Hippo Water Rollers from South Africa:

“Thank you so much for your giving that has assisted the deserving in a small way.” – Pastor Suzanne Vogel on Facebook.

In his remarks, Justin Majawa who is the founder of Save Orphans Ministries and also a Member of Parliament for the area said the gift was not small.

“When all seems lost in the lives of many people in Songa we can only help one person at a time. The truth of the matter is that it makes a difference in the lives of that one family that gets a Hippo Water Roller and surely any little help that can be given brings joy to them.” – Justin Majawa, the founder of Save Orphans Ministries.

Mobile phone app improves access to water in Angola

Ana Paulino, a 40-year-old street vendor in Luanda, balances plastic cans of water four times as heavy as a bowling ball on top of her head every morning and night for quarter-mile trips to the nearest well. That’s a burden shared by many women in the capital of Angola, sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest-growing city. The country …

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Right to water of Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana violated by government

A new report by Survival International, the global movement for the rights of tribal people, provides details of human rights violations against the Kalahari Busmen of Botswana. Tension between the Kalahari Bushmen, known as Basarwa in Botswana, and the government mounted during the 1990s when authorities began forcing them to relocate from land that they …

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Water crisis in the Free State negatively affects young children and the elderly

Hundreds of residents who are forced to walk long distances to access water say poor service delivery remains a challenge in Joe Slovo informal settlement in Brandfort, about 60km outside Bloemfontein in the Free State province of South Africa. The New Age reports that the area has been struggling with a lack of proper access …

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