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Hippo Roller wins the Frost & Sullivan 2016 African Rural Portable Water Solutions Product Leadership Award

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The Hippo Water Roller Project won the Frost & Sullivan “2016 African Rural Portable Water Solutions Product Leadership Award” The award was presented to Grant Gibbs, Executive Director, at a prestigious ceremony at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town on 18 August 2016. The Hippo Water Roller Project receives this award with much appreciation and is greatly encouraged to continue its …

SA Government to invest in Hippo Water Rollers and other innovative solutions as part of its drought mitigating strategies in 2016-2017

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In her 2016/2017 budget speech on 11 May 2016, Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced detailed plans to aid municipalities unable to cope with the current drought or to meet the service delivery requirements of their communities. The drought mitigating strategies of DWS include new campaigns such as Drop a Block (save water …

Report: Using crowdfunding and community ownership to maximise the impact of Hippo Water Rollers in Mozambique

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In 2015 Ruben Morgado and his wife partnered with the Carlos Morgado Foundation in Mozambique to create a crowdfunding campaign to fund, transport, and distribute 30 Hippo Rollers to the community of Mangundze in the district of Manjacaze. Their goal was to assist families to secure improved access to drinking water, benefiting their health and freeing their time to focus …

Iowa church improves water access in Malawi with Hippo Rollers

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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 …

200x Hippo Water Rollers (90l) to residents of the Likasi village near Witbank, South Africa

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Yesterday, two hundred Hippo Water Rollers were handed over to the Seoding village, just outside Kuruman in the Northern Cape. The timely donation of rollers was met with much appreciation by the community as although it had rained a little, the dams were still dry and water access is limited. The 200 rollers were generously sponsored by AEL Mining, a subsidiary …

South Africa's Water Affairs Minister reveals the scale of the drought's impact on rural communities and measures to alleviate it

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Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane recently revealed that the drought in South Africa currently affects 173 of the 1 628 water supply schemes nationally, serving approximately 2.7 million households. South Africa is in the fourth consecutive year of drier- than-average weather, with 2015 the most severe. Minister Mokonyane revealed the scale of the effect of the drought and the state …

Report: Hippo Water Rollers are Changing Lives in Madagascar

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The dry, spiny forests of Madagascar receive very little rainfall and represent one of the most unique ecosystems of our planet. The lack of water in this area lends to a plethora of rare, adapted wildlife and poses challenges for local people to survive. The need for water requires innovative solutions to improve the livelihoods of the people who call …

Running for Water in the Richtersveld – How one person changed the lives of 350 people in just 4 days

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The Richtersveld is a mountainous desert landscape in the north-western corner of South Africa. During the 1st week of June 2014 the inaugural 4 day Richtersveld Wildrun™ was held and Brendon de Boer, a staunch supporter of the Hippo Water Roller Project, took part in the race. “Initially it was just a personal challenge which quickly developed into an idea …