Vanuatu WASH project in Tanna distributes Hippo Rollers

This year World Vision International with funding from the Thankyou. company started to distribute Hippo Rollers on Tanna island as part of an integrated Vanuatu WASH project.

The area of Tanna was targeted as one of the areas with the highest needs in Vanuatu following an assessment by the Vanuatu Rural Water supply.

The Vanuatu Independent reports that most of Vanuatu’s population lived along the coast and dug wells near the ocean, people in South West Tanna live on high and narrow ridges away from the sea.

They have to walk down steep hills to fetch water from rivers some 100 to 300 metres below. Women would walk up to two hours each way to fetch water from the creeks.

A Women’s Focus group in Tanna said before World Vision came, they were taking water from the sea and the creek which was a far distance and sometimes they had to sleep at the sea.

A 13-year-old girl from Luwana in Tanna said she used to collect water every day before this Vanuatu WASH project improved their lives,

“And before I didn’t have time to study but today things changed and thanks to the water systems,” she said.

Vanuatu WASH project brought improved water sources
This Tanna boy has clean water as a result of a Vanuatu WASH project. Image @WorldVision

Jimmy Daniel is Development Manager for the Vanuatu WASH project on Tanna island. He says fetching water in Vanutu is one of the biggest challenges for households and families and Hippo Rollers make it easier,

“The Hippo Water Roller container is simple enough for a family to use and to handle. It’s much easier for a man or a woman to push it or pull it, rather than carrying a 20 litre container up on their shoulders.”

In the attached video, Jimmy smiles as he gives his opinion on the Hippo Roller,

“That’s the best water container that we can distribute to families!”

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge 2017 / 2018 – Solving a water problem

Teams of children located all over the world are all participating in the 2017/18 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge. This year’s challenge is to choose and solve a real world problem related to water.

During research many of the teams came across Hippo Roller as a solution and wrote in for information, advice and to get feedback on their ideas. It has been wonderful to see the creativity that has been flowing in these young minds and the solutions that they have come up with.

The 3 Creeks Robotics 3CR Team has even started their own crowdfunding campaign on the Hippo Roller website to raise money for people who struggle with water access.

One team even produced their own video, well done team!

We look forward to seeing if any of our teams make it through to the finals in 2018.

A 25th Anniversary gift for Hippo Roller!

“Your idea doesn’t have to be complicated to be useful.”

– Hashem Al Ghaili on the Hippo Water Roller

The Hippo Roller received an unexpected but marvelous gift for its 25th anniversary! Clearly inspired by its simplicity and usefulness, well known science communicator Hashem Al Ghaili created a video of the Hippo Roller and posted it on 15 May 2016.

Within one week this video had 33 million views, 250,000 likes, 433,000 shares and 6,000 comments. Wow!

Thank you Hashem and the Science Nature Page community for the lively discussion and sharing the Hippo Roller with millions around the world.

Prominent publications such as the New York Magazine, Tech Insider, UNILAD and INSIDER followed with more videos of the Hippo Roller. These videos together with that of Hashem have in total now been viewed more than 40 million times over the last 6 weeks.

Will 40 million+ views assist us to alleviate the daily struggle of many more women and children who collect water far from their home? This alone will be the real reason to celebrate.

Un cadeau 25e anniversaire pour Hippo Roller!

« Votre idée n’a pas besoin d’être compliquée pour être utile. »

– Hashem Al Ghaili au sujet de l’Hippo Water Roller

À l’occasion de son 25e anniversaire , l’Hippo Roller a reçu un cadeau à la fois inattendu et incroyable. Clairement inspiré par sa simplicité et son utilité, le célèbre expert en communication scientifique Hashem Al Ghaili a créé une vidéo sur l’Hippo Roller publiée le 15 mai 2016.

En seulement une semaine, la vidéo a enregistré 33 millions de vues, 250 000 j’aime, 433 000 partages et 6 000 commentaires. Ouah !

Un grand merci à Hashem et à la communauté de Science Nature Page pour cette discussion animée et pour avoir partagé l’Hippo Roller avec des millions de personnes dans le monde entier.

Des revues de renommée mondiale comme New York Magazine, Tech Insider, UNILAD et INSIDER ont suivi la tendance en publiant d’autres vidéos de l’Hippo Roller. Ces vidéos et celle de Hashem ont été vues plus de 40 millions de fois au cours des 6 dernières semaines.

Ces 40 millions de vues nous aideront-elles à atténuer la souffrance d’une multitude de femmes et enfants qui, chaque jour, vont chercher de l’eau loin de chez eux ? Si nous y parvenons, nous aurons alors une véritable raison de célébrer.


Hipporoller Race – Womens Day 2013

The Hippo Water Roller Project celebrated Women’s Day 2013 on Friday, August 09 at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens with Dads-in-the-Picture, and the Emperors Motorcycle Club. We hosted a few races using standard buckets and Hippo Water Rollers (pink rollers in support of Women’s day).

The race comprised participants to fill buckets of water at point A, and run to point B where they used the buckets to fill the rollers with water, and then run back to point A using the roller. This demonstrates how much water a roller can accommodate, as well as how easy it is to use compared to traditional buckets.