At last! Disabled man in remote KZN village receives a Hippo Roller to collect and store water

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Earlier this year we were approached by Water Shortage SA to help an elderly gentleman who was struggling with water access. 59 year old Simon Chonco, who lives an isolated life in Egogweni, KwaZulu Natal had to tie a 20 litre container to his crutches with wire and walk an hour to a river to collect water. Living alone and …

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

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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 mile to the river and …

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: 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 …