Around the world, girls and women spend an estimated 200 million hours every single day collecting water. In addition to danger and susceptibility to injury, the young girls responsible for supplying water to their families are unable to attend school. And when it comes to education, there is a direct link between access to clean water and attendance rates.
DRUM ROLLER OFFERS EASE & EFFICIENCY FOR WOMEN TRANSPORTING CLEAN WATER: SIMPLE AND TRANSFORMATIVE
The Hippo roller is a revolutionary product replacing the traditional method of transporting water, by allowing users in rural communities to transport up to 90L of water at a time, simply by rolling it on the ground. Now, people have the ability to transport five times more than a single bucket in each journey, and this wondrous solution is having widespread impact on individual lives and entire communities.
There are some massive stand-out benefits:
HEALTH: greater access to clean water has a direct link to improved hygiene and health in rural communities. This in turn leads to greater standards of living and longer life expectancy
EDUCATION: with children having to spend significantly less time collecting water, they have more time to attend school. This of course leads to better education opportunities and ultimately more work opportunities helping them break out of the cycle of poverty
REDUCED INJURY: This is a big one. The Hippo roller reduces the suffering and long-term injuries caused by carrying heavy loads. Typical water carrying methods impose physical heavy loading, which has potential to cause musculoskeletal disorders and related disabilities. Unfortunately many rural communities do not have adequate health care systems, so individuals are left suffering in pain and are often debilitated
FOOD SECURITY: greater access to water leads to food security. With less crop loss, hunger is reduced. Additionally, the time saved can be better spent focused on activities related to food production and food processing
CULTURAL CHANGE: remarkably, the Hippo roller has caused a positive cultural change. Traditionally men do not generally partake in water collection, however men are proud to use this technology and are now often involved in water collection.
The Hippo roller has had a very wide reach. As at September 2015, 46,000 Hippo Rollers had been distributed amongst communities from at least 20 countries. And its growth is continuing, with more and more people able to reap the above, very crucial, rewards.
So kudos to the impressive folk behind this fantastic product, who are changing the world one Hippo roller at a time.