Hippo Rollers - August 2019
Most urban residents have access to drinking water supply, but access lags behind in rural areas. Access to water in rural areas are commonly through communal taps.
Residents of an informal settlement in Swakopmund, Namibia still have to walk to collect water for their houses from municipality water points, provided by a key card for payment:
- The distance to the communal water taps is not necessarily the issue even though some taps can range in distance from 0,5km to 2,0 km, but the methods and means used in the collection of water is the biggest challenge.
- The most common methods of collecting water is in 20L paint buckets, one household would use about 4-5 of these 20L buckets to go and collect water.
- Woman and children are the ones that go and collect and carry the 20L buckets.
- What makes it more challenging is that most of them do not own wheelbarrows, which could help with the load in having to carry the 20L buckets full of water.
- It is very difficult for children, pregnant woman, and those that have babies on their backs.
By research Swakopmund Rotary Club came across a form of transport made easier for collection of water, “Hippo Rollers” .The DRC Women’s Project was privileged to receive and benefit of 2 Hippo Rollers. The Hippo Roller is a 90 liter container that is rolled along the ground. This allows more people to access water, which improves food security and income generation. Issues where raised concerning the longevity of the plastic used to create the Hippo rollers. The question was, whether the Plastic would sustain the hard terrain consisting or rocks and hills. On a very positive note , after receiving the Hippo Rollers and making usage of them for 5 months there has been no wear and tear, and the women having to collect water from a water point approximately 1 km away have only retuned with smiles due to their daily assignment has been fabricated easier, with less exertion on their bodies.