Help Us Roll 1000 Hippos


A simple tool. A massive need.

For many, clean water comes with the twist of a tap.
But in rural Africa, access to water requires hours of walking, waiting in line and heavy lifting.  

On average, a woman spends six hours a day collecting and transporting water to supply her family’s daily needs. The time spent on this basic necessity keeps many children out of school and prevents women from engaging in more empowering activities and income-generating work.

The simple design of the hippo water roller allows the transport of water more easily and efficiently by placing the water inside its “wheel.” A full hippo roller holds 200 lbs of water – five times the amount possible using traditional methods. But because the weight is borne on the ground, it has an effective weight of just 22 pounds allowing even children to easily manage a full roller over most types of terrain.

This simple tool will change the lives of millions of women and children in rural communities. A single hippo roller carries enough water to meet the basic needs of five people per day. Fewer trips to collect water means women and children can spend their time on productive educational and economic opportunities. It gives them access to better hygiene and living conditions. In addition, it's now possible for families and schools to collect enough water to grow their own vegetables using the drip irrigation cap.

Join us in funding this social revolution by bringing this life-changing tool to those who need it! If a hippo roller can save a woman 30+ hours of work per week, imagine what a group of women -- or a nation of women -- could do with that time.

Help Us Roll 1000 Hippos

The goal of our fundraising campaign is to put a hippo water roller into the hands of 1000 women in rural South Africa. While it barely scratches the surface of the need, our mission is to start the momentum that will create a paradigm shift on how this daily chore is done.

Each $150 provides one family with a hippo water roller that will last 5-7 years.  And it will change her life forever!


Rotary Handover

Last year, the Rotary Club of Gibsons delivered 30 Hippo Water Rollers to a village in Kguatswane, South Africa.
Join us this year in our challenge to Roll 1000 Hippos...