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Project H Fundraiser: H is for Hippo… WE DID IT!

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Thanks to all your support, we have funded 75 Hippo Rollers for Kgautswane in South Africa! Our initial target was 50, which we met in less than two weeks. Project H will be on the ground to hand deliver the rollers on March 26-29th, and will report back with photos, details, and more.

STAY TUNED THIS SUMMER FOR OUR NEXT “FUND THIS PRODUCT” INITIATIVE

If you’d still like to donate, it’s not too late! Any additional donations made via the Paypal link below will go directly to Hippo Roller (not Project H) and will not be included in this batch of 75 rollers. But any additional support is greatly appreciated and will go towards future roller deliveries throughout Africa.

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What’s a Hippo Roller and how is Project H involved?
The Hippo Roller is a simple rolling barrel device that allows the millions whose livelihoods depend on the daily fetching of water to more easily access and transport their daily water supply, and reduce the risk of long-term bodily injuries. The roller holds 3-4 days worth of water for a family of 7, about 5 times the amount of water that can be moved using traditional methods, which frees up time for more productive economic and educational activities. It’s an amazing product and an amazing story of good design enabling communities.At the end of March, Project H will be traveling to South Africa to visit the Hippo Roller’s manufacturer and headquarters, and will personally hand over fifty rollers to a community in Northeastern South Africa in need of enabling water systems. The rollers are a gesture of support and a catalyst for more collaboration on larger water systems projects within Kgautswane. ——————————–
What we funded: 75 Hippo Rollers for a group of 17 villages in the Kgautswane community of Northeast South Africa- total population 120,000Total amount raised: $7500 (50 rollers, $100 each- $90 for production and $10 for delivery- Project H did not take any part of your donation)DONATE DIRECTLY TO HIPPO ROLLER USING THE PAYPAL LINK BELOW:

Similar in function to the QDrum, the Hippo Roller makes water transport easy for millions whose daily routine includes fetching water from far-off sources.Traditional methods of collecting water include the use of 20-liter (5-gallon) buckets, which are laboriously carried on the head. This method is time and energy consuming and the cause of many serious health problems, particularly spinal and back injuries. Designers Pettie Petzer & Johan Jonker, in collaboration with South African NGOs and Imvubu Projects designed the large UV-stabilized polyethylene drum with a screw-on lid and a steel clip-on handle to carry 90 liters (20 gallons) of water. The filled drum is turned on its side and pushed like a steamroller. There are 25,000 rollers in use to date.

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