A Smarter way to collect water!

67.67 Hippo Water Rollers for Mandela Day 2014

'Help to provide 67x water-stressed communities with up to 67x Hippo rollers each.'

Why 67.67? The late Mr Nelson Mandela spent more than 67 years serving his community, his country and the world. The number is symbolic of how people can start to do the same – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as the late Mr Mandela did for more than 67 years.


Every day, millions of women and children in developing countries are forced to walk an average 6 km per day, carrying heavy loads of water, typically in heavy 20L (kg) containers balanced on their head.

  • The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water; the same as an entire year's labor in all of France! 

'GOOD News: Hippo Rollers'

  • In this LOOK Series video by GOOD Magazine, a village in South Africa has been transformed by the introduction of the Hippo Water Roller, a simple innovation that has revolutionised the way water is collected and transported in undeveloped communities.

'A smarter way to collect water.'

The Hippo Water Roller was endorsed by the late Mr Mandela “A personal appeal is made to your organization to actively support a national project which will positively change the lives of millions of our fellow South Africans.”

UN-World Food Program "The introduction of Hippo rollers in WFP supported primary schools significantly reduced the daily burden on women and children..."

CNN International "With the financial assistance of others, there's now the real possibility that a burden carried for so long can be set aside forever."

'For the cost of one good cappuccino per day - for 67 days - you can transform a family's life.'

  • It costs $150 to provide one family with a Hippo Water Roller - the costs to identify individual communities & beneficiaries; transportation; distribution; training and each handover ceremony are included.

'No Water Today'

In this rural school play, young learners depict a typical rural scenario where a community lacks sufficient access to water:

The Hippo Water Roller Project is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Hippo Water Roller has an established and successful track record developed over the past 20 years of implementation, having directly benefitted more than 300,000 individuals, it has been proven in the field and has impacted positively on the community as well as achieving global recognition and respect. Website: hipporoller.org

Contributor Name: 
Grant Gibbs, Pierre Le Roux, Sunelle Le Roux