67.67 Hippo Water Roller Challenge

67 Hippo Water Rollers x 67 Water-Stressed Communities = 4,489 Families Transformed

YOU (and your organisation) are invited to join the 67.67 challenge.
The aim is to support the 67 minutes of Community Upliftment drive for MANDELA DAY.
“Be the first to challenge your peers!”

In support of Mandela Day, 18 July 2013
The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.
“Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day .”


World Water Day 2013
United Nations has named 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation.
In keeping with the theme, we launched this campaign on World Water Day, 22 March 2013
to run up until Mandela Day.


A Hippo Water Roller, designed in 1991, is a South African conceived water carrying device made purposely with rural conditions in mind – appropriate technology for improved access to water.

The Hippo Water Roller is an innovative design allows 350% more water (90 litres / 24 gallons) to be placed inside a ‘rolling wheel’. The barrel-shaped container with its steel handle alleviates the suffering caused by carrying heavy buckets of water (20 litres / 5 gallons) on the head.

This simple but effective technology is an appropriate solution for communities who lack access to water. Extensive field-tests over 20 years and various awards have proven the effectiveness of the Hippo Water Roller. Approximately 42,000 units have been distributed to date primarily with the aid of sponsoring funding.

The Hippo Water Roller Project is challenging sponsors to support this worthy cause by purchasing Hippo Water Rollers for this campaign.

Our goal for 2013 is to distribute at least 4,489 Hippo Water Rollers. (67 x 67)

We appeal to corporate companies to use their CSI (corporate social responsibility) and Marketing budgets to purchase Hippo Water Rollers for one or more communities (i.e. 67 x Hippo Water Rollers per community).

We also appeal to NGOs, staff volunteer groups, other support groups and individuals to boost this campaign by making a commitment online and to challenge your peers to do the same.

The Hippo Water Roller Project will coordinate and distribute the Hippo Water Rollers on your behalf to the 67 communities within South Africa (sponsors are welcome to attend) and will provide photos and stories of each handover.

We will select 67 communities around South Africa (sponsors may also nominate) who are situated in water-stressed areas, or who lack adequate or reliable water infrastructure. Families who are fortunate to own a Hippo Water Roller are able to enjoy the benefits immediately through improved access to water which is a basic human right.

Predominantly women, children and the elderly benefit most while many men are starting to assist using the Hippo Roller. Community leaders often prioritise child-headed homes and the elderly looking after orphaned children.

The cost of providing one Hippo Roller per family is: R1,467.67
– including VAT: ($145)

(This includes; identification of individual communities & beneficiaries; distribution & project costs for each handover ceremony)

‘For the cost of one good cappucino per day – for 67 days – you can transform a family’s life.’