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Water Rollers

26 January 2011. Abu Shouk: Women using the Water Roller in a water point in Abu Shouk IDP camp.


A large number of the Darfurian population has a limited access to water resources and have to carry heavy buckets or jerry cans many times a day because for it is small capacity for long distance. Water Roller is a device for carrying water more easily and efficiently than traditional methods. The hippo roller, with its large drum capacity (usually 75 liters), frees women and children from having to spend a large portion of every day dedicated to collecting water for their households.

The Water Roller project started in South Africa and thousands of them have been distributed worldwide over the past 16 years, benefiting over 225,000 people. It have been used by Word Food Program (WFP), Operation Hunger, Operation Mobilization International as well as many other NGO's.

UNAMID (African Union and United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur), in contribution of the development and early recovery, is distributing 30,000 rollers to returnee villages across Darfur with limited access to water resources. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID

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Taken on January 26, 2011