Meet the water-man of Kenya who delivers fresh water to animals during drought
Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park has a frequent visitor, namely Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua. But, he is not an ordinary visitor of the park; he visits the park to provide fresh water to the animals who would have died otherwise because of the drought prevailing in the country.
Patrick rumbles down the dusty road bearing some 3,000 gallons of fresh water every day. The elephants, buffalo, antelope and zebras come running whenever they see Patrick. He fills the bone-dry watering holes in the region, driving for hours on end every day to haul water to where it’s most desperately needed.
There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans. If we don’t help them, they will die, said Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua.
Patrick, who is now more popular as the water-man, is a pea farmer in his local village. He came up with the idea after seeing firsthand harsh climate change that has taken in his native land. Patrick also runs a conservation project called Tsavo Volunteers. The 41-year-old also visits local schools to talk to children about the wildlife that is their legacy.
The story of this water-man has reached up to US; and three women who have never met Patrick before are also helping him for the cause. When Angie Brown, who lives in Connecticut, heard about the most recent drought, Brown connected on Facebook with Cher Callaway and Tami Calliope and the trio decided to help.
Callaway also set up a GoFundMe page that has so far collected more than $18,000 from people around the world. All the money collected goes toward the Mwalua’s water delivery service.