I came across this fantastic innovative idea in a Facebook post at the end of last year and immediately knew I would want to support it by making it the focus of a 50four50 project.
Wello is a social venture with a bold mission:
to effectively deliver clean water to a thirsty world
That image of an indian woman rolling a Wello WaterWheel containing 50 liters of drinking water from the distant water source to her home that I saw on Facebook, was inspiring to me to say the least. Transporting this volume of water so quickly and so easily would have been considered impossible before someone had the simple idea that became the Wello WaterWheel.
For us, clean water comes with the twist of a tap; but for 1 in 6 people on our planet, access to water requires hard work: hours of walking, waiting in line and heavy lifting.
The time spent fulfilling this basic need keeps many children out of school and prevents women from carrying out all the domestic and income generating work for which they are responsible. In much of the developing world, it is often necessary to walk 10km or more every day to fetch water. In the dry season, it is not uncommon to walk twice this distance. Collecting water can be dangerous too. The traditional method of carrying water – carrying a 20 liter bucket on the head – can damage the spine, causing chronic pain and even leading to complications during childbirth.
Many aid and charitable organizations (some of which have been the focus of our donations in previous months) are working hard to provide wells close to communities. But even when they are operating not everyone is in close proximity to the water source.
Fewer trips to collect water means women and children can spend more time on productive educational and economic activities. The daily burden of water collection undermines productivity, limits educational opportunities and traps households in poverty. Wello focuses on reducing the negative social, economic and health consequences of carrying heavy loads of water over long distances.
By giving people easier access to potable water, the WaterWheel frees up valuable time, and in the process, removes barriers that prevent children from going to school and empowers women to engage in more productive activities. Research shows that when women have extra time, they choose to spend it on activities that boost family income, education, health, and wellbeing. Women with even a few years of education have smaller, healthier families, and are more likely to send their children to school. Female education is a key means of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Have a look at what Wello has achieved in 2013
I could not resist putting in this TEDx talk
The last 2 minutes of this video is a repeat of the animation above.
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