(Last Updated On: February 20, 2017)
The drought has hit hard in most parts of Kenya and its not only humans suffering but also wild animals are being affected.
A man by the name Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua has taken the initiative to bring to the animals 3,000 gallons of fresh water everyday. “There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans. If we don’t help them, they will die,” said Mwalua.
He drives for a number of hours down the dusty roads of Tsavo West National Park to the major watering holes where animals like buffaloes, antelopes, zebra and elephants always wait for his truck.
“Last night, I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole,” he says. “When I arrived they could smell the water. The buffalo were so keen and coming close to us.
“They started drinking water while I was standing there. They get so excited.”
Mwalua came up with the idea after experiencing the nasty effects of climate change in his native land that led to very little rains the previous year. He witnessed hundred of animals dying because of thirst.
Mwalua also runs a conservation project called Tsavo Volunteers whereby he visits various local schools to talk to children about wildlife.
When it comes to funding to keep the water flowing, Mwalua gets help from three women in the United States named Angie Brown, Cher Callaway and Tami Calliope. They connected with him through Facebook.
Together the team has worked on a number of projects and fundraisers such getting night patrols to gently scare away elephants to prevent conflict with villagers, getting beehives and now delivering water to animals.
Callaway’s GoFundMe page to help Mwalua fund raise money from all over the world has so far collected over $85,000 against a target of $100,000 (Ksh10 million). The money will be used to rent water truck to move 12,000 liters of water 4 times a week for 45km. If there is extra, Mwalua will get his own truck. The GoFund Me page has since gone viral gaining donations every minute.