The Kenya water crisis has affected millions of humans across the region. Unfortunately, they are not the only species in trouble. Thousands of animals can no longer locate fresh water without traveling substantial distances. One man has come to their rescue.
Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua grew up in the region of Tsavo West National Park, in southern Kenya. He is 41 years old and beyond passionate about wildlife.
“We aren’t really receiving rain the way we used to. From last year, from June, there was no rain completely. So I started giving animals water because I thought, if I don’t do that, they will die.”
Mwalua, and now others, drive for hours daily in rented trucks. The roads they travel are rough, and slow. Each truck carries 3,000 gallons of water. Mwalua makes at least 4 trips a week. (source)
The animals greet Mwalua with a hero’s welcome. They have become accustomed to the sound of his truck. Elephants, buffalo, zebras and antelopes enthusiastically begin drinking from holes newly lined with concrete.
Kenya Water Crisis Stirs International Support
Three women, from three different states in the US, have stepped up to help Patrick Mwalua. They met on Facebook and quickly realized they wanted to do something to help.
Cher Callaway, from Utah, has worked on projects in the past with Mwalua. Angie Brown, from Connecticut, traveled to Kenya in 2015. She did not meet Mwalua on her trip, but her heart ached for the animals after her visit. Tami Calliope, from Vermont, was also ready to help.
After these women bonded over the water crisis, they decided to spearhead a movement in support of Mwalua. They knew he needed his own truck, funds to concrete watering holes, and a permanent solution. So, they started a Go Fund Me page.
“So, the journey begins with KWS projects in Tsavo West National Park. Our first waterhole is completed and they started on the second one. We are also working on cementing 10 other waterholes within the Park and looking at several options for sustainable water solutions so bear with us while we sort this out.
The funds donated were up to $265,000. Please consider donating. It’s amazing what four people, separated by an ocean, can do to change the world.” ~ Cher Callaway (source)
Beyond the Kenya Water Crisis
Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua does much more than just deliver water to animals in need. He also teaches children about wildlife and preserving their environment. Mwalua started the non-profit Tsavo Volunteers. This organization strives to save animal species and restore habitats. They provide education in schools to help bring awareness about wildlife and ecosystems. Please check out their website for a full list of ongoing activities and projects.
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