Wherever they are, people need water to survive. Not only is the human body 60 percent water, the resource is also essential for producing food, clothing, and computers, moving our waste stream, and keeping us and the environment healthy. Unfortunately, humans have proved to be inefficient water users. (The average hamburger takes 2,400 liters, or 630 gallons, of water to produce, and many water-intensive crops, such as cotton, are grown in arid regions.). Water scarcity was an abstract concept to many but has sadly become a stark reality for many in the last few months.
As South Africa experiences its second year of drought, volunteers are collecting tens of thousands of litres of water, dispatching it by truck to the country's driest towns. The current drought has been brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon and exacerbated by climate change.
Water Shortage SA, a spontaneous initiative that sprung up on Facebook, has gained more than 20 000 likes and has already delivered two million litres of water in 20 days, said spokesperson Ray de Vries.
"The organisation has no formal structure and is fast becoming an international phenomenon. The strength of this movement is that it is about you and me getting water together, forming a convoy and delivering to those in need. It has been enormously successful because of the purity of it.
"There’s no money. The model is not, get a few trucks and just deliver water one time. What we want is for South Africans to help others, but consistently keep helping. This isn’t a once off thing.” says de Vries.
The community is motivated to gladly stop by the water drop off points to write a message of hope for people in the drought stricken areas. A raffle for a stunning queen bed base set worth R6000.00 has been donated by Sleepmasters in order to raise funds for the initiative.
If you are interested in donating any of the above mentioned resources (water, hay or a truck) and you reside in the East Rand please find all the necessary information below:
Donation drop off points are as follows – Raffle tickets can also be purchased at these drop off points (raffle draw will take place on the 8th of February 2016 and they cost R50 each):
- 12 Kirkpatrick Street, Brakpan North, Brakpan (Joey 081 451 5226)
- 28 Fairchild Street, Impala Park, Boksburg (Jolanda 083 791 1636)
- 9 Dart Street, Impala Park, Boksburg
- 118 Caravelle Road, Impala Park, Boksburg
If you are interested in starting your own campaign in order to aid this spontaneous initiative, please follow the link provided below: https://thewaterproject.org/water-in-crisis-south-africa