As a pea farmer, Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua of Kenya knows the importance of water. And after months of intense droughts across Kenya and other parts of Africa, Mwalua became worried about more than just his crops. His thoughts turned to the animals who call Tsavo West National ParkÂ home. He decided he had to do something to keep the park's residents, from buffaloes to elephants to rhinos, hydrated and happy.
"From last year, from June, there was no rain completely," Mwalua told The Dodo. "So I started giving animals water because I thought, 'If I don't do that, they will die.'" So he beganÂ driving hours to deliver truckloads of fresh water to the barren watering holes.
"The truck is heavy and doesn't go very fast," he said. But he sees how desperately the animals need a drink of water, and continues making the drives.
Keeping The Deliveries Going
Generous people from around the world have been helping Mwalua ensure he can keep his important deliveries going. A GoFundMe page has received substantial support toward his goal of renting water trucks to make deliveries of 12,000 liters of water, four times per week, to two locations.
"Elephants are becoming endangered from poaching and we need to save the ones we have left by providing water for them until the drought peril is over," Mwalua writes.
Another Way You Can Help
Mwalua spends whatever free time he has left helping his region with an organization he started called Tsavo Volunteers.
According to the organization's website, it provides conservation education and nutrition programs in local schools, along with its main mission of offering a volunteer option for those who want to visit the region and help out. Volunteer tasks include identifying birds and patrolling the sanctuary to make sure the animals are safe.
Tsavo Volunteers is always looking for volunteers, both in Kenya and from afar, and for financial support for its mission.