We are raising $24,000 to purchase, install and maintain four new hybrid water pumps in and around Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. These solar-diesel pumps will provide sustainable and reliable water sources for wildlife and drinking water for local villages. Why these pumps are important:
Hwange National Park, lying an hour south of Victoria Falls, is unique among "Africa's Great Parks" in that it has no major rivers within its boundaries. When this park was created in the 1920’s, its borders failed to include reliable year-round water sources, a major ecological oversight. Ted Davison, the first Warden in the park was faced with a growing number of human-elephant conflicts during Zimbabwe’s annual dry season when thirsty herds migrated outside the park and into surrounding communities in search of water. He thoughtfully established a network of windmill-driven pumps within the park which provided reliable water during the dry season and in turn, kept the elephants and other wildlife from straying into local villages. The wildlife of Hwange flourished under his legacy of protection and year-round water supply. Diesel generators replaced the windmills but now those generators have aged, begun to fall into disrepair and need to be replaced. Modern technology has made solar-diesel hybrids more affordable and the best solution for providing the water resources for both wildlife and the surrounding communities.
We feel strongly about supporting this project; several of us here at Wildland have visited Hwange and the surrounding communities and seen firsthand the need for upgraded water infrastructure. In support of this project, and in collaboration with our partners in Zimbabwe overseeing these conservation efforts, we are running a unique Water for Hwange Safari June 10-20, 2019
. This trip will be co-led by Wildland staff and Mark Butcher, a native Zimbabwean and visionary conservationist who skillfully supports both wildlife conservation and community development in and around Hwange. Guests will be able to see firsthand the impact that renewed water resources will have on the wildlife and communities of Hwange.
You will automatically receive a tax receipt from our Charity partner, PayPal Giving Fund after a donation has been made.Donation Gifts:
To say thank you for contributing to our fundraiser we've made some great thank you gifts. Including, having your name engraved on a plaque that will be on one of the pumps we install.