Patrick the Tsavo Elephant Guardian

$277,739 of $300k goal

Raised by 7,461 people in 6 months
Cher Callaway  HERRIMAN, UT
Hello, my name is Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua and I am the Founder of Tsavo Volunteers.  I am asking for your help at this time for the animals of Tsavo. 

It is now very dry in Tsavo and water has become a very precious commodity because there is a shortage of water due to lack of rain. We are not expecting any rain until March and this has got us all very worried of loosing many animals from antelopes to elephants if nothing is done very urgently.
Some years back we lost many animals including elephants due to a prolonged drought. 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.   We have many elephants concentrating in very few water holes fighting to drink water and this has made the smaller elephants lacking water.  They become very thirsty and they end up spending a lot of time and energy walking very far distances with young ones searching for water.

We are asking for people to stand with these elephants until this period is over, that is before it rains.

We will be renting water trucks to deliver 12,000 liters of water at least 4 trips a week.  The distance is 45 Kilometers to where water would normally be to save these animals and we will distribute it to 2 different locations to ease the congestion. Remember it is not only elephants we will be saving.  Each tank will cost $250USD.  Every donation no matter the size is greatly appreciated and thank you for your support.

I have asked Cher Callaway from our US support staff to help me with this project.  You may contact either of us with any questions you may have.
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Update 35
Posted by Cher Callaway
6 days ago
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Hi guys! Patrick has been extremely busy delievering water to the wterholes and also working with the Wardens at KWS on many projects within Tsavo West National Park. The first three waterholes are now completed, No. 55, Hippo pools & Komoboyo. We are now starting 5 more and obtaining quotes for cementing 10+. We are in the process of looking into sustainable water solutions also, as you know this will be a much longer process.

Here is Patrick's story for today:

"Today I went to Southern part of Tsavo west accompanied by the Warden and I was so happy when I found a female ranger committed in safe guarding our animals day in and out. We went up to Lake Jipe as we were looking for other water holes point which we will do from next week. I was so refreshed when my eyes got a glimpse of the Lake Jipe. I dedicate this beautiful photos to my dear friend Cher Callaway for I know she is devastated and probably by looking at this calm lake and giraffes some inner peace will engulf her and bring a little smile amidst roaring sea with huge storms of life. Cher, let your heart be still and experience the calmness of our mother nature!."

Please donate if possible, share with all your groups and tweet. All would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all our donors, past, present and future that have so graciously donated and enjoyed saving the elephants and wildlife on Patrick's watch!
Giraffes in Southern Tsavo West
Female Ranger protecting Kenya Wildlife
Our good friend, Gina visiting Patrick
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Update 34
Posted by Cher Callaway
15 days ago
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Hi guys! 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.

Here is Patrick's story for today:

"I had variety of things I did today. I went to check on the waterholes in Tsavo west and one is already done and we started the second one and later drove through the park to the waterhole that I always deliver water."

Please donate if possible, share with all your groups and tweet. All would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all our donors, past, present and future that have so graciously donated and enjoyed saving the elephants and wildlife on Patrick's watch!
Tsavo West Warden & Patrick
Giraffes in Tsavo West today
Ellies under Acacia tree in Tsavo West
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Update 33
Posted by Cher Callaway
17 days ago
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Hi guys! So, I told you all that Patrick was starting on Monday with the new KWS projects and he actually got a head start and started today!

Here is Patrick's story for today:

"This is our first waterhole and we are making more by next week and building more water troughs!! All my donors keep your eyes opened for after 2 weeks our Water truck will be ready with the water tank. All the resources I have and the ones coming will be maximized fully, and I can't stop thanking all my supporters for you make this happen!"

Please donate if possible, share with all your groups and tweet. All would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all our donors, past, present and future that have so graciously donated and enjoyed saving the elephants and wildlife on Patrick's watch!
Patrick's first waterhole in Tsavo West
Gate entrance to Tsavo West NP
Will hold 240,000 litres-thats 12 trucks
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Update 32
Posted by Cher Callaway
18 days ago
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We have some really exciting news for all our supporters and donors. We now are the proud owners of our own water truck! It is having the tank welded on so we should have it in two weeks!

And Patrick is starting with his first projects in Tsavo West National Park with KWS on Monday., so stay tuned for updates! (I've attached the engagement letter in the photos).

And I wanted to share with you the sweetest comment from a donor.

"Hello Patrick, How are you ? I am Neel, and I'm one month old in this world. I am learning to be a good human being, and to share and care. I am told one can never start learning too early. Thank you so much for fetching water for the thirsty jungle animals.You are a hero. With the help of my parents, I am sending a small donation to help you with your noble task. I pray you get some rain showers soon. Please give the animals in Kenya jungle my love. P.S: I'm excited for my first act of sharing and I hope do a lot more . Love Neel Nayak New York

And I know you are all asking for You Tube Videos and Instagram, please be patient as we listen to your requests and have this on our "Wish List".

And last but not least, Thank you to each and every donor and supporter who have been on this long journey to protect and save the elephants and wildlife on Patrick's watch!
Patrick's New Water Truck
Patrick's New Water Truck
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Chad Cravens
1 month ago

Please create a YouTube channel and post videos of the wildlife at the watering holes! We would love to see the fruits of our donations!

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David Lee
1 month ago

how is this project not beating out all the useless ones you see on this site? he is delivering water!!! the lifeblood to the animals!!!! why are we not funding this more?!?!?! here is my money.

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Jax Harvey
1 month ago

This needs a long term, sustainable solution. Please consider expanding this GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for installing atmospheric water collectors to supply water for these beautiful animals. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-tower-pulls-drinking-water-out-of-thin-air-180950399/

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Cher Callaway
1 month ago

Quick update to all our supporters and followers. We are overwhelmed by your support and donations. Patrick, the ellies and all wildlife Thank you! Patrick is working on a long term solution to this problem to provide water to the animals, please bear with us as we decide what will be the best long term solution.

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Ev Profita
5 months ago

Thanks to my family members who also donated and to Patrick and others who love and support these wonderful animals!

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Mary Smith
3 months ago

Wonderful man Patrick. How quickly vegetation greens after rain. I am very happy the animals have water and food again. Thanks for caring and for your work.

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Cher Callaway
1 month ago

Thank you for all your comments & suggestions. We listen to each and every one of them. Chad, we had discussed the YouYube channel & posting videos or a live stream. We are still looking into this so hang in there with us. Cory. Thanks for your comment. We will be updating you all very soon what our top priorities are. For now delivering water everyday is Patrick's top priority. Please follow our pages and Tsavo Volunteers page for daily photos & updates.

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Tami Calliope
4 months ago

16 November 2016 - I urge everyone in this big beautiful family of love to be aware that the real rains have NOT YET ARRIVED! Patrick must still drive, buy, and provide water for our beloved Elephants and all the other wildlife in Tsavo West. PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE WHATEVER YOU CAN! We must not fail to save these animals in the very last, crucial moments before nature takes over.

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Gloria Murphy
1 month ago

God Bless you Patrick. You are truly a human Angel on earth for all of these precious animals that need water to live. Honestly, I think one day out of the year in Tsavo, needs to be called Saint Patricks Day, because you are truly a gift from Heaven for all of these animals that would DIE without your daily gift of life saving water!

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Cher Callaway
1 month ago

Angela, each water delivery is $250USD. Patrick can manage 2-3 a day, but he needs a rest a few days a week as he is just one man and his driver. Thank you for your inquiry.

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Mavis Laughton
1 month ago

a cost of a dinner could help the animals with their basic needs, worth to do so!!

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Teena Clayton
1 month ago
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I'm so grateful for you and your friends efforts and especially Patrick's hard work. I wish I could do more. For the mere price of one night out, no Starbucks for a month, or a new outfit, it's so worth the satisfaction of knowing we helped just a little...Thanks again.

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Truman Burbank
1 month ago
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Please stop recommending what Patrick et al should do. Absolutely no need to turn this into a tourist trap and bring countless and unecessary people to possibly get in the way of the natural process and all things associated. They have more than enough on their plate. YOU have no idea what they are up against and what the obstacles are...They will figure out what's best and when. Oh, before you slam me...if you see the following video you will find out that Patrick is not a healthy man, yet has undertaken so many responsibilities out of the goodness of his heart and receives no pay. He is on dialysis for kidney failure and has to currently take 1 day a week just to make sure he stays healthy. "People with failed or damaged kidneys may have difficulty eliminating waste and unwanted water from the blood. Dialysis is an artificial way of carrying out this process." Man Drives For Hours Everyday To Do The Most Amazing Thing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs6LJgbeScg&feature=youtu.be

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Mildred Mungroop
6 months ago
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sharing to save them ....... :'(

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Elizabeth Coombs- DiLernia
1 month ago
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Thank you so much for what you are doing. Your kindness is inspiring!!!

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Cher Callaway
1 month ago
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Hi Dominique. We will keep the GoFundMe open for monthly donations. Thanks for your inquiry.

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Cher Callaway
1 month ago
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Thank you for your comment Truman Burbank. We will not make hasty decisions on our goals and dreams to provide the best possible long term solution for these elephants and wildlife in Tsavo West. We are working with the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and will meet with them next week and update everyone after our meeting. We are also buying our bowser as soon as we can so please stay tuned for that update. Thank you guys!

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Ashley Spahiu
1 month ago
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Man Drives For Hours Everyday To Do The Most Amaz…: http://youtu.be/fs6LJgbeScg

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Truman Burbank
1 month ago
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Apologies for the re-post but I included the wrong Youtube video of Patrick in the 1st Post. Here is the video I wanted to include and it is the same video that was just posted in Update 28 by Cher Calaway. Please stop recommending what Patrick et al should do. Absolutely no need to turn this into a tourist trap and bring countless and unecessary people to possibly get in the way of the natural process and all things associated. They have more than enough on their plate. YOU have no idea what they are up against and what the obstacles are...They will figure out what's best and when. If you see the following video you will find out that Patrick is not a healthy man, yet has undertaken so many responsibilities out of the goodness of his heart and receives no pay. He is on dialysis for kidney failure and has to currently take 1 day a week just to make sure he stays healthy. "People with failed or damaged kidneys may have difficulty eliminating waste and unwanted water from the blood. Dialysis is an artificial way of carrying out this process." ------------------------------------------------Unsung Heroes: Patrick Mwalua supplies drinking water to wild animals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVR9FeaEsP8

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Nita B Tellum
1 month ago
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Kindness like this makes the world extraordinary

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$277,739 of $300k goal

Raised by 7,461 people in 6 months
Created September 19, 2016
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Terri Pebsworth
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Thank you, Patrick. Much respect. The world is watching. The world does care.

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Chad Cravens
1 month ago

Please create a YouTube channel and post videos of the wildlife at the watering holes! We would love to see the fruits of our donations!

+ Read More
David Lee
1 month ago

how is this project not beating out all the useless ones you see on this site? he is delivering water!!! the lifeblood to the animals!!!! why are we not funding this more?!?!?! here is my money.

+ Read More
Jax Harvey
1 month ago

This needs a long term, sustainable solution. Please consider expanding this GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for installing atmospheric water collectors to supply water for these beautiful animals. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-tower-pulls-drinking-water-out-of-thin-air-180950399/

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Cher Callaway
1 month ago

Quick update to all our supporters and followers. We are overwhelmed by your support and donations. Patrick, the ellies and all wildlife Thank you! Patrick is working on a long term solution to this problem to provide water to the animals, please bear with us as we decide what will be the best long term solution.

+ Read More
Ev Profita
5 months ago

Thanks to my family members who also donated and to Patrick and others who love and support these wonderful animals!

+ Read More
Mary Smith
3 months ago

Wonderful man Patrick. How quickly vegetation greens after rain. I am very happy the animals have water and food again. Thanks for caring and for your work.

+ Read More
Cher Callaway
1 month ago

Thank you for all your comments & suggestions. We listen to each and every one of them. Chad, we had discussed the YouYube channel & posting videos or a live stream. We are still looking into this so hang in there with us. Cory. Thanks for your comment. We will be updating you all very soon what our top priorities are. For now delivering water everyday is Patrick's top priority. Please follow our pages and Tsavo Volunteers page for daily photos & updates.

+ Read More
Tami Calliope
4 months ago

16 November 2016 - I urge everyone in this big beautiful family of love to be aware that the real rains have NOT YET ARRIVED! Patrick must still drive, buy, and provide water for our beloved Elephants and all the other wildlife in Tsavo West. PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE WHATEVER YOU CAN! We must not fail to save these animals in the very last, crucial moments before nature takes over.

+ Read More
Gloria Murphy
1 month ago

God Bless you Patrick. You are truly a human Angel on earth for all of these precious animals that need water to live. Honestly, I think one day out of the year in Tsavo, needs to be called Saint Patricks Day, because you are truly a gift from Heaven for all of these animals that would DIE without your daily gift of life saving water!

+ Read More
Cher Callaway
1 month ago

Angela, each water delivery is $250USD. Patrick can manage 2-3 a day, but he needs a rest a few days a week as he is just one man and his driver. Thank you for your inquiry.

+ Read More
Mavis Laughton
1 month ago

a cost of a dinner could help the animals with their basic needs, worth to do so!!

+ Read More
Teena Clayton
1 month ago
9
9

I'm so grateful for you and your friends efforts and especially Patrick's hard work. I wish I could do more. For the mere price of one night out, no Starbucks for a month, or a new outfit, it's so worth the satisfaction of knowing we helped just a little...Thanks again.

+ Read More
Truman Burbank
1 month ago
8
8

Please stop recommending what Patrick et al should do. Absolutely no need to turn this into a tourist trap and bring countless and unecessary people to possibly get in the way of the natural process and all things associated. They have more than enough on their plate. YOU have no idea what they are up against and what the obstacles are...They will figure out what's best and when. Oh, before you slam me...if you see the following video you will find out that Patrick is not a healthy man, yet has undertaken so many responsibilities out of the goodness of his heart and receives no pay. He is on dialysis for kidney failure and has to currently take 1 day a week just to make sure he stays healthy. "People with failed or damaged kidneys may have difficulty eliminating waste and unwanted water from the blood. Dialysis is an artificial way of carrying out this process." Man Drives For Hours Everyday To Do The Most Amazing Thing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs6LJgbeScg&feature=youtu.be

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Mildred Mungroop
6 months ago
8
8

sharing to save them ....... :'(

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Elizabeth Coombs- DiLernia
1 month ago
5
5

Thank you so much for what you are doing. Your kindness is inspiring!!!

+ Read More
Cher Callaway
1 month ago
5
5

Hi Dominique. We will keep the GoFundMe open for monthly donations. Thanks for your inquiry.

+ Read More
Cher Callaway
1 month ago
4
4

Thank you for your comment Truman Burbank. We will not make hasty decisions on our goals and dreams to provide the best possible long term solution for these elephants and wildlife in Tsavo West. We are working with the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and will meet with them next week and update everyone after our meeting. We are also buying our bowser as soon as we can so please stay tuned for that update. Thank you guys!

+ Read More
Ashley Spahiu
1 month ago
4
4

Man Drives For Hours Everyday To Do The Most Amaz…: http://youtu.be/fs6LJgbeScg

+ Read More
Truman Burbank
1 month ago
3
3

Apologies for the re-post but I included the wrong Youtube video of Patrick in the 1st Post. Here is the video I wanted to include and it is the same video that was just posted in Update 28 by Cher Calaway. Please stop recommending what Patrick et al should do. Absolutely no need to turn this into a tourist trap and bring countless and unecessary people to possibly get in the way of the natural process and all things associated. They have more than enough on their plate. YOU have no idea what they are up against and what the obstacles are...They will figure out what's best and when. If you see the following video you will find out that Patrick is not a healthy man, yet has undertaken so many responsibilities out of the goodness of his heart and receives no pay. He is on dialysis for kidney failure and has to currently take 1 day a week just to make sure he stays healthy. "People with failed or damaged kidneys may have difficulty eliminating waste and unwanted water from the blood. Dialysis is an artificial way of carrying out this process." ------------------------------------------------Unsung Heroes: Patrick Mwalua supplies drinking water to wild animals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVR9FeaEsP8

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Nita B Tellum
1 month ago
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Kindness like this makes the world extraordinary

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