#WATWB: Saving Wild Animals from Dying of Thirst

Posted: 2017/06/30 in Blogging
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As the earth’s climate continues to change and the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable, the wild animals suffer the most. Devastating droughts after devastating droughts have turned East Africa into a scorching hell for both animals and people. However, being unable to buy food or water, and consistently neglected in the drought mitigation strategies laid out by governments and NGOs, the wild animals of East Africa face a dark, thirsty future in which the horror of total extinction is possible.

Today, for the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB, I share with you the heartwarming story of one extraordinary PATRICK MWALUA, a Kenyan pea farmer, who drives through 70KM of dusty road in order to provide drought-stricken wild animals with fresh water.

The video of his interview is found HERE.

The following synopsis and images are from  The Dodo.

‘In a land as parched as Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park, no visitor arrives with more fanfare than the water man.

That would be Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua. And when he rumbles down the dusty road bearing some 3,000 gallons of fresh water, the elephants, buffalo, antelope and zebras come running.

They’ve come to know the water man by the rumble of his engine. And his lifesaving cargo.

Mwalua fills the bone-dry watering holes in the region, driving for hours on end every day to haul water to where it’s most desperately needed.

The holes themselves, lined with concrete, often need cleaning – Mwalua blames it on buffalo droppings – and sometimes, he will just hose down an area of cracked earth for the grateful animals.

Mwalua, who is a pea farmer in his local village, came up with the idea after seeing firsthand the grim toll climate change has taken in his native land. In the last year especially, he says, the area has seen precious little precipitation, leaving animals to die of thirst in these cracked lands.

“We aren’t really receiving rain the way we used to,” he says. “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.'”‘

This is the fourth celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are Michelle Wallace, Lynn Hallbrooks, Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen, Sylvia Stein, and Sylvia McGrath.

 

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To sign up for We Are The World Blogfest, please see the guidelines below.

~~~GUIDELINES~~~

  1. Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news  about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
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Comments
  1. Susan Scott says:

    Respect to the Water Man Mwalua, Peter thank you for sharing this inspiring story. Here’s hoping and praying the rains come soon …

  2. hilarymb says:

    Hi Peter – yes thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story with us … and to see that Patrick needs dialysis too … quite extraordinary … and to know that someone cares for wildlife – love it – cheers Hilary

  3. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful man. He truly understands that we are all on this planet together.

  4. Ally Bean says:

    This man is an inspiration and a life saver. Who would even think of doing something like that? An amazing story that I’m sorry hasn’t been picked up bigger news outlets.

  5. What a beautiful inspiring story!

  6. Man destroys and man lends a helping hand– I don’t know why more people can’t be like this man. Such a kind soul.

  7. simonfalk28 says:

    Patrick the water bearer. Beaut to know the creatures respect his care and wait. Nature still has its way and Patrick seems to be a tune with it. May his work be supported. Thanks, Peter Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

  8. Such an amazing story! Patrick has true respect for all creatures great and small. Thank you so much for sharing this story. #WATWB

  9. Such an inspiring man and his love for helping these creatures is beautiful and so compassionate. He is such a kind person.

  10. another amazing story Peter of a human being who cares! I had no idea it was that bad! I pray that his efforts will be supported by everyone including governments and relief agencies. This is our garden!! We are all responsible. I am going to try to find out more. Thank you for sharing this inspiring person with us.

    • Peter Nena says:

      Cybele, you are so wonderful. Thank you.
      East Africa used to be prone to droughts. But these days they are harsher, more frequent, and they last longer. The rewards of human ambitions, I guess.

  11. What a wonderful, inspirational man! I am so glad that he thought to do this for the animals. Thank you for sharing this, Peter.

  12. […] I co-host the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity. This monthly event has brought smiles on the faces of a lot of participants and their audiences, and somewhat restored their faith in humanity. Here is a great example. […]

  13. Miss Andi says:

    What a lovely man, very inspirational! Would love to help him in some ways!

  14. Patrick is the MAN!

  15. Thats so great work done by him for the welfare of animals. Not every one can think like this. Salute to this man. #WATWB

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