Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua is known as “the water man” because he delivers water to the wild animals in dry lands of Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park. This gentle man is a pea farmer in his local village, and came up with the idea after seeing the dire effects that global warming is having on Kenya’s land. “We aren’t really receiving rain the way we used to,” he says. “So I started giving animals water because I thought, ‘If I don’t do that, they will die.’”
Mwalua spends every day driving to fill the dry watering holes with life-saving water. Whenever he arrives with a truck of 3,000 gallons of fresh water, the elephants, buffalo, antelope, and zebras come to greet him. “There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans,” Mwalua said. “If we don’t help them, they will die.”
“Last night, I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole,” he says. “When I arrived they could smell the water… They started drinking water while I was standing there. They get so excited.”
Mwalua’s passion was so inspiring that a few American women set up a GoFundMe page for him.
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