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The Tembe Elephant Park is raising money to get a better water supply to the communities on their borders; repairing and drilling new boreholes for a long-term solution.


KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (21 September 2020) – The Tembe community on the outskirts of the Tembe Elephant Park has been without a reliable source of clean drinkable water for the last 10 years. This is due to continued breakdowns in the pipeline that brings water from the Pongola River to the villages of Esicabazini and Sihangwane.

These villages are made up of roughly 5000 people, all of whom have to make a daily trek to collect water. The Tembe Elephant Park has been working with the communities, bringing in water via trucks which is pumped from a borehole.

The team at the Elephant Park have a plan and have launched a crowdfund to make the water available permanently.

“We are planning to sink a new borehole & restore other boreholes near the Park’s Southern border and pipe the water to the affected villages (where many of our staff and their families live). The Tembe community will contribute their labour to dig trenches free of charge, but we need to raise an estimated R250,000 to fund the boreholes, pumps and the estimated 10 kilometres of piping required.”

They set the goal to raise R250,000 and to date, have raised R153,379.54 towards the massive project. In South Africa where water is already a scarce resource, it is great to see collaboration to ease the effort in collecting water.

Some of the boreholes have now been repaired thanks to reaching the first phase of their crowdfunding. They need help raising the rest to ensure more boreholes can be drilled in areas currently without water.

If you would like to assist them in getting water to all the communities in need, you can find out more here.

Sources: BackaBuddy
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