The Hippo Roller Challenge is a wiki travel guide challenge designed to raise funds to buy hippo rollers for rural impoverished communities with limited access to water.
The hippo roller is a large drum that can hold 90 litres (24 gallons) of water and can be pushed along the ground, making it much easier to transport clean drinking water. It's a simple technology that has the capacity to make a huge difference in places where water is scarce.
For more information about hippo rollers, see the official website.
The way this challenge works is very simple: The more people contribute to our wiki travel guide, the more hippo rollers we will donate. There are six milestones along the way, and whenever we reach a milestone, we'll donate a designated number of hippo rollers. Here's how it breaks down:
The challenge will run from November 2 to February 28 March 31 (we've extended the challenge after some gentle arm-twisting from members:)). If we've reach 20 million characters in the wiki travel guide, we will have donated 63 hippo rollers! At US$ 105 each, that's a total donation of US$ 6615! You can check the current number of characters in the guide on the statistics page.
So you want to get involved, right? If you're not sure how to get started, here are a few good starting points:
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