Precious Water

Monday was Blog Action Day! I want to call attention to hipporollers, which easily transport 24 gallons of precious water.

In church on Sunday, we focused on the preciousness of water and how we who have can help those who don’t have enough clean water.


We had beautiful, clean water decorating the pulpit, yet more than three million people die each year because they don’t even have clean water to drink.

Children practiced carrying and rolling a five-gallon bottle of water. “Imagine if you had to carry this water all the way from the Floyd River!?” the children were asked. It seemed impossible. The hipporollers will help.

This month we will collect money to buy hipporollers for the Maasai people in Kenya.

All the photos of hipporollers above are from this collection by Project H Designs: Hipporollers.


11 thoughts on “Precious Water

  1. Denise,
    It’s so nice when there is something others can do to help with such an issue. The fact that kids were able to feel the weight and see the problem that way is powerful. I like how it’s such an easy idea! I hope you collect the money you’re shooting for!

  2. Thank you, Joy! Yes, it is nice to have some way to help. I have been thinking much more about the water I used this week. I think we will be able to purchase many hipporollers!


  3. Denise,
    Hello! My name is Nancy Nelson. I attend the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Al. I am taking a class, Edm 310, which has assigned your blog to me to comment on. I am required to read two of your blog posts and comment on them. In a few weeks I will then post these comments and a short summary of your posts on my blog at, I am so happy that your church has opened their hearts and pocketbooks to help these people who are suffering. I have never heard of hipporollers and I beleive they are a blessing to whomever uses them. Having the children of your church experience the weight of the barrels is a great way to get them more involved. Did any of the adults in your church do the same? I hope that your church will raise the money to provide hipporollers to those who desperately need them in Africa. If you want to contact me, please do at my twitter @NancyN91 and through my blog.
    Thank you, Nancy Nelson

    1. Nancy,
      It’s nice to meet you! I will look forward to connecting with you during your class at University of South Alabama. I’m so glad you are working on becoming connected educators.


      1. Mrs. Krebs,
        I enjoy my class very much and I like that my professor, Dr. Strange, is making his students explore the idea of being a connected educator, as you say. Thank you for your blog and your posts, they are very interesting. Please visit my blog I have finished my C4T assignment, comments for teachers. I have published a summary of two of your blog posts in my blog. I hope they are up to par.
        Thank you, Nancy Nelson

  4. Hi Denise,
    It is so easy to take something like “water” for granted. Collecting money for hipporollers is such a worthwhile endeavor and I hope your church is successful. We’re starting a human rights unit in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll be checking out how difficult it would be to carry five-gallon jugs of water. Thank you for the great idea.
    Your friend,

  5. Thanks, Kris! Glad to inspire others talking about clean water. Certainly one of the most important human rights of all!


  6. Hi Denise,

    I see that one of my students left a comment, you replied and she replied. When she tried to leave a comment on your previous post (and the one before that) the Leave a Reply button didn’t work. I am here now trying to figure out why. Does Edublog have a time cutoff for comments? Or maybe you have a limit of 9 comments? Or maybe something else. Any help in solving this riddle would be appreciated. You can Tweet me @drjohnhadley or email me at

    Many thanks,

    John Strange
    University of South Alabama

  7. John,
    Thanks for asking. I had actually changed the comment settings to have comments close in 30 days. Today, however, I extended it to 90 days, as 30 does seem like a short time to have a conversation! 🙂


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