Wells on Wheels team with Alexis Kings
On the event of Holi, Wells on Wheels put together a wonderful water wheel distribution event at Village Sangamner, Dindori, to raise awareness for the difficulties of water collection for people living in the rural areas of India. Wells on Wheels hosted popular British band Alexis Kings, who played local and English music for children and families at the festival.
Alexis Kings are a British rock band from London, UK. They started making music in 2015, influenced by bands such as The Rolling Stones and Oasis as well as Hip Hop. Their sound has a classic rock feel with hints of urban influences.
During the event, people enjoyed Alexis Kings, tractor rides, fresh local fruit, and the eco-friendly celebration of Holi. Smaller children from the village were also given gifts and ice cream during the event.
Wells on Wheels put this event together to help show the world the struggle many Indian women and their families have to endure daily to get water. Wells on Wheels Ground team head Ajay arranged this event to help distribute the Water Wheel to families in need. He and his team distributed 69 Water Wheels at the festival, a contribution that will help these families procure water daily.
In many rural areas of India, women have to travel up to two miles a day to reach fresh water and carry it back on their heads. This is a difficult daily practice, as water is very heavy to carry, but some families in rural areas must adhere to it. This can trigger a problematic cycle of poverty for families, who have to put in such great effort for their basic needs.
Water is the source of life, and people should have regular and easy access to it.
Mr. Shaz Memon and his team at Wells on Wheels introduced the Water Wheel, designed by Wello. It is a large round water drum made to carry water easier. It is made out of a food-grade human-safe high-density polyethylene, is completely leakproof, and holds 45 litres of water. It can be rolled along the ground for easier transport.
It can hold five times the amount of water as a bucket. That way, women don’t have to carry all that weight on their heads and spend hours a day making a journey for water.
Wells on Wheels encourages women and girls of India to pursue better things with their time, including work and education. Many younger girls and children also carry pails of water back to the village. Often, pregnant women embark upon this daily journey as well.
With the Water Wheel, one person can easily carry five times as much water, without risk of hurting themselves. The effect of carrying all that water weight overtime can have a drastic negative impact on the back and neck, leading to possible chronic pain or musculoskeletal issues. Additionally, this allows younger girls and children to play, study, and live better lives.
By reducing the amount of work women and young girls do daily, the Water Wheel can lead to a better quality of life, allowing women to focus on more important aspects of their life. Wells on Wheels aims to support the growth, education, and equality of women in India, as well as finding a solution for rural villages to have water.
Shaz Memon is the founder of Wells on Wheels, aiming to promote growth in such communities. Shaz states, “I want to make a difference for at least 10,000 homes. My team will personally be delivering the wheels to families in need. Who is with me?”
Learn more about Shaz Memon and his team at Wells on Wheels by visiting https://www.wellsonwheels.co.uk. You can also stay up to date by following them on Instagram at @wells.on.wheels.