Aid for Samburu
Aid for Samburu was formed following a BBC2 documentary called Toughest Place to be a Farmer. In the programme Richard Gibson experienced living and working with the Samburu tribe in north east Kenya. The dry and arid conditions mean finding water is an endless quest. On his return home a committee in the village was formed to fund raise for a water project.
Following the programme support locally and beyond has been huge and we regularly hold fundraising events in our part of Devon.
Implementing a project has been a huge task as Mpagas the village Richard lived in is very remote and there is a lack of organisations working in this area. We finally made contact with the Milgis Trust who work and are based in this area. They have successfully established water projects and have water engineers and scouts near to the village. Their holistic approach and understanding of the area meant they were a natural choice of partner. In September they carried out an initial survey and following a meeting with the village it was decided to implement a bore hole/header tank system. This project has three phases and will ultimately serve 1600 people and livestock.
It was at this point that Bray Capital committed a generous sponsorship that enabled us to have sufficient funds to start the project. In February the drilling company carried out their own independent survey and submitted an application for a drilling permit. We are now waiting for them being in a position to travel up to the village to begin drilling the borehole.
“Our hope is that this simple gift of water will just provide them with one certainty in this harsh environment” says Richard. This area was not chosen for the toughest place for nothing!