Following major delays, the drilling rig finally arrived on the 26th October 2015 and hit a massive supply of water at 48 metres. The water is of good quality and the quantity of supply far exceeded initial expectations. Villagers arrived on the scene quickly and allowed the livestock to drink to their hearts content, before the women filled their containers.
There has been a lot of hard work and obstacles to overcome to get to this point, which makes it all the more rewarding. Richard Gibson’s dream of providing the villagers with the certainty of water has come true.
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.