Africa Preview: Samburu Region

The countdown to our time in Africa has begun! We will be spending a little less than two months in the countries of Kenya and Ethiopia, beginning in October. During our time in Africa we will be taking part in a variety of cultural and natural activities.

We plan to spend several days in the Samburu region of Kenya. The Samburu are a tribe, related to the Maasai, with over 150,000 people living in Northern Kenya just above the equator. This is an arid, remote part of the country.

In order to better understand the area, we are partnering with The Samburu Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean water to communities in the Samburu region. From their website:

The Samburu Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that collaborates with communities in developing countries to enhance men, women and children’s daily lives by providing resources that address immediate needs while promoting long term sustainability and self-sufficiency along with cultural integrity.

The Samburu Project´s primary initiative is aimed at providing easy access to clean, safe drinking water to communities throughout the Samburu District of Kenya. This is a community where women and children walk up to 12 miles every day in search of water. Often, this water is contaminated. With clean water, it will become possible to impact other aspects of community life including education, healthcare, income generation and women´s empowerment. With water, development happens.”

The Samburu Project has drilled 40 wells providing clean, safe drinking water to over 40,000 people. We hope to visit several communities and see some of the actual well drilling while we are in the Samburu region. You can learn more about The Samburu Project here and watch their short two minute video below.


We will preview another part of our Africa itinerary next week, so stay tuned!

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