In 2013, Dairy farmer Richard Gibson took part in a BBC2 documentary "Toughest Place to be a farmer" in North East Kenya. He experienced living as a Samburu cattle herder in an extremely arid area. Finding water for themselves and livestock dominates their lives. Following the bond Richard developed with his host family he was determined to help with this problem.This led to the formation of the charity Aid for Samburu which is run by a local rural committee with Richard and Heather Gibson. After years of fund raising we were thrilled to be able to visit and open a water project in June 2016. This is a large scale solar powered bore hole with many supply points fed from storage tanks. By managing the overflow from the tanks it was possible to create a small dam for livestock and wildlife. Sustainability is key and we continue to oversee and stand behind it with the Milgis Trust our partners and builders of the project. The completion of this has been very timely with the severe drought continuing into 2017. It is now proving lifesaving and droughts continue to be a major issue. We are now fundraising for the maintenance and running of this project . It is our intentions to do so until the community is ready to take on this responsibility.

There has been a prolonged period of drought but rains finally arrived in the Spring. The borehole is still  delivering large volumes of water for the communities it serves. The Milgis Trust continue to oversee its maintenance but thank fully to date we have had no major issues.

Once more fully supported by our local community and we raised just over £1700 including donations. A big thank you to supporters and all involved in making this once more a real success.

This has now become an annual event that all our locals look forward to. They are totally behind supporting this project. Completely  sold out  and we raised  just over £1550 and all enjoyed a really good night out.

Good to get the shooting fraternity around and beyond Exmoor involved and we  raised over £900 . A big thank you to our nearby neighbour Derck Boldry for hosting the event.  

It has been just about a year now since any decent rains have arrived. In the meantime the water project has really delivered and kept people and livestock alive not only for the immediate area but for well beyond. The warriors have been able to keep the cattle alive by digging up  a large bulbous […]

We understand the drought is really biting now and not only is the borehole serving the immediate community but people and vehicles are coming from miles around to fetch water. Read Gordon and Anne’s report here and see the pictures of their visit.      

As always a fantastic turnout for this event. Our local supporters are really behind this cause and we raised over £1700 along with additional donations. Two of our original supporters Gordon and Anne have just recently been to Kenya and visited the water project. They returned just in time to join us for the night […]

On June 12th 2016 we landed in Nairobi eager to see the village of Mpagas, all involved in implementing the project and the project itself. This was the culmination of over three and a half years of fundraising. This time, as our trip was not under the umbrella of the BBC we could enjoy the […]

Work progressing well on digging / laying pipes to supply points and protecting the borehole.