AID FOR SAMBURU was formed following a documentary on BBC2 in March 2013 called "Toughest Place to be a Farmer". In the programme Richard Gibson a dairy farmer from Devon experienced living with the Samburu tribe in North East Kenya. Their farming revolves around herding cattle/goats in a very arid region. Water is a massive issue for themselves and their animals and drought can leave them destitute. Following the programme the charity has raised funds for a borehole with a network of tanks, pipes solar powered pumps and supply points to support approx 1600 people and livestock. This intends to be completed in 2016 following the drilling of the bore hole on 26th October 2015. We now continue to fund raise for further sustainable projects within the community and for the ongoing maintenance of the present water project.

Saturday 20th August  Oakford Village Hall  7.30pm Post Code  EX16 9ER Informal evening with tables of 6 to 8 . Please bring your own drinks/no bar/free admission/raffle/donations welcome. This is very much a social evening so that you can all see what your generosity has  achieved. Thank- you! Please ring Heather on 01398 341348 to […]

We continue to fund raise for ongoing maintenance and for some added features that have greatly enhanced the project . Brilliant to see the water custodians manning the site 24/7 and a livestock/wildlife dam made by creating a overflow during the day.

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

Following major delays the drilling rig finally arrived and hit a massive supply of water at 48 metres. This is about 8 to 10 times more water than required for our project. The water is of good quality. The villagers were quick to arrive on the scene and the thirsty livestock enjoyed the water first […]

On the 4th/5th February the drilling team went to Mpagas and conducted their drilling and environmental survey. Once the official report is back we will get a timeline for the rig to head up to site. Here are the pictures of the visit.    

The Borehole Survey which included a meeting with the villagers to discuss their needs was carried out on 13th September 2014.

Aid for Samburu featured in the Media Toughest Place to be a farmer was screened on 17th March 2013 on BBC2. The programme on Richards adventure in a remote area of Kenya led to the Charity “Aid for Samburu”. Click to see the Farmers Weekly article. Reporter Rachel Jones from Farmers Weekly interviewed Richard for […]

Richard meets Lemergichen who hosted his stay in Samburu.

Richard with the Samburu men before rounding up the cattle to move on