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. We now fund raise to finish off trenching costs, future maintenance and further new projects needed in the area.

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.

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.