The Aid for Samburu Web Site has been launched
Just watched your amazing programme on BBC2. Felt compelled to track you down in order to make a donation. As a self employed family we had just spent the day feeling pretty miserable that we are struggling to take a family holiday this year due to our work commitments. Watching you and the incredible lives of the tribe you visited really hit home to us how privelaged we are. We really hope you are able to raise enough and make a huge difference.
Watched the programme tonight & really enjoyed it! So inspiring for all. I would like to share on Facebook, but the link does not appear to be working – is this just a technical hitch?
I hope it can be shared soon. I live in Devon in a rural farming community & I think this show will be “heartwarming” (but I don’t want to sound patronising to our farmers who are having a hard time in our country), as it shows how different the worlds farming community is, and although their problems are different (too much rain v too little rain), the consequences can be devastating in both countries.
(I hope this makes sense – I’ve just re-read it & I’m confused!!!!!)
Thanks for pointing this out. You will now find that the facebook link is operating.
I was so moved by the programme last night and would like to send a donation for the well project please can you give me details of how to do that?
On the top bar of our web site you will see a donate bar. Just click on to it to find our donate section.
Here we detail the three ways of making donations. If you wish to donate by just giving just click on the logo.
Hope this helps and thank you.
Just donated …
Hi Richartd and all. Having watched the documentary with my brother Paul i felt compelled to say a few words and pledge some support in aid of the Samburu farming community.
One thing that made me laugh (yes laugh) was when the head honcho asked if you had to protect your cattle from Hyenas and or lions. My immediate thought was of the Supermarket giants and the poor price of milk you get as a result of these systems. I felt you had your own hyenas and lions and that these were them. I think he would have been interested to know your own struggle. This aside they do have it harsh to say the least and my heart goes out to them coming from a farming family in Herefordshire myself. So i will be donating in the hope that we can asist in some small way.
Any way great programme and very informative. All the best Mark Jickells – Herefordshire.
I’m a amazed by this program in the way it had me so emotional and distrought for the farmers of kenya. But at the same time I had greatest respect for there day to day struggle and hard work! Water is the main thin which can better there life and believe a mention at the end of the program detailing how to donate to the village for a well was needed! I will be donating! I
We would of loved to have a mention of our charity at the end of the programme and tried hard to make this possible. Unfortunately this was against BBC policy . As a result our web site designer John has done his utmost to improve the search engines etc and has done an amazing job for which we are really grateful.
Hello, I would like to donate but can you just let me know how the money will be overseen to ensure that the money go to the Samburu farmers and that a source of water will definitely be installed? Sorry to ask but I am pushing the boat in order to be able to donate. Thank you.
As farmers we have had to be careful with our finances to survive. Since we feel so passionate about this cause the donations will be used for the project and not admin. We are well aware of corruption in Kenya and are having continual advise from other Charities about overcoming this and other pitfalls. Additionally we have quotes from reputable Companies/Charities that ensure us that our target of clean adequate water IS achievable. The whole process has given us good contacts to guide us wisely. This is our best guarantee and believe me we WILL do our BEST.
Thank you for raising such a good point.
Hello! My wife and I watched the programme last night and we felt genuinely inspired. As a former dairy farmer myself I know all too well how tough a life it can be at times; but seeing the desperate struggle of the Samburu people’s daily fight for survival contrasting so sharply with their humility and gratitude was deeply humbling.
Thank you, Richard, for bringing this to our screens and for conveying the situation with such sensitivity and realism.
We’ll make a donation to the charity through PayPal and would like to wish you all the very best for your endevour.
Matt and Nicky Williams
Brilliant programme we dont realise how lucky we are.
Have donated looking forward to seeing the results
Totally absorbing programme, just makes you realise how precarious life is in other parts of the world. Good luck with your efforts to raise money to provide a source of clean water for these very tough, resiliant people. If there were to be money left over, would a another well be provided elsewhere ?
Have left a donation via PayPal.
Good luck, Chris & Moya Womack
Any funds that are left in surplus will certainly be going to the Samburu or further water needs .
Very touched by the programme and would like to do something to help. Like other respondents I want to be sure this goes directly to the farmers and is not absorbed in high admin costs/ corrupt local officials.
In order to measure the amount of fund raising required, can you provide an indication of cost of providing a source of clean water by way of a bore hole/pumping equipment/energy source(presumably solar) etc. Would there be any adverse impact on the local environment in installing – for example, through the diversion of underground sources impacting on other communities?
It seems an immediate short term minimal cost solution would be the provision of some basic digging tools, pending installation of a bore hole – can this not be done now?
Please see our reply to Joys post on 19 th March as regards admin and corruption.
At present we are taking advice on prices (circa £20,000). Costs are high due to the remoteness , drilling deep into bedrock plus there will be maintenance and security issues(solar panels can get stolen).
Another possibility we have come across is to build a reservoir/bund to collect any rains and flash floods ( it will be big). This has the advantage to supply more villages in the area and just as importantly their livestock by piped troughs. It is even suggested to provide a shallow area for elephants to drink to stop damage they can inflict.Also when in situ there is no maintenance and security issues. Approx cost here is £30,000 .
Obviously site choice is critical. We are having meeting with Charities about the different options in the next few weeks and cost effectiveness. Any adverse impacts will be thoroughly researched.
Digging with a bucket (as opposed to a spade) I felt was easier as the spoil needs to be deposited away . from the well. This is more relevant as the well becomes deeper as they can be up to 12 feet deep.
Just caught the programme on Iplayer, and felt inspired to contribute towards helping the Samburu.
I’m interested in being kept up to date with how much progress the charity makes (when the well is installed etc.). Is there any way to track the achievements (ie how close to the target of £20K/30K has been raised?)
Congrats to Richard on being a superb ambassador for British agriculture!
We are currently updating our face book page with updates on progress to reach our target. Click on the face book link on the top of our home page. We will clearly have to think about making this information available on the web site.
I have been showing ‘Toughest Place to be a Farmer’ to my Year 10 groups this week as part of their ‘Wealth and Poverty’ topic for GCSE. We are at Tiverton High School and this was of particular interest to us as we are also in Devon (down the road in fact!) and have a Swahili speaking Kenyan in the department! The kids have watched with respect and thoughtfulness so, apart from anything else, you have helped to raise awareness of some interesting issues. We are considering whether we can do anything, however small, to help in a practical way.
So pleased you found this interesting and informative.
We would be very grateful if you could help us in any way. Richard would also be happy to share his experience with the class and his time with the Samburu as they left a lasting memory.
Always good to receive local support.
Thank you for all the efforts for launching the website, I have donated some money for the Samburu tribe, so that they can provide a well as “Richard Gibson” said on the TV that he is planning to help the tribe. I have been touched by the effort he is doing through in order to raise the money, and thanks to the website which is helping me to achieve my goal in donating some money specifically to Samburu tribe.
Hope the funds are reaching the tribe.
Thank you for your interest and donation. We are taking advice on the best way forward on the water issues the tribe are facing . At present the preferred option is to construct a reservoir. This has many advantages over a well/borehole these being:
1. Simple to construct.
2. Supplies water for people( beyond the village of Mpagas) and their livestock.
3. Very limited maintenance and security issues.
4. Would provide water for the wildlife.
Early days but still investigating this option.
Hi Richard and heather, I live up the road in west anstey, but work in the relief and development sector for an NGO- am always hearing about you guys, and loved the programme so much. I would love to chat some time about what you are doing. Have you talked at all about community led total sanitation? Ie allowing the community to make decisions on best ways of accessing water and sanitation as well, – I realise the samburu are nomadic and that there is conflict over scarce resources – so am thinking the location of the water point has to be carefully thought through, as I am sure you are doing. If you want putting in touch with our local partners in the region let me know. But more than that , would love to chat more. I am a Swahili speaker and could really see how much lemergichu thought of you- it was lovely to see. You did so well at demonstrating the vast gaps AND the similarities between the samburu and the east ansteyu… Well, I for one, really wept. We are planning a fundraising event for the school ( east anstey) this summer- maybe we could collaborate ? Ok sorry for really long comment will stop now !
Hello Richard and Heather, have a good party tonight don’t let showbiz go to the head. Great website will be in again in a couple of weeks as promised have stole some housekeeping money from the wife so will be in with it.
Keep up the good work spring is on its way Rob D
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