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.

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

The Aid for Samburu Web Site has been launched