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.

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

The Aid for Samburu Web Site has been launched