The Samburu Project
The Samburu Project provides clean, safe drinking water to communities in Samburu, Kenya primarily through the drilling of shallow wells. Since 2006, The Samburu Project has drilled 40 wells bringing clean, safe drinking water to 40,000 people. Beyond water, The Samburu Project’s well communities have created agricultural initiatives, nourishing themselves and generating income.
The Samburu Project is a community-based, grassroots organization that works directly with the people of Samburu, addressing their needs as they have identified them. With The Samburu Project’s Project Manager, a local tribesman and community leader, the organzation is cultivating locally led leadership and the opportunity to make the best decisions for this indigenous community. To successfully implement projects, The Samburu Project CBO mobilizes the community, works alongside a hydrogeologist to identify potential well sites, oversees the drilling and installation of wells, and trains communities on hygiene, sanitation and well maintenance. By providing the critical foundation of access to water, The Samburu Project makes further development possible.
The Samburu people are traditionally nomadic pastoralists who live simply without modern conveniences like electricity, cars and running water. Their economy is based on the barter system, raising and trading livestock rather than currency, so access to currency is often limited.
For more information, visit www.thesamburuproject.org.