THE SAMBURU ARE A PASTORAL COMMUNITY NUMBERING ABOUT 225,000 PEOPLE.
Their land, covers 13,000 square miles and is located approximately 250 miles north of Nairobi. 1 This area is remote, arid and beautiful. The Samburu, known as the "butterfly people," are recognized by their decorative style of dress, their deep reliance on livestock and a tribal way of life. Traditionally, men graze livestock of goats, cows and camels while women remain in a homestead called a "manyatta" with their children.Known for their beautiful beaded collars, women are tasked with household chores, the most important being the procurement of water.
SAMBURU WOMEN AND GIRLS WALK UP TO 12 MILES EVERY DAY LOOKING FOR WATER.
And often return home to their children with an empty jerry can. If they are lucky enough to find water, it is most likely unclean, originating from gaping, hand-dug wells contaminated by wildlife and livestock. Drinking contaminated water can result in diarrhea, one of the leading causes of death in Samburu. Compounding the severity of this situation, range land resources are less available due to extreme drought. The decline in livestock productivity reduces household income and food security. The lack of clean drinking water affects every aspect of daily life for the Samburu people from health, education, and income generation, to food security, empowerment, and family dynamics.
YOU CAN BE A FORCE FOR CHANGE IN SAMBURU.