Milgis News & why we should all still be nomadic!!

Well finally, thanks to Stella,  I am able to post my own blogs!..  Thank you Stella for setting it all up and finally meeting up with me to show me how to post blogs!!  So well come every one to the Milgis Trust news and I will endeavour to keep you in touch with the goings on in this very remote and special part of Kenya!.   This morning the radio is bubbling with nice news from below Elkanto!!  A brand spanking new Elephant is born, lots of commotion and excitement from the Elephant family and humans watching from above.. PLUS MAMOUTH is back.. Against all odds!!

Dry times..

Dry times..Theres nobody living here now.. They've all moved

Well its a drought up in the Milgis area at the moment

Theres nobody living here now.. They’ve all moved to better pastures, but nothing like whats going on in the Rift Valley!!

They look dead but they are not!!

They look dead but they are not!!

We are looking forward to some rain..

Its incredible when only 5 days walk away I am having to help my mother move as Lake Baringo  has come up nearly 30 or so feet in the last 2 years and my mums house is just about under water!.. As the other picture shows , the guest rooms are already well under water!!

The water level has come come up 30 ft in 2 years

The water level has come come up 30 ft in 2 years

In the old days every one would have moved down to Baringo, reaping the benefits of lots of rain, enjoying lots of graze and browse for their stock, but instead every one is crying that they are losing their houses, and have no where to go to..  The Samburu don’t travel there because of tribal borders!..Yes the modern world is catching up here too.. 100 years ago times were different!

One day my mother found a crocodile sleeping on the concrete bed!!

One day my mother found a crocodile sleeping on the concrete bed!!

the lake just keeps coming up!

the lake just keeps coming up!

Its a funny old thing nature because how ever super human you are you can’t beat it and although its quite hard for my 80 year old mother to upstick and find some where to live, as every one else is, I find it rather wonderful that we can’t do any thing about it, as its nature doing its bit..Luckily for us its not dramatic its just an inche a day, up up up!!

acres of floating Ilsands

acres of floating Islands

As the water comes up the reed beds start floating, and these huge floating Islands get taken across the lake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other news… Milgis School is on for a revamp!    There is exciting talk from VOSS that the Bergums through the Lena Maria appeal are determined to to finish the Milgis Primary School finally!!  The idea is to build the last remaining class room, teachers houses, and a small kitchen..  To re-establish the Solar water system, and to increase the amount,  so that the school can share with the Ilgwe Eldome community , plus do any maintenance that needs doing..  We wish the Bergums luck in all their money raising endeavours in the name of Lena Maria!.. Thank you so very very much..

Zeke from Marwel Wildlife giving the children abit of advice!

Zeke from Marwel Wildlife giving the children abit of advice

An important message in the school office!

An important message in the school office!

Zeke from Marwel wildlife very kindly came up for a few days to spend some time with the scouts and increase their GPS skills amongst other things.. He’s trying to get a clearer count of the wildlife numbers.

We visited the school as well and the wildlife club did a beautiful elephant show for Zeke


trying to establish the wildlife count!.. teaching the scouts the GPS

trying to establish the wildlife count!.. teaching the scouts the GPS

 

 

 

The old and the new.. GPS lessons in the foreground with the scouts and the local Samburu behind busy living their lives!

this woman has been watching this Elephant for months.

this woman has been watching this Elephant for months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Ntasate’.. Was sick for months he did not move from the same place, the woman in green checked on him daily.. We don’t know what was wrong with him, but finally it was decided that the David Sheldrick veterinary unit would come up and dart him to treat him.. So many thanks to DSWT for helping him out.. He is so much better now..

Because his ailment was a mistery.. He was treated with antibiotics, and he seemed to have an eye infection....

Because his ailment was a mistery.. He was treated with antibiotics, and he seemed to have an eye infection….to treat him.. So many Thanks for helping him out.. He’s much better now

Ntasate on his way.. i hope he recovers

Ntasate on his way.. i hope he recovers

The people in Leroyia have a lovely new Nursary school and water in their dam!!

The people in Leroyia have a lovely new Nursary school and water in their dam!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leroiya Community have a new School building ( sorry not a good picture, but up in the left hand corner!) thanks to the Milgis Trust.. The Community kindly choose the eco-friendly way, and have agreed to a makuti roof!!  Very re-freshing as the crazy thing is the trend is horrible hot, ugly corrugated Iron..  They are also lucky to have had a nice rain shower to put some water in the dam.. lucky them!!

Madura in her hand, a rather desperate situation for any one to be in..

Madura in her hand, a rather desperate situation for any one to be in..

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Susanne, and Richard of Wana duma for helping people with genuinely terrible health problems.. These are 3 of the 14 people who have come to us for help because they can’t find it any where else.. WHAT CAN WE SAY… BUT THANKYOU 100 times over.. 

He burn't his hand and it recovered badly

He burn’t his hand and it recovered badly

Was found ready to die, but now has a life..

Was found ready to die, but now has a life..

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6 thoughts on “Milgis News & why we should all still be nomadic!!

  1. So love hearing the news, I can hear you saying Helen and don’t stop sending as you speak. Sorry about your Mum. Has her island been totally submerged? Best love from all in currantly wet Somerset.
    Love DD

  2. Another wonderful report, Helen….and your mum is an exceptionally good sport in relation to Crocs! So sorry she has to leave her Baringo Lake home of many years. But if she’s anything like you – she is a strong kali woman! Thank you for all you do for wildlife and the people of this fantastic land. Yes, the land would be a better place if we would/could be nomadic….the tired lands could rest and regain their strength as we moved to greener pastures.
    All the best my friend, Kat

  3. …..and I love the lady in green watching over her enormous patient, and the good work that DSWT continues to provide to elephants and other wildlife! Kat

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