Well…. nearly 3 months into the year and not a squeak from the Milgis, but its all happening up there, but just no internet to post blogs..
Talk about opposites…. ‘chalk and cheese’, Modern or traditional or however you want to say, these are two events that took place with in a few days of each other!! !! Jespats Lemoosa’s Wedding and the Milgis secondary school childrens meeting!
Soon after Christmas as I mentioned in my last blog, we had all the 35 children who are sponsored to go to School, by Milgis Friends, gathered at Elkanto for the Wildlife Club ..( thank you to all the people who sponsor these children) Each meeting we have the children spend a few days together comparing notes, as they all go to different schools, and catch up with whats going on in the Milgis area, and then will be given challenges.. This time they went to Latakwen to talk to the residents, and help them collect the rubbish that was blowing around the centre.. tons of it!!.. They willingly did this and even cheered on by the area councillor, I’m happy to say..
Most important of course was the meeting with the manager which was focused on family planning, which the children had mixed feelings about, but when they found that the 5 girls in our program, that had managed to get them selves pregnant were really struggling, (some have gone back to school and leaving their babies with their mothers but 2 others have run for it,) missing this incredible opportunity of going to school.. All the children sponsored by the Milgis program came out of primary school with excellent marks, but come from very poor families, or are orphans, so its a shame!..
We have taken this family planning exercise very seriously and later at the scouts and Lkiramats meetings, (so 65 people, basically from the 6000 square kms that the Milgis covers) Each one was given the task of taking the info, and a few bracelets, and rulers for the schools, back to their communities and they will have to come back with feed back on what the communities say!! should be interesting as the Samburu still believe in big families, but can see that there is a problem with over population..
Now to what was going down the road from Lkanto
This was the amazing traditional wedding of lemoosa!! Talk about two different worlds out there, and you know which one I believe in!! I didn’t like school myself!!! but I suppose somebody needs to represent the Samburu people in the Government! I vote for the girls!.. I recon if the world was run by girls we would be doing better.. but better not tell Lemoosa that he’ll lynch me!.. Jespat was given to me when he was 6 years old.. ‘Heres my boy for you, to do what you want with’ said the father.. He’s been my right hand man ever since, very with it, and a very good friend! This is his second wife!
One could probably say he is the reason we are there, in other words the MILGIS TRUST!
Finally on the Morning of the 26th February we were ‘showered’ with this beautiful sight in the sky!
An old man came to me that morning (actually it was Jespats father) and told me this was a very good sign and that the rains are going to be very good! .. You see how the moon was able to hold lots of water!! beautiful sight isn’t it!! Well the rains are with us and they started with vengeance.. Every one very excited and big smiles all round!
In the mean time just to show you what i’ve been up to in the last couple of months.. SAFARI-ING!!
We call it ‘taking a walk on the wild side’ ……RATHER SPECIAL…. its been fun, and we always feel better for it!!