Milgis activities and where are the rains??

It should be the end of the dry season by now?? .. Its such a tough time for every living thing..  Here its HOT, DRY, VERY WINDY, DUSTY and nothing left for the animals to eat.. Water is hard to find..  The fires rage.. Its so tinder dry they catch so easily… So this cloud on the horizon gave every one great hope just over two 2 weeks ago, it even rained or maybe lets say drizzeled almost all over a few days later for one day, but all its done is exasperated the problem…  We all can’t wait to see the luggas in full flood again.. Its been a very long time, as the April /May rains were very poor.. They keep on telling us this year the rains are going to be more than usual!! We live in hope..

Great excitement end of last month but still waiting…

Great excitement end of last month a cloud burst on the horizon… but as i write this ..  still we wait…

Times like now its hard for every one..  The people are digging deep wells to get to water and then look what happend to this one..

This well was dug by the locals to give their livestock water.. its a lot of hard work!

This well was dug by the locals to give their livestock water.. its a lot of hard work! They even had a go at putting a scar crow to keep the elephants out..

BUT look what our friends did in the night!??? they had a bawl .. How do you tell a tired man that the herd of Elephants were just having a drink, and as they were hot as well, and they had abit of a mud bath as well!!??

At times its difficult to explain why, but Luckily the Samburu are animal people and generally understand..

At times its difficult to explain why, but Luckily the Samburu are animal savvy and generally understand.. They also see the benefits of these gentle giants..

The other morning we were called see what was going on here.. This Elephant was really dragging his front leg..

What on earth caused this was in our minds as we followed this Elephant..

What on earth caused this was in our minds as we followed this Elephant..

We finally caught up with him and he was limping along but we could not see why.. His leg wasn't swollen.. ??

We finally caught up with him and he was limping along but we could not see why.. His leg wasn’t swollen.. ??

Then we followed the trail back to where it started and to our amazement he had some how got caught in this tree, and had a smashing time getting out!

Then we followed the trail back to where it started and to our amazement he had some how got caught in this tree, and had a smashing time getting out!

Our men followed him every day and the limp got less and less, so we decided maybe he had pulled a muscle.. or something like that.. He spent a few days in the same area, resting, but was eating and drinking well,so we let him be… When he felt better, off he went…

Latakwen is a typical sprawling centre with rubbish pilling up all along the fences.. We try so hard to not let it get out of control.. Apart from the awfall sight, animals die every day from eating plastic.. I want to thank our secondary school children for doing this .. We feel its good for them to do it as its so horrible that maybe they won’t chuck rubbish out them selves.. NOT A PLEASANT JOB BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO LEAD THE WAY…

every year the secondary school students go to Latakwen centre and every one from the town is pulled out to clean up..

every year the secondary school students go to Latakwen centre and every one from the town is pulled out to clean up..

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We THANK our secondary school children for this good work and hope you’ll never throw rubbish your selves!!

And now to better things..

Milgis school is a better place now because we have been given an environmentalist  at heart as our head master.. Lentanyishe… We have to thank our government for sending him!! The first thing he insisted is for this signpost to be read every time the students arrive at school.. and of course any one else!

painted by our friend Nderitu, who is so clever at making a point..

painted by our friend Nderitu, who is so clever at making a point..

and this is what he has in his office..

This is the sort of message every school should have in every class room!

This is the sort of message every school should have in every class room!

New Foot ball uniforms for the Milgis School team!!! Weheyeee… Cooool!

I think the Milgis school probably has the smartest dressed foot ball team in the area!! thanks to VOSS Foundation, Ingelin and Kristine!

I think the Milgis school probably has the smartest dressed foot ball team in the area!! thanks to VOSS Foundation, Ingelin and Kristine!  NOW WE SHOULD WIN ALL THE MATCHES?? !!

Who else has a view like this when you play foot ball!!

Who else has a view like this when you play foot ball!!

GO FOR IT!!!!

GO FOR IT!!!!

We thank our friends in Australia for bringing books and pencils to the school and our lot have a small present for you!!…

the kindergarden kids enjoying a new book from Aus..

the kindergarden kids enjoying a new book from Aus..

Lots of crayons, pens, pencils all gratefully recieved by this lot!

Lots of crayons, pens, pencils all gratefully recieved by this lot!

The little kids holding up their presents they want to send to Australia to say thank you!!

The little kids holding up their presents they want to send to Australia to say thank you!!

Finally with the help of our good friends in Norway we are now looking at the future of the Milgis and the our area.. These girls and boys are now in University and Colleges with one goal, and that is to come back to work in the Milgis area..

University and college students.. All thanks to VOSS and Christen Sveas.. These will be the future of the Milgis and for this area..

Here are 5  of the 15 VERY happy kids on their to higher education.. .. WE HOPE that these lot will take over from us when we are tired!

I love this beautiful drawing of the Milgis Lugga!! I'm willing it to be flooded very soon!!

I love this beautiful drawing of the Milgis Lugga!! I’m willing it to be flooded very soon!!

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3 thoughts on “Milgis activities and where are the rains??

  1. What a wonderful blog you write Helen, full of hope and interesting news. I do hope the rain comes soon and the good times will be back for all.

  2. May the rain reign on you all soon my Milgis Queen of passion in all that you do. Your blogs are sooooooo inspiring. Wonderful photos too. Elephants never forget!!! Mud, mud……glorious mud baths!!!

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