2018 a year with wonderful sun rises, moon and moon eclipses, an amazing line of planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars all in the sky at once in a perfect line, and always the exquisite stars!!!
Stars in the sky and OUR supporters!! THANK YOU ALL!!
This year started so badly with an awfal drought and a huge loss of livestock, huge worries for every one and then the rain comes..
Then the animals from the desert arrived in there hundreds and thousands.. although of course they are welcome they do disrupt an already rather fragile ecosystem..
AND suddenly its all forgotten !!
One thing that is wonderful about living with these pastoral peoples is they never look back.. just forwards .. funny apparently our ‘Douglas’ motto is ‘Jamais arrierre” .. So there you are! … I should have been born a Samburu! So we started with death and sadness and we are finishing with big smiles, as actually we thought the end of the year rains were going to fail, but a lovely December present arrived almost 6 weeks late and the area has been graced with lovely grass growing rain!! HOOOOOORAY!! and thank you nature for always saving the day!
Milgis has achieved so much as well this year.. Nothing would be possible with out YOU ALL.. A HUGE AND VERY VERY GRATFUL THANKS TO EVERY ONE THAT CAME ON SAFARI AND SUPPORTS THE MILGIS, large or small.. Even words!! thanks for every ones comments.. love to hear from you but don’t know how to reply!!
A little update on whats going on!!
We are now influencing the people with our gentle conservation messages in around (of course no borders!,) 7000 square kms.. Our most important message of course is LOOK AFTER WHAT YOU’VE GOT!! The land is not getting any bigger and its already at ‘ SATURATION ‘ point and so you need to keep a check on the human and livestock population.. Our’ Ramate e losho’ ( looking after society) film is really making a difference and people are now THINKING! (see my blog Oct 10th 18..re the film)
This year particularly.. we have really noticed the Elephants settling down, and coming out at all times day and night!
This year we drilled 3 new boreholes.. Kileswa.. very successful … Kasipo.. no water , and Seren we are still finding out.. It has been incredibly challenging trying to find water here!
Lazaro continues to maintain our 14 water projects..
This year we have managed to see 26 children through secondary school and 15 to uni and colleges.. some are finishing this year other will continue.. Those that finish hopefully will get jobs in our area and can keep the Milgis message going!!
We are still supporting the teachers in 6 little nursary/primary schools, some under a tree on the move, and some in eco friendly schools.. Suruan and Noonchura are thriving..
We have encouraged the gov’t schools to get involved in conservation.. Titus spent 6 months traveling all around all the schools talking to the students, about animals and their benefits.. plus what the ‘Milgis’ does and WHY!? The children love these lessons!! At the end, 5 schools were chosen, to attend a debate in Latakwen, where each school gave a show in front of a panel.. it was impossible to choose a winner, as they all were wonderful, so in the end 12 people from each of the five schools were taken on a educational trip to lake Turkana.. THEY LOVED IT!!
We have come across many people ‘ who you cant talk conservation to’ until one deals with their horrible problems!
MEAK have kindly replaced one of our pickups this year!! so we have a very smart new car to carry our patients.. We will be doing a joint eye mission with MEAK in Nachola (hopefully) next year in August.. We feel this will be a great way to help bring peace between the tribes!..
AND WE COME TO THE END OF 2018.. with plenty of enthusiasm and hope!
Seeing the success of the RAMATE e LOSHO film we are hell bent on getting the funding to do a new film on why they need to stop the burning in the mountains and luggas!.. We need funding!!
Although i have to say things have been the best ever this year!! was it because people died in April from floods??
2019….. We head for the Suguta valley and south end of Turkana.. We are involved in a very exciting venture starting in the Suguta valley at the famous volcano Silali, and we intend to walk up the Suguta up to the south end of Turkana, and then over the three mountains Nyiru, Ndotos and Lenkiyou!!.. a proper explore, and filming and documenting of some of the most beautiful amazing country in the world!! We are going with Ken karas, the intrepid naturalist ..
Then from the desert and hot country over Mt nyiru, ndotos, and Lenkiyou
In the mean time the camels will follow us as support as we take porters over the mountains!
SO ALL.. heres to a wonderful Christmas .. We will be out there enjoying all our hard work with the ‘Milgis’!! With Samburu song and camel bells for sounds!!
And well catch up in 2019!…………
Ah Helen, what a fantastic post. Thank you for the amazing photos – so evocative. What an incredible life you lead and what a change you have instigated in the area. I will look at these pics many times. How exciting about the ellies being so chilled. If I had the money I would be back like a shot! Have a wonderful Christmas – what wouldn’t I give to be away from the madness here!!! I shall be in France with my grandchildren, who live right by Lake Geneva. Much love and all the best from the Uk. Jane