ALTHOUGH SADLY NOT A GREAT START… Just to give you a birds eye view of the start of this year…
So many ups and downs…
In my last blog I was so thrilled as the rains had finally arrived, BUT sadly they were VERY short lived, weak, and patchy so now we are back at square one struggling with the situation… What a shame.. BUT as I’ve said before and will say again the pastoral people will ‘change gear’ again.. you know the saying “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”..
Well that’s how it is..
A few photos to show the situation, and then we move on swiftly!.. We have seen thousands of cattle moving here there and NOWHERE.. its terribly hard.. On one occasion we came across over a thousand in single line walking south, putting one foot in front of the other, looking for pasture but we knew, and the heart broken warriors with them knew, there was no where better than where they were… And this is the result.. Many thousands of cows have died..
Here below, we are so desperate for rain and we still are battling with people burning.. there’s always one person that doesn’t care..
When will we learn NOT TO DESTROY OUR NATURE that we live off???
Look at this Aloe destruction.. We are coming across so much of this kind of callous uncaring harvesting.. .. Who’s buying it?? No care for how its harvested … NOT ONLY ALOES, BUT THE SANDALWOOD EXTRACTION FROM THE MATTHEWS FOREST CONTINUES UNABATED..
OK.. enough of that…
On A MUCH MORE POSITIVE NOTE.. Snippets of news from the last 3 months..
Here we are out in the desert, east of Ndonyo Mara.. a few months back we showed this bore hole being flushed out… Its taken quite a time to get the materials together BUT finally here we are… Our amazing team have been working hard to put a BEAUTIFUL solar water project in!…( Lene Maria) and finally out comes the water.. MAGIC!!..
While we were there we met most of our new giraffe team.. a dedicated and fearless lot to protect the giraffe in the desert.. Today, I just received news from the team that 12 giraffes are back here in this area where they know they safe..
Mean while back on the Milgis lugga, whirlwinds bring us hope for rain!..
Kasipo now has a beautiful new water project.. (Lene Maria) Every one very very grateful..
We have decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and get Braithwaite metal tanks as the plastic drums are falling apart and of course they are against our Milgis goal.. Here we are at another water project at Mikenya …
Talking of troughs!! KASIPO..
All these 3 projects are in memory of a lovely girl called Lene Maria from Norway… (Lene Maria for clean water) We are incredibly grateful to the Bergums and all their friends.. There are many people in Northern Kenya that thank you EVERY DAY!
One of our scouts pointed out a wonderful secret natural hole in the rock.. Only problem it was full of plastic..
Another very young elephant abandoned by its mother up here in the steep hills near Ngurnit.. a very difficult rescue .. thanks to Reteti, Andrew Francombe and KWS.. BUT too sad as she died 3 days later , which broke our hearts.. It turned out that she had 2 broken ribs that had punctured her lung..
Our tractor team is going full bore.. Desilting all the dams ready for the up coming BIG rains!!…
For the last 3 months we have been out on safari… I finish with a few nice photos… ( I have had lots of noise from Pete about taking pictures at an angle, but I thing it will keep your head exercised!!)
We’ve walked a very long way..
PLEASE PRAY FOR REAL, DRIVING, LUGGA FLOODING RAIN, EVERY ONE… to what ever ‘god’ you like! Northern Kenya is floundering under the pressure of drought, after nearly two years of very weak precipitation..
Wonderful post Helen and my heart too breaks for little Aldera after so much…
And breaks for all the cattle dying from the drought and the destruction too.. but there is hope with you there to bring news to us all far away. And you do so much for them all and that magical place.
Did you ever think about sand dams for some of the luggas?
Hope you and Pete are well and hope to see you in Kenya sometime this year.
Big hugs and love from us all
Anthea and Richard xxxxx
Anthea, Im so sorry I just have no idea how these blogs work but thanks for always reading them and I don’t even know you’ll get this but JUST to SAY A BIG HI!!! lots of love ….