The Samburu are VERY grateful to PANKAJ!

People were hungry really hungry… this food arrived just in time!..

The People of Samburu really, really are incredibly grateful to TEAM PANKAJ for finding the food, packing it into beautiful waterproof bags, transporting it the 400 kms to Samburu county… Apparently 10000 bags… Out of that 6000 bags x 22 kgs of nourishing goodies which the Milgis had the pleasure of distributing!!…

Smiles and gratefulness .. this bag all 22 kgs off to the top of Suruan! the very top of the Ndotos..

The story!!

The planned destinations for the food that Milgis was going to help distribute!
Here are the lorries arriving in Baragoi… the usually sleepy colourful town.. The drivers were nervous they’ve never been so far north… They had no idea what was in stall.. Baragoi was the easy bit!..
It decided to rain JUUUUUST when we were trying to send the food into the areas that really needed it…

of the first six lorries five made it actually to there destinations that night but one lorry never made it to Urra and spent 3 days on a hill side!! the owner of the lorry was fretting BUT what to do.. Our land cruisers could not move it!

after the first 6 lorries battled we decided because the roads now had been washed away in places, we had to do the distribution in our land cruisers.. There were no 4 WD lorries in the area..

Our pickup and the drivers and helpers worked day and night for 20 days .. loading and unloading hampers..
luckily there were schools to unload the hampers as each landcruiser could only carry 50 bags…
camping out near the bomas to save people walking too far especially as they are hungry and trying to save their livestock..
‘Rhino 1’ as we like to call the Milgis manager was motivated, very keen and excited to be able to help.. For two weeks there was no rest and the team were up at all hours transporting hampers of food, BUT he found great pleasure in dishing it out !! The people were extremely grateful!!
first to call the people together explain where this food comes from and to explain DO NOT LITTER, and while they had the gatherings to talk CONSERVATION!!

the pictures speak themselves from here!!

On the 12 MAY 2022 message from Rhino 1 .. 20 days after the first lorries arrived in Baragoi….

Good morning.we are finally done with the last village.
We covered a total of 5934 as follows
1.nkurnit 300

  1. Loodwa 160
  2. soit Naibor 110
  3. Soit ngiro 109
  4. Mpultekeny 100
  5. Kasipo/Seren/keleswa 444
  6. Arsim 450
  7. Leshet 50
    9.mpagas 100
  8. Keno 100
    11.wuas rongai 350
  9. Loruko 100
  10. Laleta( mobile/fora) 104
  11. Lorok onyekie 50
  12. Nairimirimo 500
  13. Urra 407
  14. Lesirikan 500
  15. Latakweny 500
  16. Loikumkum 500
  17. Nkwe entome 500
  18. Masikita 500
    We’re VERY happy that we got involved in this amazing activity. It was a great experience for us. We came across things we don’t see/hear during our usual trips. The distribution was so timely that people talked and said if this food did not come some people would have died of starvation. Every body was saying this food is ‘maana from nkai’. It came when people were suffering and desperate as their livestock were dying. WE’RE VERY GRATEFUL for this.

In some areas there was way more people than hampers so they divided the food fairly and made sure every one got their fair share..

Some of the hampers were too heavy so they divided the food into other bags..
The donkeys all waiting for their loads.. These had a two day walk home..
People came from far and wide..
some, their donkeys had died in the drought so it was man power.. These ladies are so strong.. 22 kgs!
Mmmmmmmm that’s heavy!!
He’s looking forward to a meal later!!

a message from us all up north… These hampers were beautifully put together to really help the people.. TO EASE HUNGER during this very hard time… Never has anyone up here seen such service.. So from every single person that received a hamper from TEAM PANKAJ, we are EXTREMELY grateful..

4 thoughts on “The Samburu are VERY grateful to PANKAJ!

  1. Hi Helen! I need to get going donating again! Is this food shortage because of a drought or covid (covid relief fund?)? I hope you’re well! All is good in Chicago!

    Kate

  2. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE STORY AND WELL DONE EVERYONE. AS YOU SAY “THE PICTURES TELL IT ALL”. THE WOMEN ALL LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR WONDERFUL COLOURFUL DRESS AND BEADWORK DESPIE BEING ON THE EDGE OF STARVATION. WELL DONE MILGIS, PANKAJ AND ALL TO DONATE TO THIS CAUSE.

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