Lene Maria lost her life on Utoyia Island about 11 years ago in the most terrible mass shooting imaginable.. She was just 18 and already putting her mind to helping others, and she started really showing interest in water issues in Northern Kenya.. The Bergum family in her memory started the ‘Lene Maria for clean water’ to follow through with her thinking, and to ease some of the hardships people endure in the land of the Samburu..
The family and many people in Norway have done incredible work to raise money to support this initiative.. Here we are 11 years later… 8 beautiful solar water projects and 1 well.. Patricia has a job! and many people have been helped through serious medical issues..
The people of Samburu are forever grateful for this, and its all because the Bergum family REALLY CARE!
The water projects are in these locations.. Ilgwe eldome, Matepis, Loikumukum, Masikita, Masikita Simiti, Nasiram well, Kasipo, Keleswa and finally Lugga Muran
July 2022, the Bergum family and some teachers from the Olav Duun school ( where Lene Maria attended) came on a special safari together to visit all the projects and see for themselves if its a success!.. and to talk about further work to continue!
Matepes is a settlement on the west side of the Ndotos, and in the beginning they had two very deep and dangerous wells on the Matabauwa lugga.. As the water table goes down so do the wells, and in these sandy luggas the sides can collapse at any time or you can be caught down the well, when a flood comes.. both scenarios actually happened, so the elders and warriors of the community decided to dig a deep well on the more solid bank.. A huge undertaking but they were determined!..
One day on safari with the camels, months later, we were walking past where they were digging, and the elders were extremely enthusiastic, and showed us how it was going.. It was incredibly deep, all dug by hand .. while we were there they asked if we could help put some casing to save the well..
it was a good idea!..
In the end we put together a full water project for them, and here we are with the Lene Maria team to hand it over and to bless the well…
Finally the project we put into Lekeri was not being cared for so we decided to move the whole solar system to Matepis where they promised to look after it! And they sure are.. always in memory of Maria Annette and Lene Maria
From Matepes.. the Norwegians took a vehicle to Loikukukum, Masikita and Masikita Simiti.. They had a wonderful day witnessing the people coming in for water and enjoying some laughs and banter with the communities..
We took a short walk over the hills and watched as an elephant got muddled up in amongst two herds of goats and the camels walking up the lugga!!
Next over the Great Rock pass to Kasipo..
After a wonderful blessing at the Kasipo borehole we jumped into the cars and headed round the mountains to Keleswa..
Our two teachers asked if they could visit a school .. so here we are in Keleswa school..
final push for two days to Lugga Moran in the desert..
Patricia is a very lucky girl.. the Bergums met her in Masikita on thier first trip to Kenya as a young girl.. they have seen her through her full education and she now has a job..
Milgis Trust along with all the Samburu and Rendille people benefitting, are very VERY grateful to all the students and teachers at the Olav Dunn school in Namsos..Norway
its amazing the enthuthiasm!!… The school is together and very motivated.. We gather that the students are working really hard to raise money in support of the projects… A huge array of activities have been arranged, for example some are collecting rubbish, some are fixing punctures, others are singing, theatre, and much much more! all in support for the Lene Maria North Kenya projects..
MAINTENANCE of these water projects is key to our work.. No point in putting a project and walking away!! … Which is sadly the norm in Northern Kenya..
Muko is now in charge of the maintenance of our water projects. He has a motor bike and travels from project to project fixing any problems..
THANK YOU AGAIN and AGAIN from us all.. What you Bergums in memory of Lene Maria have done is incredible..
What a wonderful story, very uplifting. I couldn’t see anywhere to write a comment. Sue xxx