The road from Ndikir to Ngurunit is one of the worst in the district. Last November I drove this road in the dark, plowing through sand that was at times three feet deep. The sand was so deep that it would come over the hood of the truck, necessitating the use of windshield wipers. This
David duChemin and his assistant, Corwin Herbert, are traveling with us in order to document our work, and the conditions of the pastoralists in northern Kenya. Our journey begins at 6 am with a transfer from Nairobi, a quick stop in Nanyuki to pick up the Gumpsmobile, Semeji (BOMA’s security man) and Maina (our mechanic).
Kura and I spent yesterday mapping out our schedule for the north. Since our focus on this trip is to capture as much of our work through the lens of David duChemin, we have decided to concentrate on two villages – Korr and Loiyangalani. We will make stops in Laisamis village to photograph some of
First day in Nairobi and it is an interesting mix of meetings with two large organizations – CARE Canada and the Canadian Embassy. Kura and Sarah meet me at the Fairview for breakfast and once we have my bags packed into the Gumpsmobile we take the short drive to CARE. Wrong office. CARE USA handles
For a couple of years I have enjoyed receiving Facebook posts from Tom Lolosoli, the Secretary of the Samburu East Development Forum. Tom is a prolific writer and each post includes valuable information on community issues in the Samburu East area around Archer’s Post, about 200 kilometers south of Laisamis District. Tom does an outstanding
Yesterday was Haley Feickert’s last day as our January intern in the BOMA office. A senior at St. Lawrence University, Haley has helped us with many projects and her presence has made it easier for me to be away from the office for the next month. One of her most important projects was to update
It has been two months since I returned from northern Kenya with what I refer to as my tropical malady. 7 rounds of drugs later, as well as many rounds of tests, I am finally rid of the spells of exhaustion, chills and nausea that plagued me throughout the holiday season. So today I dragged
Eustace and I departed Rekero Camp after a pleasant breakfast and a tour of the camp by Jackson. The extraordinary amount of game in the region makes Rekero a very special place. In and around this Talek River-fronted camp are hippos, crocodiles and elephants; a leopard was seen in a nearby tree the day we