Category Archives: Indigenous People

Fifteen Years Old – Empowered by Education

There are many reasons a Samburu 15 year-old girl might need help to continue her education.  She could have never been sent to school or withdrawn from school to tend her family’s animals. After regular school hours, there was a  Shepherd School teaching 95 … Continue reading

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Samburu Rites of Passage: Becoming Man & Wife

Story 2 – Sammy is a Quaker pastor, 32 years old, now a student at Friends Theological College.  He met his partner Damaris 7 years ago while working as a research assistant 120 km from home; they were introduced by his … Continue reading

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Samburu Rites of Passage: Beading, Female and Male Circumcision

The Samburu, a subdivision of Masais living in the semi-arid North Central Laikipia, are very community minded with several practices that foster cohesion.   There is a circumcision ritual Muratare e Layiok about every 14-15 years; all older boys not in the … Continue reading

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Boys Living on the Streets

The 3-4hr Matatu trip from Nanyuki to Nakuru was more interesting because of the Video CD playing Christian World Music. I arrived to the chaos of the Nakuru Matatu stage (station) and was led to a bench in front of … Continue reading

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Goatherd to Ornithologist

Joseph Aengwo, Following a Dream Joseph, a small 10 year old Turgen boy was out herding goats.  He saw a small group of Mzungus (the tribe with the white bodies) pointing and exclaiming. With the interest of a child he … Continue reading

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Water, Living with Barely enough

In Laikipia, my tap water came directly from the river by a hydrolic ram.  My water to wash my body was collected from rain water and heated by an outdoor woodheater.  My water for cooking was also rain water brought … Continue reading

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Susan Lenantare

I met Susan when we went to tryouts for the Kenyan participants to the British Queen’s jubilee.  She was wearing typical Samburu dress and very self-possessed radiating a simple serene presence. My last trip to the bush, I went with … Continue reading

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