The Samburu Water Project


‘’Water is life’’


The history


Kristen Kosinski was interested in assisting in the empowerment of women in indigenous communities. In Samburu, Kristen met a respected Samburu woman named Mariamu Lekwale, "Mama Mussa," who introduced her to hundreds of Samburu women.  It didn't take long to learn that the main issue for Samburu women was water.  Again and again, the same story was repeated; women spend their entire day, every day of their lives, searching for water. Girls do not attend school because they are expected to assist their mothers in the quest for water.

 
Entire communities suffer from disease because the water they are drinking comes from gaping hand-dug wells that are contaminated due to the faecal matter of livestock and wildlife. Simply stated people were sick and dying due to diarrhoea caused by water-borne diseases. Every aspect of the Samburu communities was impacted by this problem; but as women and girls are tasked with procuring water, this problem impacts their life in greater proportion.
Hearing the struggle that Samburu women face due to their lack of access to clean drinking water was the impetus for starting The Samburu Project.
Together, Kristen and Mama Mussa drilled the initial four wells before Mama Mussa passed away in 2007.  Kristen Kosinski continued working with the assistance of Mama Mussa's son, Lucas Lekwale.  They drilled another 75 wells through 2015 when Kristen resigned her position as Executive Director.
The organization welcomed its second Executive Director, Linda Hooper early in 2016. Linda continues the legacy of these two extraordinary women through the work of TSP today.


The Need


The lack of access to clean water is an unimaginable and extraordinary problem, one that keeps the Samburu people in a hopeless cycle of poverty. With 100 wells and counting, The Samburu Project offers a simple solution to that extraordinary problem.


AirKenya‘s Impact


The Samburu Project is proud to receive sponsorship support from AirKenya. Winner of numerous eco-tourism awards, AirKenya has joined forces with TSP to fight the world water crisis by supporting TSP work with flights to this remote, beautiful region.
 Since May 2018 – December 2019, with support from AirKenya, The Samburu Project has drilled another 22 wells in the Samburu region of Kenya and is currently embarking on drilling another 12. By June 2020 TSP anticipates a total well count will be 122.
The impact on the health, education and women’s empowerment to the Samburu community is reflected on the approximately 20,000 new people who now have access to clean water, and who are no longer walking great distances in search of water.
As a result, more children than ever are attending school, education for girls especially has doubled in these well communities! Women are starting small businesses, growing food for consumption and sale. Death due to waterborne disease in TSP well communities for children under 5 has been eradicated.
By providing complimentary flight transportation to Samburu for 25 TSP staff and board members, it is estimated that an equivalent of $10,000 has been re-directed toward program expense over the sponsorship period.
This success story is made possible as a result of the partnership between the Wells Project and the partners at AirKenya.