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Causes: Civil Rights, Economic Development, International, International Development, Microfinance, Public Utilities, Rural Economic Development, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: The Samburu Project was founded on the promise of delivering access to clean water. Along the way, we discovered that water does so much more than we imagined. With clean water, families grow their own food, girls go to school and women empower themselves through small businesses. Water helps communities grow, learn & thrive. The mission of the project is to collaborate with communities in developing countries to enhance men, women and children's daily lives by providing resources that address immediate needs while promoting long term sustainability and self-sufficiency along with cultural integrity. The project is a community-based, grassroots organization working with the people of the Samburu tribe, 425 kilometers north of Nairobi.

Target demographics: Provide access to clean water to Samburu communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 9,000 people, 80% of whom live below the national poverty line.

Geographic areas served: Samburu County, Kenya.

Programs: The Samburu Project's mission is to provide access to clean, safe drinking water. Since its inception in 2005, the project has drilled 110 wells, bringing clean, safe drinking water to over 100,000 people.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The team at The Samburu Project truly care about the work that they do. I feel very fortunate to be able to contribute to this mission while working with such caring and hardworking people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a great night working for the samburu project at splash bash 2019. The people running the event are extremely sweet and appreciative. The event itself was a fun experience and it was great to help out an amazing cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with The Samburu Project in the past to raise money for wells. However this year I decided I wanted to take a step further by volunteering at their annual Splash Blash. It was an amazing event and was run phenomenally, one of the best experiences I have had thus far.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TSP's cause of bringing water to Samburu seems simple but it has profound impacts on the lives of the people they touch. They may be small but they have big ambitions and actualize them in a scale unlike any organization their size. Their message is straightforward, but with water they have brought, enterprise, industry, education and empowerment to that community and that is inspiring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been co-president of the club at my high school for the past two years and interned at the organization over the summer. They're a really small organization (I think they employ about 6 people, but have 2-3 employees in California). I absolutely love the organization! They put so much effort into everything they do and look for plenty of ways to get everyone involved, and they value everyone's role a lot. Something I think makes The Samburu Project more unique than most is that they take great measures to preserve the cultural integrity of the Samburu people, for example they're really big on employing the Samburu people to build the wells, rather than having completely foreign people come in and build the wells and maintain them. They also don't just build the wells and leave, they're really big on ensuring the maintenance of them, that the people know how to use the wells, and expanding upon the impact the wells can have. They're always looking for new ways to fundraise and educate people about the community, and are really transparent and honest with the way they go about their work. I'm so grateful I was given the chance to work so intimately with them, and I believe everyone should take the time to check them out and get involved however they can.

I've talked to everyone I know about this organization because it means a lot to me, and I believe that even being a part of it has lasting effects. At all the events my friends and I have participated in for The Samburu Project, we've had loads of fun and got to be a part of something greater. They make it really easy and fun for people to get involved and educate everyone about the importance of the world water crisis, and how it impacts the Samburu community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Samburu Project is an amazing charity doing work in Samburu, Kenya. They are a dedicated organization following the best development practices - their projects are sustainable and they work in one specific region. Their work on water access changes lives, and helps in women's rights, entrepreneurship, healthcare, and education. TSP is a great nonprofit that works hard to make change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Samburu Project is an awesome nonprofit that raises funds to build wells in Kenya. One of my favorite things about TSP is that they partner with and have relationships with the people in Samburu County. While interning at TSP, I have been able to hear about all of the amazing things they are doing as an organization and have been able to witness first-hand how passionate each of the employees are about giving water to give life. It has been a pleasure working with and learning more about the work they do!

RudiDundas

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I visited the Samburu area in September 2011 as a professional photographer, to photograph the well projects of The Samburu Project and was very impressed with the teams that The Samburu Project has put together, both in Kenya and in the United States. Despite many dangers and obstacles, The Samburu Project has put in over a hundred wells and supervised their maintenance, educating the Samburu people how to keep up these valuable resources. I interviewed many people on this journey and was touched with how the access to clean drinking water has affected the region. Many young girls were able to stay in school which is one of the most important issues in all African nations toward cultural change, economic improvement, and amelioration of climate change. I have kept in touch with The Samburu Project over the years and become a donor, including adopting a young Samburu man as my "Godson." With the help of The Samburu Project's directors, my Godson is soon to be a University graduate and a certified teacher to serve his people. This is one of the most important changes of all - education so that they can help themselves. The Samburu Project has made this happen. A great contribution to the world, indeed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Access to clean water can be easily taken for granted. Over four years ago Kristen Kosinski set out on a journey and traveled through Samburu for 3 months by herself. She discovered one common thread among all of the tribes. NO WATER! Women and girls spent days walking endless miles in search of water. She came back to the states on a mission to bring water to the thousands of people in desperate need. Samburu Project has changed the landscape of women's health, prosperity, education and commerce by drilling 25 Wells in the last 3 years - bringing water to 50,000 people! She has made it part of the Samburu Project mission to create programs around women's empowerment in the local communities. One person CAN make difference. Kristen is an inspiration to so many and I know the people of Samburu are thankful for her dedication and compassion.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Samburu Project is an organization that is impacting so many lives in Kenya by nearly most of the funds raised going directly to the implementation of well drilling. The Mission is to bring clean, safe drinking water to as many as possible by drilling wells. Since bringing water to these arid regions, TSP has brought new life to the people as well as the land. This initiative has empowered women to start income generating businesses and allowed them to parent their children; additionally, enrollment in school age children has skyrocketed now that kids aren't out looking for water all day. Everyone is thriving - professionally, health wise and through education. I had the opportunity to meet Lucas, who is the TSP manager on location in Samburu. His role has been instrumental in the execution and maintenance of the project over the last 3.5 years. Lucas is a valuable asset to TSP, it's donors and the people of Samburu. Executive Director, Kristen Kosinski is a hero to humanity for her dedication, commitment and perseverance for spearheading such a necessary project and organization. Her impact is certainly to leave the world a better place and she leads by example!