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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.

Results: Since its inception in 2005, TSP has drilled 88 wells, bringing clean, safe drinking water to over 88,000 people.

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: Samburu project provides clean safe drinking water to people in samburu, kenya bringing by drilling wells into this region. Also, the samburu project completed a full scale irrigation system in several of the communities. Since its inception in 2005, the project has drilled 73 wells, bringing clean, safe drinking water to over 70,000 people.

the samburu project further supports communities through other activities including scholarship funds. In 2014, the project provided scholarships to 3 students.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


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.



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!