Healthy Communities


Bringing all Samburu to full health.


However hard the Samburu work with us to secure their future, there will always be unexpected disasters in this harsh and unforgiving part of the world.
Our Health program is poised to react when disaster strikes. We can respond quickly to a cholera epidemic, a buffalo attack or a resurgence in trachoma.
We have systems in place, relationships with doctors, nurses and hospitals that allow us to provide a very basic sort of health insurance for the Samburu people. It will never be enough but by deploying it carefully and using it sparingly, we manage to make a big difference in the lives of our Samburu neighbours.


Restoring Eyesight


An easily curable and treatable disease, trachoma can cause blindness if left unattended. Almost half the people living around us at Ol Malo suffered from the disease until we started our interventions.
Now we treat the children with simple antibiotics to make sure they never go blind and operate on the older sufferers to help restore their sight. The antibiotics are cheap and robust; the operations needed are simple and effective and are performed by a Kenyan team.
This program makes an enormous difference but as with all the others, it does not stand alone. We teach hygiene at our schools and Art Workshop, ensuring that trachoma, which is spread by dirty fingers and flies, does not afflict the next generation the way it has generations past.


Waso Chapters – Health
Blog posts on our health project:

CH.32 : 10 Years, 7 eye camps, 507 eyes

_______________________________________ We started with a simple goal; to improve the lives of our Samburu neighbours. In just over 10 years our small and energetic team have returned sight to more than 500 people. _______________________________________   Eye Camps Overview 2014   – Julia Francombe       Very few of us ever stop to think how […]

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CH.31 : Elder Gets His Sight Back

- Julia Francombe In 2012 I was at a Samburu wedding, at a manyatta nestled in the hills behind Ol Donyiro. While I was sitting chatting to the mamas I noticed an old man under a tree being led home by a small child.  He was hunched over and holding a stick, the child carefully […]


Please look at our glossary of Samburu words to the right for definitions of Samburu terms and click back through previous Chapters (below right) to understand more about the Samburu. A letter from Chariman Lenayasa Liberuni (above) in gratitude to our donor for the Kipsing region of Samburuland; I as the Kipsing Chairman first greet you. […]

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Walking across the open plains of Kirimon the vast expanse stretches off into haze, undercutting the hills to the north and making them levitate in the heat on the horizon. 1.a moran on the savannah of the laikipia plateau This beautiful savannah lies on the edge of the Laikipia plateau in Samburuland, and a dramatic […]

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Narrapu – A Samburu word for improvement or uplifting. Project Narrapu represents a holistic and innovative approach to a troubled and remote area of Kenya. Its aim is to transform the lives of its community in the areas of; Security – Of property, livelihood, environment and wildlife. Education – A network of nomadic schools being […]

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Nosokoni was a little girl that was attacked by an elephant while collecting firewood. This is the story of her ordeal and recovery as described by Julia Francombe, the founder of the Samburu Trust. This story was originally written by artist Annie Tempest, and has now been re-edited for the Waso Chapters. Julia grew up […]