Aley, Emily, Suzie, Kimberley and Jordan here to deliver the latest adventures in Samburu! Yesterday was a fun and full day of exciting introductions. Mornings in Samburu start bright and early at 6 AM! After an outdoor shower and a delicious breakfast of pancakes and peanut butter the entire group took a walk with Isaya (our new friend and SYEF graduate). On the walk, Isaya pointed out elephant tracks and native plants. He also shared interesting stories of growing up in Samburu.
The next part of the day took us to Unity Village where we were welcomed by the women who live there with songs and dancing. The women were very gracious and welcoming. It was so hot by 10 AM, we sat in the shade and beaded with the women. They gave us beaded bracelets with our names on them and introduced us to the watotos (kids). After introductions, we were able to play with the children or continue beading with the women.
Around 1, we returned to camp for lunch and a mid-day heat break. Some people showered while others napped or wrote in their journals. We returned to Unity village around 3:30 to help build a visitor hut with the women. Building the hut gave us the opportunity to connect with the women and learn some Samburu phrases. We were also shown the inside of a functional hut and got a glimpse of how the women live day to day. We then spent some time milking goats and playing with the children.
By the end of the day, we were all so tired that we ate dinner, reflected on the day and were in bed by 8:30. Overall it was an amazing day spent in Samburu and are excited for what the next 10 days have in store! More updates coming soon!