Long Term

 

We know that we will only survive if we have a well thought out and realistic long term plan.  Importantly we aim to improve the quality of life of Turkana people living in extremely difficult circumstances by involving them in all stages of projects; from being initiators to beneficiaries and in the long run becoming the owners of the entire developmental process.  We are currently building our first school and this aim is now becoming a reality.  In practical terms we are planning to help develop a long term educational base for an area which sent only 3 of 100,000 new students to University in 2007/8. 

Our plans are developing and our determination remains strong.  Together with KAPADO we are developing a plan for the provision of education and water in Turkana and are using this as a springboard for a much more detailed and substantial development programme for an area and people that have nothing, and get almost nothing from their government.  We have more and more people asking to come on board all the time; businessmen in Nairobi, postgraduate students in the UK, a retired World Bank hydrologist and many more friends and family members.

Water will remain one of our hardest challenges and the Ancient Mariner would have understood the Turkanan situation well.  The lake is alkaline and almost undrinkable - and the largest desert lake in the world.  The fresh water that exists comes from one borehole, shown here on the left, however the lack of fuel means that it is only used once a month - this produces enough water for the villagers to use for only one day.  We need to help in the short term by the provision of fuel and in the log term by helping to provide a better source and catchment are for the precious water.

 We know we have the passion to deliver but we don’t yet have the size and infrastructure to harness the energy that the BBF has created. We need your help for a neglected and ignored part of the world and its people who have the same simple aspirations for their children as me and you.

£12,000 builds a school for 300 or more children

£688 gives the school a teacher for a year

£292 buys a school a years worth of teaching equipment

£57 pays for a teacher for a month

£17 is the amount to educate one child for one year

£2.50 buys a child a school uniform