The people in the surrounding area of our mission site are mostly from a tribe called the Samburu or a similar tribe known as Turkana. The Samburu tribe of Kenya is closely related to the Maasai. Like the Maasai, the Samburu belong to the Maa speaking group of people. The Samburu and Maasai languages share some words but can differ greatly in dialect. Samburu people are semi nomadic pastoralist. Livestock is very important part of their livelihood. The Samburu herd cattle, sheep, goats and camels. Many Samburu wear their traditional attire which is a bright red material worn like a skirt. They also wear intricate beaded necklaces , bracelets and earrings.
Communities are made up of groups of families in make shift villages. The Samburu’s hut resembles the Maasai’s, and is called “Manyatta”. The huts are made of mud supported by using sticks and branches. Their huts are surrounded by a sort of hedgerow of thorny bushes from the acacia tree and thorny shrubs. Women are responsible for making the huts, milking cows, gathering firewood, fetching water and general maintenance of the homestead. The men take care of the animals.