Located on the northern Central Kenya, Samburu County has communities that have preserved their culture up to date. Samburu people are semi nomadic pastoralists who heard cattle and move from one place to the other looking for pasture to feed their cattle. Walking around the county, one is in a position to experience the rich culture of the Samburu people. The refreshing Samburu culture has attracted thousands of people from all over the world.
Due to the rich culture of the Samburu people, many people would wish to go and experience the Samburu culture. From July 26th to 5th August, 30 young people and adults organized and went to live with the Samburu people for a period of ten days. During their stay in Samburu, they managed to learn and experience the real Samburu culture.
The young people visited the Samburu people in their Manyattas, cooked with them, went to collect water with them from the rivers, and cooked using the traditional way the Samburu people use. In addition, the group managed to interact with school children in the nearby schools, played games with them, shared their experiences to the students among many activities.
From the ten-day experience in Samburu, the young people came out with positive ways of looking at life. There were lessons learned from the Samburu people by this young people. Lessons that made them look at life from a different angle and in a positive way.
One young person shared how for her she came to realize the value of building relationships. She concluded that it is very rich and worthy to have good relationships than possessing richness and you are not happy.
They live in simple traditional houses called Manyattas, constructed by women. Their culture is clear that the responsibility of building houses is entrusted to the women. On the other hand, men have the responsibility of protecting the family from enemies.
Despite all that, the Samburu people possess very inspiring values, values that everyone would wish the world would embrace. The Samburu People are very welcoming, they are very joyous, open to everyone, and they see everyone as a brother.
When you visit them in their Manyattas, they must make some tea for visitors who passes by. It is not easy to visit a home and leave without being offered something to eat or drink.
During the ten-day stay in Samburu, the young people also managed to learn from the Samburu elders some values that are important to the Samburu people. Values that have made families stick together, values that have brought unity within the families and the community at large.
For example, one elder explained the role of every member of the family, because every member has a role to play towards building a family. In every home visited, there was clear indication that there was a lot of harmony among all members of the family and everyone understood and played his or her role well. By the end of the day things seemed to have worked well and everyone in the family was happy.
Every member of the family among the Samburu community is important; it is like all parts of the body that are important for the whole body to function well. For example, it is clear that it is the role of the young men, called Warriors to take care of the cattle; it is the role of women to prepare meals, milk the cattle and take care of the children. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of men to ensure that their families are safe and protected from any enemy who may want to interfere with the peace of the family and the community at large.
The Samburu community in Kenya up to date attracts many tourists from all over the world who come to Kenya to experience the real culture of the Samburu people. Everyone wants to participate in all their cultural events, which are very rich in culture.
Positive values have been emulated by many from the Samburu community.