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Be well, do well, dig well!


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In the header photo at the top of this blog, taken March 2008, you see my daughter Hope, granddaughter Jennie, Jackson Liaram, and me, as we walked across the Maasai Mara, that vast swath of land where wildlife mingle with the Maasai people.  Along with husband Carl and safari guide Peter, we had spent the morning at Jackson’s home village, Oltorotua, where we were made honorary members of his family.  Carl and I supported Jackson during his guide training,  and were gratified when he graduated with distinction.  Jackson is now a silver-level guide at Siana Springs camp, located less than an hour away, and shuttles between two worlds, one guiding guests as they enjoy Kenya’s wildlife and the other helping his family herd their cattle.

Jackson and his wife Susan Nekwama have two children, Mereso Sanau and baby Lesiamon.  When I told Jackson that I want to find some way to help his village get a well, he replied, “This is very great. I have had this idea for long. Now during the dry season, Susan and others are getting water four miles away from our village. I always pity them but I had nothing to do to help them.  I support this 100%.”

My goal is to one day visit Jackson and draw water from their village well.  This blog will tell the story of help from old friends and family, new friends I make along the way, and Jackson and his family as we combine efforts to dig a well at Oltorotua.

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