Thanks to a generous gift from the Segal Family Foundation, BOMA has been able to hire and train a Village Mentor and launch businesses in the Archers Post area of Northern Kenya. The region is adjacent to Samburu National Reserve and so, for the first time, visitors and donors to BOMA are now able to see our work without having to charter a plane or endure a 10- to 14-hour road trip to the far northern region where we work. We can now arrange for friends to visit the Samburu villages that we work with and then return to comfortable tourist accommodations – tented camps or lodges – in dramatic Samburu Reserve.
The most dramatic moment came when some of the women talked about the impact the program has had on their lives. Ngarayana Lebasiele was the most animated. As Kura translated, she told us, “We are all from one creator – no matter the color of your skin. It is you that come to visit us and now you see how strong we are. We can earn money so that we can educate our children and then they will come to the U.S. and visit you.”
Based upon the tears of our visitors, I would say that we made a good impression.