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Overview


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Overview


 

The Samburu people of Northern Kenya live in one of the poorest and most marginalized parts of the world. Their nomadic pastoralist way of life is thousands of years old, but it is rapidly changing as they face the challenges of the twenty-first century. 

In 2002, when we met the Samburu people, they had a dream—
to get more of their children to go to school.

Today, we help the Samburu people to provide education for their children from PRESCHOOL through grade school.

WE establish scholarships for high school, technical school and college, and offer mentoring and support targeted toward sustainable employment. 

Together, we are making their dream a reality.

 
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The Samburu


The Samburu


 

For years, the Samburu in the Sereolipi area have been isolated from the rest of the country. Where they live there are no telephones, electricity, running water, roads, transport or prenatal care. 

However, with a new government in kenya committed to development, it was clear this was going to change and they realized they needed to be better equipped as the modern world came to them.

 
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Our Team


Our Team


 

The Thorn Tree Project is run and managed by a dedicated community of volunteers based in New York City and paid education experts in northern Kenya in close partnership with Chief George and the Samburu tribe.

We send money to Kenya on a project-by-project basis and visit the schools at least twice a year to evaluate activities.The program directors, parents, teachers, and students in Samburu are totally committed to improving their education and our directors and teachers work long hours and weekends to make sure the students have the best possible education.

 

OUR TEAM IN THE US

SEREOLIPI NOMADIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC. BOARD MEMBERS

Jane Newman - Founder
Linda Pagan - President
Clodagh
Gerard Govaerts   
Lori Lum
David Ashen
Maja Serdarevic -Treasurer
Tucker Robbins
Dede McMahon

SEREOLIPI NOMADIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC. ADVISORY BOARD

Ellen Sweeney
Ali Nagle
Rob Cousins

OUR TEAM IN KENYA

SEREOLIPI NOMADIC EDUCATION TRUST BOARD MEMBERS            

Chief George Lemerketo - President

 Micah Rayrus - 60x5 Program Director

Leah Muia - Mentor

Morris Mwema - Scholarship Director, Mentor

Gadaffi Lenkiremishoi - Logistics Manager

 Lekopir Ltililwa - Accountant

 Maria Piperides - Finances

Catherine VandeWalle - Operations Director

 

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Our Work


Our Work


 

In 2001, there were only 130 children at school.

Today, thanks to The efforts of the Thorn Tree Project and its supporters in combination with the commitment and hard work of the Samburu people, over 1,500 children attend school.

 
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How to Help


How to Help


 

by Sharing our photographs and story on social media you can make a huge difference and it doesn't cost a thing!

Just remember to link to our website www.thorntreeproject.org.