Shambani is a village of the Turkana tribe, near the town of Isiolo. Upon our first visit in the summer of 2010, the village welcomed us with singing and dancing and a well-organized session where they articulated their critical needs.
Shambani is a larger village, with a few thousand people. Their dress is traditional colorful Turkana, but the picture of their poverty is anything but colorful. They have great needs – their one meal a day of corn and beans is barely above survival level.
Why Shambani is part of
Transformational Community Development
The Shambani people are willing to work hard.
At our first visit the village said that one of their greatest needs was to reduce disease, so we explained the importance of building latrines for themselves and gave them an assignment to dig one – 1 meter x 1 meter x 2 meters deep. We said we would come back in a week to see if they had done it, and if they had, we would begin working with them.
When we returned a week later they had dug TWO latrines. This is just one example of how community ownership fuels TCD in villages like Shambani.
A village realizing their need for change and willing to work hard to see it happen is just one part of successful transformation in a community like Shambani. The other part is having the funding to send TCD trainers to walk alongside them through the journey. Would you like to join the journey of transforming the Shamani village? You are invited into this wonderful partnership!
Would you consider being a partner with the village of Shambani?