General information


There are 223.947 people living in Samburu County (1)

87.5% of the total Samburu population is illiterate(2)

63% of the Samburu children above 3 years in Samburu Central do not attend school(3)

58% of the boys and 63% of the girls in Samburu Central didn’t finish Primary School(3)

Only 2.185 Samburu students are in Secondary School(3)

319 are following Tertiary Education(3)

120 are in university(3)

30 are studying Polytechnic(3)

(1) 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census

(2) Kenya Literacy Survey 2006

(3) This information is generated from the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census volume 2 that covered all the population 3 years and above.2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census, supplied by SNV Kenya.


The mission of SEED Samburu is to empower and improve the living conditions of the people who live in Samburu County and to discourage early marriage and female genital mutilation through capacity building, advocacy and socio-economic development as a means of poverty reduction and a focused society with peace and gender equality. SEED Samburu is not be guided by any political, ethnic, religious influence during the development of its policies and strategies and the implementation of its projects.


The main programs of SEED Samburu are:
• Education and Training
• Sustainable Economic Development and Food Security
• Sexual Reproductive Health
• Water and Sanitation

Objectives programs

The main objectives of the Education Program are:
• Increasing access and equity to education
• Improving the quality of education
• Improving the relevance of education

With the program Sustainable Economic Development and Food Security SEED Samburu together with the community proposes to find other ways to achieve food security and to generate income. The communities in Samburu County strive to be less dependent of their livestock, because of long droughts that lead to livestock atrocities. They wish to be less or independent of food reliefs, because the reliefs are not reliable and have negative influence on development.

The overall goal of the program Sexual Reproductive Health is to empower young people in Samburu County to make well informed choices concerning their Sexual Reproductive Health.

Water is life! During dry periods the women and children in Samburu County have to walk many kilometers to get water. Clean water nearby gives the people possibilities for development. Clean water does not just save their lives, but also improves their living conditions.

With the program Water and Sanitation SEED Samburu and the communities want to increase access to clean water for human and livestock consumption:
• Distances to permanent water sources have to be reduced
• The sanitation in the schools has to be improves
• Hygiene related infections among women and prevalence of waterborne diseases have to be reduced
• Productivity of livestock has to be improved

Holistic approach

The strategic programs are not isolated from each other. SEED Samburu believes in a holistic programmatic approach. All the strategic programs are connected.
• How can you ask women to come to school (Education) or to start income generating activities (Sustainable Economic Development) if they are busy with fetching water (Water) the whole day?
• How can you demand parents to send their children to school (Education) if they cannot afford to buy a school uniform (Sustainable Economic Development)?
• How can you demand the school children to be in time in school (Education) if they have to fetch water for the school and the water is very far away (Water)?
• How can you ask women to wash and clean themselves (Sanitation) if they don’t have enough water for making tea for their children and giving water to the livestock (Water)?
• How can you reduce poverty if the Samburu community is not practicing family planning (Sexual Reproductive Health)?