Help us to save the Samburu Maasai tribe and culture by purchasing this collection of one-of-a-kind songs, performed by the Samburu Women's Choir of Lerata at the foot of sacred Mount O'lolokwe.
This collection of songs was recorded in Northeastern Kenya, in May, 2010, by the Lion Conservation Fund (http://lionconservationfund.org). In 2009, Kenyan police forcibly took over 6000 cattle from innocent Samburu, including widows and orphans, driving them into famine during the century’s worst drought. We spent over a year fighting tirelessly for human rights, restoring security, and developing a Cattle National ID system to prevent future losses. Although the rest of the country has recovered from last year's drought, Samburu East residents remain destitute and in a state of famine due to the loss of their cattle, over 6000 head. To help families recover and start over, we have launched this CD, of which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the tribe.
For more opportunities to help, please visit http://www.savesamburu.org, and consider donating a Cow for Christmas! Contact Mariah Gale (mariah [at] mariahgale [dot] com) with questions or comments.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Editor- David Masher http://www.inversion.com/
More about KARE, Kenya Aid and Relief Effort (http://savesamburu.org):
At KARE, we value and respect local cultures, traditions and lifestyles and believe that all people have a right to basic needs such as food, clean water, security, health care, education, and a healthy environment; and that they also have a right to choose their own path and the lifestyle they treasure and are entitled to live. Since 2004, we have provided the tools, advocacy, and resources for local communities to develop implement, and run these programs. Our 3-tiered approach to assisting communities: Emergency Response, Intermediate Interventions, and Lasting Solutions, provide long-term, sustainable solutions by addressing both environmental and economic needs.
We strive to ‘Leave No Cultural Footprint’, while working to provide the resources and opportunities for people to help themselves, advocate for their basic human rights and safety, and help empower them to provide for their own needs, which allows them to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world preserving their cultural heritage.
About the Lion Conservation Fund (http://lionconservationfund.org):
The Lion Conservation Fund (LCF) supports projects that establish the distribution and abundance of African lions in areas of great global conservation importance. We are committed to supporting conservation and research initiatives to better our understanding of lion behavior, ecology, and biology. We are also working to protect the habitats of these magnificent animals while improving the lives of people sharing habitat with lions in Africa.
Because of recent declines in lion populations, it’s important to study and protect lions across the continent. Lions vary greatly in behavior, social structure, and morphology across locations, making it necessary to observe and survey them in all habitats where they’re found. By learning more about lion behavior, biology, and ecology, we can better understand the regulatory mechanisms affecting them and use this information to establish sound conservation strategies.