Samburu blessings are vibrant affairs and this one did not disappoint. Dressed in the colourful beads and swathes of fabric for which the Samburu are renowned, those gathered formed two groups which circled the classroom in opposite directions whilst casting milk onto the ground. The women sang in chorus and the men chanted blessings, filling the air with jubilant melodies. The groups then moved inside where the Samburu dedication culminated. Following the blessing, guests were treated to dancing and music from the students, written and performed for the day. Songs from the mothers of the children closed the ceremony.
The Safari Collection’s directors, Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley and Michael Hoogerwerf, as well as Footprint Director Mark Boyd, were all in attendance. Guest of honour was Sasaab head guide Daniel Kasoo who had taken the lead in fundraising for the classroom.