Suyian camp was built using local material collected from the Ranch. There is no cement in any of the buildings. The plaster mix consists of clay like soil from termite mounds with the main component being sand.
The thatch is a sedge grass which occurs in our nearest swamp along the Uaso Narok River. A self help women’s group have been taught the value of selling the grass instead of burning it back to create farmland.
Laikipia is mostly semi-arid. Our water sources consist of two rivers that run through the district: Uaso Nyiru and Uaso Narok – both fed from Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare’s. There are a few springs which seep water from underground all year long, several of which are heavily mineralized the main compound is bicarbonate, good for wildlife and livestock but not for home use.
Our rivers are under constant pressure from over use with little or no control, we suffer severe droughts some years and with climate change we are unable to predict the seasons any longer. At Suyian we have chosen to use as little water as possible to enable our neighbours downstream in Samburuland to benefit from this shared water resource. We would like to take the lead in water conservation along our river including water harvesting when it rains.