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In 2020, we are doing a Rain Dance, one of Africa’s oldest traditions, a celebration that brings life sustaining rains. It is now midday in the Samburu savannah where we started our community farming, re-forestation, water harvesting project in 2010. At the time, the land was dry and parched, the river reduced to a wide bed of sand. As per tradition the dance is performed by the women of the community. We are all dressed in red cloth (shuka’s) and chant the “prayer” for rain as we gently sway our hips and stamp our feet. Through this dance we give thanks for our flowing river and communicate our joy that our community now has a steady access to water we use to irrigate our crops, feed our livestock and power our homes and businesses. We give thanks for our Kenyan Evoke Agents who worked with us to develop a sustainable solution for our community. We continue to learn how to conserve our environment, to enjoy our locally grown foods, to use the village water to light up our homes. We celebrate with confidence that the rains will come.

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Comment by frank tarantino on March 27, 2010 at 5:41pm
Comment by Mark Mulkerin on March 29, 2010 at 3:03am
I like your approach better than the Chinese government's ahead of the Beijing Olympics. They shot off artillery shells filled with silver iodine to make it rain and clear the air ahead of the games. I suppose if you feel a need to shoot something that is about as good a purpose as any, but going to war with the sky? : )
Comment by Sarah Hickox on March 29, 2010 at 7:01pm
I love hearing about cultural traditions. Rain dances and rain sticks are especially interesting to me. +1 Local Insight


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