Noosidan, like Enkorbobit, is outside of the Amboseli National Park, by the southeastern border. It is a rural community, and due to their distance from the park and lack of resources they had a difficult time getting water for themselves. They were truly thankful when we approached them and offered to dig a well in their village. Drilling in Noosidan certainly did prove exciting: a collapsing rock formation gave the drillers quite a scare. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the incident, and the well was completed successfully. Prior to the well being finished, the locals called their village Ongata Rongai, which means “flat plain”. After its completion, it was renamed Noosidan, which means “beautiful place”. It was truly special to see what an impact this well had on the area.
Over time, the community asked for an upgraded submersible pump to provide more water. That pump and tank have solidified the community’s water supply. Here’s a quote from Nanyukie from Noosidan from a recent monitoring trip: “We are cleaner and our children don’t get sick like they used to since we have water in Noosidan.