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Title:Rendille camel restocking project evaluation
Contributor (author):Swanepoel, Lynne
Swanepoel, Nick
Date (W3CDTF):1988
Description:There are three items in this folder about the restocking and development project among the Rendille people. These documents provide a detailed picture of the Rendille people's lifestyle and environmental challenges. First, there are two copies of a brief report describing the work of South African couple, Nick and Lynne Swanepoel (BTL), among the Rendille people of northern Kenya. In addition to literacy and translation work (in partnership with SIL), the Swanepoels initiated a camel restocking project for this pastoral, nomadic tribe in a very arid and ecologically sensitive region, in response to a severe drought in 1984 which caused many families to lose all their livestock and thus, their livelihoods. The authors emphasize that the camel is the most important animal to the Rendille, because it provides milk longer during droughts, can go longer without water than other animals, and is less damaging to the environment. It is also an important part of their culture and religion. The Rendille need to remain nomadic in order to make best use of their environment and avoid desertification. The Swanepoels describe their plans to teach individuals chosen by and from each Rendille clan, to be trained in bilingual literacy, health and animal husbandry, so that they can be a resource in their clans, enabling the Rendille to become literate while continuing their nomadic lifestyle.
A consultancy, "SALTLICK," produced a review in 1988 of the Rendille restocking program, funded by the TEAR Fund. The report raises concerns about the risk of creating dependency and "laziness" by giving people animals. The 21-page report discusses other possibilities of ways for the Rendille people to support themselves independently. Report title: "Rendiille restocking programme Korr area - Marsabit: a consultancy to review Rendille restocking programme at Korr area as required by TEAR Fund"
In March of 1989, Lynne Swanepoel countered the consultants' report by writing "A response to the SALTLICK consultancy review re the Rendille Restocking Programme at Korr." The consultants, who stayed at Korr for only three days, admitted that they had no experience working in this arid part of Kenya, and displayed a bias toward types of development work that had been successful in other parts of the country where water was more plentiful. After countering some of the points and suggestions in the consultancy's report, she describes their own short-term and long-term strategies to help the Rendille people. "We dream of seeing the Rendille developed without losing their proud and distinctive character and their morally upright culture, as has happened to so many others whose roots have been severed. The roots of the Rendille are intertwined with their camels and small stock." 18 pages, plus an article on the value of camels' milk for the starving.
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/59017
Extent:24 pgs, 21 pgs, 1 pg
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):KE
Subject:Rendille language
Camels; Animal husbandry; Desertification; Nomadic peoples
Subject (ISO639):rel
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Swanepoel, Lynne; Swanepoel, Nick. 1988. SIL Language and Culture Archives.
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Country: Kenya
Area: Africa

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