Lebuliar Shadrack




Samuel was born in 2000 in the Samburu area of Ndonyo Wasin, Nesesiai. He is the last child born in a family of six children and the first person in his family to ever go to school. When he was 4 a Thorn Tree Project kindergarten opened near his home. School took place under a shady thorn tree with a blackboard propped against the tree trunk and a warrior with a few years of schooling as the teacher. There he learned his ABCs and numbers. He loved it. His mother says he ran to school every day to be the first one there. Since he was the last born child and he had several older siblings looking after the animals his parents decided he could go to the primary School in Ndonyo Wasin.
Samuel’s parents live the traditional nomadic pastoralist way of life, herding cows and goats and migrating long distances during the droughts in search of water and pasture. In times of drought they receive relief food from Kenyan government.
At Ndonyo Wasin primary school Samuel has been an excellent student. He has been in the top of his class. He achieved marks of 401 in his exams, which puts him in the top 2% of the country. He is the first student in the whole of Samburu East County to break into the 400 marks. His favorite subject has always been mathematics. He is also a great reader and has read more than 50 books a year from the school library. Samuel’s favorite book is called PRECIOUS BLOOD about a young girl who came from a humble background but through education she was able to achieve a great life. Samuel is very encouraged by this story and hopes after achieving his dream of being a pilot he too will also be a successful and accomplished person like “that young girl”.


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