Lemargeroi Joseph Lmariana




Joseph was born in the Sirata area, 25 kilometers from Ndonyo Wasin village. He is the first born in a family of 5 children and he has 1 brother and 3 sisters. In 2004 a preschool opened up near his home. It took place under a large acacia thorn tree with a blackboard propped against the tree trunk and the teacher was a warrior with six years of schooling. Since Joseph’s parents had other children older than Joseph to help look after their animals they decided that they would send Joseph to preschool. At preschool Joseph did very well and it was clear that he really enjoyed learning numbers, and letters. When he asked his parents to send him to primary school in Ndonyo Wasin they were happy to let him go. His family members are all traditional nomadic pastoralists and they move from one place to another in search of pasture and water for their livestock. The milk from their goats and the blood from their cows are their primary food. Joseph’s father had a reputation as an exceptional herdsman but in 2009 he died and his mother now lives with her unmarried sons and her husband’s brothers. Throughout Joseph’s schooling his mother has been very supportive of his education and she has encouraged him to do well at school.
Joseph has always been at the top 10 of his class. He achieved marks of 293 in his final exams in class 8. He is on the school soccer team and is goal keeper. Last year he was group leader in mathematics and he helped set up the health club at school which has a very important role in school cleanliness. He is a very sociable and outgoing person with immense persistence and determination. He says his motto is “never give up.” He is well aware what his life would be like without this chance at a good education.


Joseph Joseph
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