Lepakiyo Johnson




Johnson was born in 1995. His family are traditional nomadic pastoralists that live in an area called Lentasin which is about 12 kilometers from Sereolipi village although they are based there they migrate frequently in search of grass and water for their cattle and goats. In 2001 a preschool opened up near his home. It was just a shady tree with a blackboard propped against the tree trunk and a mother who had three years of primary school education who was the teacher. He liked school and his parents decided to send him to Sereolipi Primary School in 2002 to be a boarder there. He was 6 years old. He is the last born in his family and he is the only person in his family to have gone to school.

In 2009 he graduated from primary school and he achieved marks of 250 on his KCPE exams. At this point his father fell very ill and for the past year Johnson has been helping his mother. His father finally died at the end of last year. Johnson has 2 brothers — they are both traditional morans looking after the family cows and goats. The two recent droughts have dramatically reduced their herds.

Now his mother is settled and his brothers are in charge of the animals Johnson wants to go to technical school to become a mechanic so that he can get a good job. His goal is simple: to use his education to help support his mother and brothers and to change their circumstances.


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