Lepakiyo Nelson Safari




Nelson Safari Lepakiyo was born in 1997and is the third born in a family of 8. He is the first person in his family to go to school. He has two brothers and five sisters. He lives in the Nesesai area. In 2003 a preschool opened near where he lived. It took place under a large shady acacia thorn tree with a blackboard leaning against the trunk. The teacher was a warrior with 5 years of schooling. At that time his parents had 4 children. The two eldest were already looking after the animals and there was another child right behind Nelson so they decided to send Nelson to the preschool.
At preschool Nelson did really well and at the end of the year the headmaster from Ndonyo Wasin Primary School visited Nesesai and talked to his parents to persuade them to send their son in to the primary school with its new dormitories.
Nelson’s family are traditional nomadic pastoralists. During the frequent droughts they move in search of water and pasture for their cows and goats which are their sole source of food. All of Nelson’s siblings live the traditional Samburu way of life except the youngest who Nelson persuaded his parents to also send to school.
At school he has consistently been in the top third of the class. He achieved marks of 293 in his final KCPE exams at the end of grade 8. His best subject is science and he is also strong in English. Last year he was on the football team and he was dorm prefect. He is sociable, confident and outgoing.


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