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untitledSammy Gitau was born in Kenyan, he and his family were lived a life of extreme poverty. Sammy’s father was a moonshiner, murdered in a gang attack when Sammy’s was 13. Sammy had only gone to school a few years and to support his support his mother and 10 siblings, Sammy turned to drug dealing.

Then one day while scavenging in the garbage in a middle class neighborhood. He was looking for scraps to eat or something to sell. Sammy found a discarded University brochure that traveled 4,400 miles from Britain; it was a brochure from Manchester University. Sammy dreamed of someday going to Manchester, but that dream was too big. The life of crime met his immediate needs. So Sammy forgot about the brochure.

When Sammy was 25 years old, he had a drug overdose with cocaine and he was in a coma. Sammy was lucky enough to wake up from that and he made a pact with God; “Just get me out of here and I will do anything.” He vowed to change. Sammy created anti-drug projects and community resource centers. With a handful of volunteers he taught skills, including carpentry, baking and tailoring, helping 20,000 Kenyan slum kids along the way.

Sammy’s work caught the attention of international development organizations, which offered advice and resources. One day Sammy shares in confided with one of the Europeans he worked with about the Manchester University dream, a dream which he had put on the shelf long ago. 

This friend contacted Manchester University’s Dr. Pete Mann and he asked Dr. Mann, “If he would you ever take a person without even a high school education”? Dr. Mann figured the University could help Sammy, and Sammy could give firsthand insight into what project development was like at ground level.


So, the university offered Sammy a scholarship, but the dream was still beyond reach - British immigration denied him a visa. Not giving up, he appealed, and seven months later a judge overruled the government and opened the door. However, Sammy still had to make it academically. Sammy had never written and essays or do academic research back in Kenyan. So Sammy was given a tutor and he worked very hard.
 

 

In 2007, at 35 years old Sammy

received his master’s degree from Manchester University, one of Britain’s top educational institutions. When Sammy put on his cap and gown and received his master’s in international development project management, Dr. Mann said he “found it humbling to teach Sammy - it really is a remarkable achievement.”

Sammy Gitau, a dead-end kid who had a dream, he said: “We have people in the slums that are just like me. Now they can say, ‘I want to become like Sammy, or go further. They now know they can dream big.’”  

Dream big and Aim High!

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” ~ Les Brown.

 

 

Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action.
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18 Comments

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Victoria says: 10 April 2009 - 12:55 am

I have dreamed big and am still doing it! What a achievement for Sammy!!

Alik Levin | PracticeThis.com says: 10 April 2009 - 3:29 am

Aim for the stars, in case you miss you still hit the sky ;) - this is the interpretation I heard.
Good story. It is funny [?] how many folks are given the opportunity and material supprot but never seize it, huh? I guess comfort zone is what holds back som many people, eh?
Stretch! ;)

Nadia - Happy Lotus says: 10 April 2009 - 5:08 am

Hi Giovanna,

Yay for Sammy!!! Amen to aiming high and dreaming big! I love it! :) Age is a matter of mind; if you don’t mind, it does not matter. Good fo Sammy for pursuing his dream. :)

Hilary says: 10 April 2009 - 7:30 am

Hi Gio .. it’s a brilliant story .. if you work really hard and keep working, sheer determination & then some .. doors will open and by helping others you will help yourself.

Thanks for bringing Sammy’s story to us ..

Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters

Positively Present says: 10 April 2009 - 8:04 am

Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. Reading something like this is so inspiring and such a great reminder that we, too, can dream big. It’s also interesting to think about how a lot of little dreams can add up to one big dream.

Mark says: 10 April 2009 - 8:07 am

Great story! All things are possible!

Peter Baca says: 10 April 2009 - 9:11 am

Hi Gio….what a wonderful story about Sammy Gitau! It shows the beauty of the human spirit! The ability to overcome the seemingly difficult or impossible.!

Congratulations to Sammy for overcoming an extremely difficult time in his life!

Pete Baca
The Car Enthusiast Online

Giovanna Garcia says: 10 April 2009 - 2:08 pm

Hi Victoria

Keep your dreaming and keep going after it!
Thank you for your comment and joining the conversation.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 10 April 2009 - 2:11 pm

Hi Alik

I like your interpretation, “Aim for the stars, in case you miss you still hit the sky.” Love it!
Thank you for your comment and sharing your wisdom, you have added more value to this post.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 10 April 2009 - 2:27 pm

Hi Nadia

I like your “If you don’t mind, it does not matter.” So true.
Thank you for your comment and sharing your wisdom with us.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 10 April 2009 - 2:32 pm

Hi Hilary

When we keep doing our part, doors will open for us. Mostly it is because we paid our dues.
Thank you for your comment and support.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 10 April 2009 - 2:42 pm

Hi Positively Present

Thank you for your comment and sharing your thoughts with us.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 10 April 2009 - 3:07 pm

Hi Mark

Thank you for your comment and support.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Andrew says: 10 April 2009 - 5:56 pm

Giovanna,

Sammy’s achievement represents a wonderful demonstration about how through persistence, it is possible to overcome enormous obstacles and in order to achieve our dreams and goals.

An inspiring story.

J.D. Meier says: 10 April 2009 - 6:35 pm

I like the story and I particularly like the quote. It’s a good simple reminder to aim past your target and dream big.

Giovanna Garcia says: 12 April 2009 - 7:55 am

Hi Andrew

Persistence has helped many people achieve their dreams, and I wish for all of us to remember that and never give up.
Thank you for your comment and joining the conversation.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 12 April 2009 - 7:59 am

Hi J.D.

We must remember that we all have power to do something greater than what we are doing. So, dream bigger.
Thank you for your comment and sharing your thoughts.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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