Sammy 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.
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.”
Dream big and Aim High!
“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” ~ Les Brown.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action.
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