This is a story about courage, about overcoming difficulties and progress. And it is a story of love.
The Samburu tribe, first cousin of the Masai, lives in the arid areas of Northern Kenya. Unlike the Masai it has not had frequent contact with tourists and therefore is much poorer and its habits are deeper rooted. It is a nomadic tribe that raises cattle, its most precious asset. From early childhood on the girls help their mothers with the heavy household chores, looking after their brothers and sisters, fetching water from sources 2 or 3 hours away, gathering wood from the bush, milking the cattle, etc. Almost none of them do not go to school and they are married off very early to men twice or three times their age that often have one or two wives already. On top of that suffering the terrible trauma of genital mutilation that, although prohibited by the Government of Kenya, is still a habit.
The arrival of the missionaries of Sta, Teresita has changed things; these sisters, who learn their language, are making them understand bit by bit the importance of education; they have one of the best pre-schools of Africa and the hero of our story, Pamela, studied at this pre-school.
Pamela was born one day in December 1986 as the second daughter of 7 girls, a student who, due to her lack of economic resources had no chance to continue her studies. She would become one of so many Samburu women being married to older men, probably as a second or third wife. Her husband would pay for her with cattle which would be a big help for Pamela’s family with their scarce resources.
A youngster who would later become her husband came to the school to ask for help for Pamela. Both youngsters wanted badly to study and change the Samburu reality.