Born in remote Turkana County in north-western┬áKenya, Josphat is one of nine children. Facing drought┬áand ongoing tribal conflicts, Josphat’s family moved┬áto Baringo County. When Josphat began class 1, his┬áfather left. As a result, Josphat could not attend school┬áand began working to help his mother feed the family.

Josphat remembers buying milk from farmers and collecting wood from the forest in order to sell to nearby plantations as well as serving water in restaurants to try to earn money for his family.  When his eldest brother became a teacher, Josphat was able to return to school. Despite having missed two terms, Josphat completed class 1 at the top of his class and held his spot through class 8, receiving a score of 395 on the KCPE.

He learned about Wings to Fly from his brother’s wife,┬áwho traveled to a neighboring town to get an application.
Josphat applied, and when he was accepted, his mother┬ácelebrated by cooking a chicken. Josphat couldn’t┬áremember the last time the family had eaten chicken.

In January 2012, Josphat joined 2,144 scholars at the Wings to Fly induction and commissioning. He
remembers: “I met children who had experienced some of the┬ásame challenges; some children had stories that were
even sadder than my own. At the same time, I met┬ápeople who had struggled in life, but had succeeded┬áand become stars. I learned not to be ashamed of my┬ábackground. It gave me hope that even though I had a┬áchallenging past, I could still have a brighter future.”

Josphat enrolled in Lenana School, and over the last four years he has excelled as a student and leader. Josphat
was voted School Captain, receiving 96% of his school’s┬ávotes. He credits the annual Congresses for teaching him
how to lead. He remembers: “The Leadership Congresses transformed me┬áand my leadership. Before I thought a leader had┬áto be very authoritarian, like a dictator. Now I see┬áleadership as a conversation. I learned that as a leader,
I shouldnÔÇÖt command people, but instead listen to┬áknow their problems and work with them to solve┬áproblems. When I lead, I learned to leave room so that┬áeveryone can chip in to solve a problem.”

In 2014, Josphat wrote his first book, a revision manual┬áfor chemistry, titled Precise et Revisia Manual, and he┬áalso teaches chemistry, mathematics, and physics nightly.┬áSmiling, he says, “The Form 1 and 2 students call me┬áMwalimu,” which means teacher in Swahili. He explains┬áthat he wrote the manual and teaches because ‘I never
felt good seeing my peers suffer in a subject. I felt it was┬ámy duty to make sure everyone is ok.”

Josphat wants to study law at Harvard University. He┬ásays that he loves science, but “my passion to help others
drives me to law. I want to know the law well, so I can┬áfight against injustice. I want to be a person who brings┬áchange to the world.” Josphat recently learned that he┬áhas been accepted into the African Leadership Academy┬áin South Africa, where he will take the next steps toward┬áachieving his dreams.