Samuel Ikua Gachagua was born in rural Kenya in 1992. After losing his family at a young age, he struggled until the age of eleven – when he was placed into Tumaini
Children’s Home in Nyeri, Kenya, a move that saved his life. In 2006, when two women came to live in his orphanage for a year and start a non-profit organization, Hope Runs, Sammy had his first experiences of videography – which would become one of his passions – during a photo shoot at the orphanages for Runner’s World. Since that time, he has always had a camera or two in his pocket.
In 2009, he received a full-ride scholarship to Maine Central Institute, granting him a rare US visa and the chance to begin his sophomore year of high school in the United States under the guardianship of the women who had lived in his orphanage years earlier and had searched far and wide for a way to bring him to the USA for a better education.
He recently graduated from high school, and is currently featured in the award-winning documentary, The Roots of Happiness. In 2012, he will begin a year of service in the developing world as a fellow for Global Citizen Year. Sammy is an up-and-coming motivational speaker, and his speaking agenda in 2012 includes such conferences as Blissdom and Allume. Find him on Twitter via @sammyikua or at http://www.sammyikua.com.