Reality does often give us stories that fiction often pales in comparison to. Knowing that there are true heroes that live among us, forging along paths that few would dare to tread gives us all hope that there is good in this world and it's worth fighting for. In the incredible tale of Sam Childers, the violent, drug-addicted biker turned Christian soldier for the oft-forgotten orphans of Africa, we learn firsthand not only that everyone is worthy of a second chance, but a man with a mission can truly change the world, one bullet at a time.
“Reading will end poverty. Free education for all.” ~ Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge, The First Grader
Have you ever wanted something that would change your life that should never have been placed beyond your reach in the first place? Can you imagine for a moment being 84 and not knowing how to read? What would you do? This is the premise for the remarkable film The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick and based on a true story.
Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge is an 84 year old veteran Mau Mau freedom fighter who lives in a village in Kenya, Africa. When the Kenyan government declares that it will offer free education for all, Maruge decides that he will finally get the education that was denied him. He decides to go to First Grade at an isolated primary school so that he can learn to read. Once, he fought for his country’s right for freedom from colonialism. Now he will defend his right to learn to read.