Samuel, 13 years old, is the eldest of three children. Born prematurely, he is disabled and cannot walk. No school in his native village could take him, so his mother Esther decided to move so that her son could have a normal education. The whole family now lives in Kuruthamaankadu, a fishing village in Southern India by the Bay of Bengal. Their hut, made of palm leaves, has no running water or electricity.
In Periyapattinam, the whole school works together so that the young boy can follow his lessons. Samuel is the only member of his family who can read. Because his diction isn’t very good he must push his voice in order to understood with requires great concentration and physical effort. Esther loves for her son to tell her stories. In India, school has only been mandatory since 2010, and today most families cannot afford to send all of their children.
Samuel cannot do anything by himself. His relationship with his two brothers is remarkable. To reach school each day they have to pull and push him in a wheelchair made of recycled bric-a-brac for more than 4 kilometres through sandy paths, rivers and palm orchards.
Samuel wants to become a doctor to help disabled children like himself.