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Please tell a story about a time when a person or organization tried to help someone or change something in your community:

Being A Watch Man

Being a watchman is one of those risky,tormenting and traumatizing job that one can do.Yes some enjoy the job but to me its a mirage.As i talk of this job i remember in my neighborhood a certain watchman by then name Mr Juma who had his own intelligence and tricks while doing this job. Mr.Juma would come early to this office he watched over while everyone was still there to witness his arrival to duty during the night.He would then stay there up to 9:30pm and he would tie his powerful torch on the branch of a tree such that it hang from the tree and whenever there was wind the torch could rotate.After doing this he would go back home and sleep until 4:00am in the morning then he would sneak back to his place of duty.this went on for a very long time until one day when things went sour.as usually he reported early to his place of work, played his trick and went back to sleep.unfortunately the alarm never woke him up and so he slept up to 7:00am.at that time his boss was already at the place and had found out his trick. Mr juma tried to sneak in with so much excuses and by good luck he was able to convince his boss with a story of robbers trying to rob the place and blah blah blah.though he was forgiven ,he was given a stuff warning never to repeat what he did

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  • This story relates to security
  • This story relates to physical needs
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About This Story

  • Age of storyteller: 46-60 years old
  • This story took place 7-12 months ago
  • Location: Mauko, Busia, Kenya
 
This story describes a...
a need
a problem
a solution
The story is about...
social
relations
economic
opportunity
physical
well-being
 
 
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nobody
the wrong
people
This story describes a...
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succeeded
 
 
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