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

Crossroads With Culture

This is a story about a HIV orphaned child BERNARD. Due to poverty of the remaining sickly mother after the death of the father, the boy being the eldest son opted to go for manual jobs in the village in order to support the family and that in a way start saving for the education of the young brothers and sisters, while the mother had a strong cultural belief that since Bernard is the first born whatever happens to him is what will happen to the rest 6 children. She then approached me and told me about the boy after std 8 exam results.. Just with lots of hope and faith I gave her the go ahead and look for local day school nearby so that he could join form 1 when time comes.She did that and with help of God Bernard is now in form 2 and doing quite well despite sometimes being off the school due to fee payment problems.


  • The organization most involved in what happened: V.T.P.C

Story Attributes/Tags

  • This story makes me feel inspired
  • This story relates to family and friends
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • This story relates to self-esteem
  • I helped make the story happen
  • What happened in the story relates to Brother Emmanuel

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: 31-45 years old
  • This story took place 1-2 years ago
  • Location: Gem, Kisumu, Kenya
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