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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:

Poverty Nor Riches Is Not A Choice

Otoyo came from a poor family. He was my school mate in primary school. You could hardly detect the colour of his uniform due to so many different coloured patches. He was looked down upon by many people. Though he was a bright pupil, Otoyo did not work hard because he believed his parents lacked the ability to educate him any further. One day l saw some students surrounding Otoyo and laughing at him because his short was torn unravelling the confidential secrets of his thighs, l ran over to him and l quickly picked up a log and dispersed the pupils. I felt a glow of humanity burning in my heart. Without even asking for permission, we went direct home and l did gave him a newly bought uniform. I also asked him to work hard and if he happened to register a good grade he will have to join a secondary school like the others. From then hence forth, Otoyo strengthened his hope and last year Otoyo was able to join a distingmished university leaving behind those who used to laugh at him

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  • The organization most involved in what happened: Individual

Events like these happen:

rarely
   
often

Story Attributes/Tags

  • The story describes a good idea that succeeded
  • This story makes me feel hopeful
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • This story relates to respect
  • This story relates to self-esteem
  • I was affected by what happened in the story
  • What happened in the story relates to my family

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Female
  • Age of storyteller: 22-30 years old
  • This story took place more than 2 years ago
  • Location: Ahero, Kisumu, Kenya
 
This story describes a...
broad need
specific
solution
specific
problem
The story is about...
social
relations
economic
opportunity
physical
well-being
 
 
Who benefited from what
happened in the story...
nobody
the wrong
people
the right
people
What type of change is your story about?
it requires a
continuous effort
temporary
change
lasting
change
 
 
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