Stories for Hope Life Melodies

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By a male, 16-21 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of STRANGERS These strangers arrived in Kibera very early and they were not known to any of the residents.They claimed that they were searching for thieves who had stolen and robbed people in a previous night disco matanga. This was not true as it was told by the neighbourhood people.This was a political game as the people killed a young energetic man who was said to be a politician threat around the area. The mob arrived and just as they surrounded the man shouting thief!thief!they cut him with a panga all over his body.This man did not believed it and he died smiling.But as this was given a follow up it was said by many that though this man was violent he never stole anything from anyone.The Kenya human authority and Kenya police tried investigating these tragedy but their plan to find out the truth was not successful. Read more.
Related to project keywords: violent, previous, known, early, plan

Together We Can

By a male, 16-21 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of TOGETHER WE CAN They majority deal with environmental conservation, Dances and civic education: the have done alot in changing the environmental condittions along Nairobi river and some areas within the slums. Since the environment is some of the difficult things to maintain,the group had layid much effort to ensure clarity and protection of the river, by picking and clearing any unneccessary materials along the ones fresh water river, this leads to a condusive environment. Also they have worked hard on maintaining the african traditional dancers which are part of cultural practice to ensure that african culture is protected and retained. Kind of dances brings communities together and have create unity in community. Read more.
Related to project keywords: cultural, brings, protected, materials, ensure

Lessons And Skills Learnt From Behind Bars

By a male, 16-21 years old, in Siaya, Kenya
Map of Lessons and skills learnt from behind bars Those People are locked in behind bars,have been able to learn alot of basic skills in their lives majority have been able & know how to prepare food e.g ugali.some have come to be good carpenters not as before where people knew people knew that, poison is a place & permission and tourtues people. One man who have have been behind bars for ten years,Came to share with me on have with life situation during hard economic situations.You can easily collect some old pieces of paper or tissue paper,cooking fat spread liberally on paper can help make positively on how to leave with others. Read more.
Related to project keywords: able, lives, know, &, leave

Living Positively

By a female, 16-21 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of LIVING POSITIVELY How Many of us would come openly and tell the whole world our HIV and AIDs status, and agian better or worse still when we are celebrities in our own countries? well very few. As far as i can remember, its only Asunta Wangura who has gladly done this. But then 10 to 15 years ago when Hiv and AIds was a norm in this country. One there were no people to create HIV awareness,when one was considered an outcast if they were living with HIV and AIDS. Tom Arocho came out openly and told the whole country hiss status. He was a journalist with KTN, he had his own show called lived positively that majorly created HIV awareness. he introduced the use of ARV"s to many of us who by then did not know this, gave counselling skills and we even heard from the hoarses mouth themselves those living positively, their lives, their experiences, their challenges. Tom then died years later, but he left the world a better place than he found it,he fought against discrimination, he created hiv awareness, He fought for the rights of people living with AIDS and today we see it as a no big deal. Read more.
Related to project keywords: country, lives, know, skills, tell

The Old Wise Man

By a female, 16-21 years old,
Map of THE OLD WISE MAN In the village of Tumaini lived people who followed their customs and culture very seriously and there was no way the would have gone against them.They were farmers and livestock keepers surely God had provided them with good land and they never lacked food.One of their taboo was that old men should be kiled become they acted as a curse to the society and their families killed them without having any pity on them. One man known as Mr wekesa loved his father very much because he was wise and helped them to solve problems when their was and decided that he would not kill his father so the family had the old man to one of the rooms and everybody else thought that they had killed him. One day droyght fell in the village and people were dying of hunger and they had no one to turn to but mr wekesa and his family approached the old man who was mr wekesa father the old wise man told them what they should do and and how to do it and followed the instruction as told and their crops grew and they never lucked food again. One of the elders called him infront and asked him to tell the others what he uses for his land that makes it fertile for growing crops he answered he told themabout his father that he had not killed and who had helped him in telling him the tactics of planting and everyone was shocked and told them that they should abolish the ccustom of killing old people and told them that they had experienced this problems and would guide them when needed.They were happy and never lacked food again old men were left to die their deaths and not be killed. Read more.
Related to project keywords: family, way, having, tell, elders


By a female, 46-60 years old , in Busia, Kenya
Map of RESPECT Respect and honour are not given they are earned. According to our society, children are expected to respect their elders. There was a man named Omondi in our village. He lived with his wife and children in a small hut. He had two sons Otieno and Ochieng. He made sure to teach his children about virtues and good moral values. He especially taught them about respecting everyone. One day Omondi got seriously ill and died leaving behind his wife and children. Many years passed and his both children grew older by the day. Otieno and Ochieng married and so they had to leave their mother's house. Otieno never forgot his father's wise counsel about respect but Ochieng On the other hand did not take into account. Ochieng never respected anyone including his mother and wife. He would beat up his wife every day for no reason. He did not listen to his brother Otieno and his mother. One fateful day, Ochieng saw an old man near his house. He appeared closer to the old man and started throwing harsh words to him asking him to leave his compound immediately. The old man slowly crawled his way out of the homestead by lamented on Ochieng's rude behaviour towards him. From that day Ochiend started loosing his sight slowly and when he was taken to the hospital, the doctor told him there was no hope for him. Ochieng regretted having sent the old man away. Read more.
Related to project keywords: way, hope, having, especially, elders

Peace Stability

By a male, 31-45 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of PEACE STABILITY The governments all over the world have a primary responsibility to protect citizens and prevent violence nevertheless,the complexity scale and diversity of violence conflict.It is caused and consequences.Suggest that no single entity can hope to ensure sustainable peace.I'm motivated by the genuine belief that effective parnership between COS and other actors can contribute to to the goal of conflict prevention & peace building.There is alot for peace making dialogue promotion and peacefullresolution of conflicts & reconsiliotion act. Read more.
Related to project keywords: hope, &, violence, ensure, initiative

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Patricia Pasick

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