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

The Strength Of Social Networking Through Internet

Twitter delivers a miracle for a family in need. On Tuesday, 3rd May 2011, Nyendo Machua, a young lady aged 25 years and resident in a poor residential area of Eastlands in Nairobi took to the social platform for ideas on how to pay for her mother's surgery. She was amazed when her friends raised the entire amount of kshs 15000000. As a young girl from a poor family background she was staring in desparation a bill of kshs 50000000 required for her elderly mother's unkle surgery. With few options, Ngendo took out her phone and logged into her favourite social website. Twitter and tweetened. "Anyone has ksh 50000000 just lying around to help an elderly lady" Initially the replies she got were hilarious however later the 2000 friends she contacted started depositing some money into the bank account she had indicated in the twitter, in a week a total of 60000000 had been deposited and she has been able to take her mother for surgery.


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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: Over 60 years old
  • This story took place less than 2 months ago
  • Location: Eastlands, Nairobi, Kenya
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