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

Spare The Road And Spoil The Child

After finishing my primary school education, I used to hang with my friends who were school drop out. I remember one saturday they took me to a dance in the social hall in our community till late at 8.30 p.m The same day my mum had travelled from upcountry. When I arrived home she was so furious for my late coming. She gave me a thorough beating that I was a grown up and needed to make decisions on my own. Hence I told my mother that even if she bet me how much, I won't continue with education as I wanted to become a maid. That day together with my dad they sent me down down and asked me what kind of a life I wanted. I told them I wanted to be free from their cultures as they didn't allow me to do what my peers did. They bought a counsellor for me the next day who adviced me politely. Today I am greatful because of my parents without their determination to ensure I grew up well, I wouldn't have made it to university. As I finish the university am happy to be different and to have made the right choice.


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  • This was an important story that I will remember for a long time
  • This story relates to family and friends
  • This story relates to physical needs
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • 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: Mathare North, Nairobi, Kenya
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