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

Addiction Is Captivating

My name is Edward Kooma. I lost both my parents in the early years of 2000 (2000-2003). I had a rough time even when I was taken up by my grandmother to live with. It was difficult to get the basic needs which led to my running to the streets in Kakamega town in 2005. Although this life was too hard as well, but with time I adjusted after finding friends (my peers) with whom we socialized and could do much together. In 2006 a social worker from WEAEP came and talked to me, counselled with me then took me to their centre. I received care and encouragement and basic needs like food and accommodation. It was however challenging to cope with the younger, cleaner children who were there, so I found myself the odd one out. There was no freedom, so I ran back to the streets. I desire to get into school to learn, but I find no one to support me. If I get a sponsor, I can work hard to achieve my dream in life.


Events like these happen:


Story Attributes/Tags

  • The story describes a good idea, should have worked but it did not
  • This story makes me feel hopeful
  • This story relates to food and shelter
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • This story relates to self-esteem
  • I was affected by what happened in the story

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: Under 16 years old
  • This story took place more than 2 years ago
  • Location: Municipality, Kakamega, Kenya
This story describes a...
broad need
The story is about...
Who benefited from what
happened in the story...
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the right
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