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

Helpin The Helpless

The childrens smiles were dazzling and contagious as they playfully teased one another and gtreeted their teacher,''Good morning.''After initial instructions,the young students started pulling books off shelves,tehn sat at desks,brows furrowed,deep in concentration,as they began studying their lessons for the day.Although an ordinary scene in classrooms in most countries throughout the world in many ways this one was distinctive:very few books lined the walls,pages missing from and covers barely clinging to those that were there.Nine students with little ''elbow room''squeezed into the 8-by-15 foot metal shipping containner that instead of holding cargo served as a classroom. oblivious to the typical surroundings,the kenya youth began another school day just grateful for the opportunity to obtain an education.


  • The organization most involved in what happened: Kenya Youth Group

Story Attributes/Tags

  • I won't remember this story for very long
  • This story relates to security
  • This story relates to family and friends
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • I was affected by what happened in the story

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: 16-21 years old
  • This story took place more than 2 years ago
  • Location: Isbania, Migori, Kenya
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