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

Better A Neighbour Who Is Near Than A Relative Who Is Far

VIVIAN BARASA Once upon a time, there lived a young girl who lived with her grandmother in a small thutched hut. Her old blocks had died for some years ago. She was unable to go to school becasue the old blocks were the ones who used to buy the school mateirals and pay school fees for her. And the grandmother was unable to pay for her. She used to go to the forest collect firewood, foes the market to sell them in oreder to get the money to food and help them to get other basic needs. One day as she was sitting infront of her grandmother's ramshackeld hut, together with her grandparent, they saw a luxurious car enter the compoun. On seeing this, they looked each other surpirsingly. The two people came from the luxurious. They were wearing brown chinese suits written HELP FOR THE NEEDY. They went where they were, weeenthusiastically greeted tehm and told them their help as they entered therie thatched house. As soon as tehy entered the house than the lady asked the grandmotehr to give them teh firl so as to go help her. The grandmother accepted and now the girl is at school.


  • The organization most involved in what happened: Individual

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  • This story makes me feel inspired
  • This story relates to physical needs
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • This story relates to freedom
  • 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: 16-21 years old
  • This story took place 1-2 years ago
  • Location: Maluakalo Village, Kakamega, Kenya
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