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

The Impatient Boy

Once upon a time there lived a boy called James. He was 14 years old. James lived with his father but sometimes, his father travelled to upcountry to see Jame's mother. One day after the father had his salary, he came back home so early that James was shocked. He packed his clothes and the shopping that he was to take to James mother. He gave James three thousand and told him that he will be away for at least one week. James agreed and he took his father to the bus station and came back. Immediately after sunrise he brought some girls in the house and they misused the money. The girls slept in the house. In the morning they were nowhere to be seen. James was left hungry, sad and eventually without food. Because of the high standard of life, he dropped out of school and became a street urchin. When his father came he was not there but the neighbours said they don't know where he is. His father looked for him for two weeks but he could not find him. He informed the case to the policemen at Kilimani police station who later him at Mathare slums staying in the garbages and dustbins.


  • The organization most involved in what happened: Police

Story Attributes/Tags

  • This was an important story that I will remember for a long time
  • This story relates to family and friends
  • This story relates to self-esteem
  • This story relates to freedom
  • I saw what happened in the story
  • What happened in the story relates to my family

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: Under 16 years old
  • The storyteller cannot remember when this story took place.
  • Location: Kilele, Naivasha, Kenya
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