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

Struck Like Lightning

Salome had quarreled with her longtime girlfriend and the thought of abandoning him had just crossed her mind when she met this charming man through Facebook. She had always dreamt of having a Tanzanian boyfriend since it was believed that these men had the charms and romance of Italians. They exchanged photos and started chatting for hours. They became very close and were tight together in a long distance relationship. She started to abandon her classes and not even the talk from her fellow teachers would let her go from her Mr. Prince. The younger teachers were happy for her but the who had heard of the site were against this mobile dating and tried as much as they could to discourage her. Their plea only fell on deaf ears. She would brag to her colleagues how she had met her Mr. Right and Sky was the limit. After dating for a month, her darling decided to travel and visit her. She fantasized of the goodies she had been promised like expensive clothes, diamond etc. On that day she put on her best trouser suit marched with an expensive necklace, her eagerness was written all over face as after every 30 minutes, she would pick up her phone and enquire where he was. He told her that he had reached Namanga (border) and had been restricted to enter kenya unless he parts with Kshs. 10, 000 as they had refused the dollars he had, so she hurriedly sent the amount. On enquiring the 2nd time, he requested another kshs. 10, 000 claiming that he had reached Kitengela and police ordered the amount for the invalid document which she sent again. Hours later, she tried calling but could not be reached thereon. She burst out in tears & when least expected like lightning she had been struck.


Events like these happen:


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  • The story describes a good idea, should have worked but it did not
  • This story makes me feel inspired
  • 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

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Female
  • Age of storyteller: 22-30 years old
  • This story took place 1-2 years ago
  • Location: Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
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