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

The Blast

We were at the tenth floor talking to a friend when all over a sudden a blast was heard from outside and the next thing that followed was the building tumbling down.We did not know what was really happening and for once we thought that finally our death had arrived. The chairs in the office and tables plus the rocks and timbers knocked us and by the time we landed down, my friends were already death while i remained covered between the rubbles.For three days i was in the rubbles and every and a time came that i thought of completely giving up when i heard a voice call out.I tried to reply but i was so weak that my voice could not be heard, knowing that this was my only chance to survive, i gathered all the strength within me and cried out for help and then collapsed and then next thing was seeing myself in the hospital in the hands of my mother who narrated to me how the army had pulled me out of the rubbles.


Events like these happen:


Story Attributes/Tags

  • The story describes a bad idea that failed
  • This story makes me feel disappointed
  • This story relates to security
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • This story relates to creativity
  • I was affected by what happened in the story

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This is one of 57,220 stories we've collected from people in Kenya and Uganda. We're using them to identify problems and potential solutions in local communities.
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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: 46-60 years old
  • This story took place more than 2 years ago
  • Location: Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
This story describes a...
broad need
The story is about...
Who benefited from what
happened in the story...
the wrong
the right
What type of change is your story about?
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continuous effort
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