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

Every Dog Has Its Day

I remember in August 2010 when a mother from Kianda was overwhelmed with misery when her house was reduced to ashes. Fire had just erupted from nowhere and burnt her house to ashes. The mother had four kids and two were born out off wedlock. Her husband died in January the same year and that was the not cause of her problems. She was jobless and relied on well wishers. When her house got burnt on this particular day, tears were her only food as they cascaded down her chicks. A good samaritan by the name Sharon Akinyi felt pity for her and was willing to help this woman who was called Jane Aoko. She gave Jane a beautiful house just in Kianda and helped her acquire sponsors for her four kids. She even assisted her in finding a job and todate Jane is a very energetic and hardworking woman who does everything to maintain the welfare of her kids. She was more than gratified towards Sharon Akinyi and prays to God everyday to bless her.


Story Attributes/Tags

  • This was an important story that I will remember for a long time
  • This story relates to food and shelter
  • This story relates to family and friends
  • This story relates to physical needs
  • I saw what happened in the story

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: 22-30 years old
  • This story took place more than 2 years ago
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
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