My Life in the Slums by Elizabeth Mary
I was born in a family of five children with a mother. In total, we are six. Since we don’t have a father to whom we would call dad, my mother was the bread-winner in our family. I am the fourth child in our family. Each of us still had to go to school. I wish we had a better place to live since our house leaks in the roof whenever it rains.
Where we stay, outside dirty water from a stream with different kinds of dirt brings mosquitoes. This brings to us malaria which makes us sick. We needed money to go to hospital for treatment but that money was unavailable. Mother has to buy food, pay school fees, provide clothing, and pay rent.
Sometimes we had no money for food, and a place to stay. Since mother had no money for the rent for two months, the landlord closed our house. We had to go outside and search for food like dogs. Every night we had to go in dustbins where people throw food which had remained. That’s what we had to eat. Sometimes we even knock on doors and borrow food. Some give, but others chase you away.
We had no blankets or mattresses so we had to sleep in kiosk where early in the morning one was chased away at night with that cold which sometimes brought sickness like pneumonia, and sometimes causing death. My life in the slums is terrible. One just feels like to kill himself, some regret why they were born. Some even blame God as to why he created them. I am writing this to share what life is like for me. I am writing this with the hope that writing will help change life for me.
How You Can Help
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About The Touch Life Project:
The Touch Life Project is the second release in our Stories of Hope series. For participants who submitted their stories while attending our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program in Korogocho, this was an educational, spiritual and emotional journey for them. True to the series, this is a compilation of heart wrenching, and liberating short stories written by students at Touch Life Children Centre.
Vincent Omondi is our Community Coordinator on the ground in Kenya. Through his efforts, other young adults were able to access our unique writing program. The stories collected in this book is what happens when we bring education and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. Many of these young writers developed a love of writing as a result.
Page Count: 106 pages
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General