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I am the firstborn in a family of six (3girls and 3boys). My parents separated three years ago.
We had nowhere else to go and we had to go back to my mother's maternal home. Life was hard the first two years, no roof over our heads, no place to sleep, and getting food to eat was a struggle.
Moving in into my grandmother's house was not an option. She did not have enough room for us and since my mother was already married, she is not allowed to sleep in the same house with her father. Fortunately, my mother was able to get a casual job selling beer at a local joint. She built a small shark for us to live in. We have no bedroom or sitting room, we sleep on the same mattress the six of us, and when we have to sit we sit on jerry cans.
My heart desires to build a bigger house with this money. A two-roomed house would be preferable. I long for the day we will all have separate bedrooms to sleep in and a space we can dine together as a family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My mother is a casual worker. Her income is not consistent. There are days we sleep on an empty stomach. Days she comes back home with a bag of flour in her hands are always joyful. We are assured that for the next couple of days we have food on our table.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraints are my greatest challenge. I am a class six student in Petanguo Primary school. My four other siblings are also in the same school. I can not remember a term we were fortunate enough to complete without being sent home for school fees arrears. It has become a norm that every time students are sent back home for school fees we are always among them.
Currently, I have a school fees balance of 800 KES, my two other siblings have a balance of 1000 KES and 1600 KES respectively. We have not been to school for the past week. My heart is filled with so much pain when I see my peers going to school every other morning while we have no choice but to stay at home until my mother can get some money to take us back to school.