Margaret: My Story (2015)


My name is Margaret.  This is my home, where I live with my parents and brother.  My family are bee keepers, but we also have goats and chickens on our farm.  We grow corn in the shamba next to our home.  We are lucky because my father is also a woodcarver.  We are so happy that he was asked to design the name plaque for Saint Patrick‘s Primary School.  My family was so proud when the plaque was unveiled at the Opening Ceremony and everyone was clapping and cheering.  My class sang a song at the ceremony also to say Asante Sana to our friends from Ireland.  The words were “Our dear, dear visitors, from so far away, we will never forget you”.  It was lovely.

I like being in Standard Two Class in my new school.  I listen to my teacher Veronica who teaches me to read and write.   My home is 6km from the school.  I leave for school at 6:00 am, carrying my lunch of maize and beans and walk to school crossing a river along the way.  Sometimes it is difficult to cross this river especially during the rainy season as there is no bridge.The-Kenyan-Child-Foundation-Stories-Margaret2

The highway near our school is so dangerous. Large trucks travelling from Nairobi to Mombasa speed along the roadway carrying goods from the Indian Ocean to Tanzania and Uganda. We used to find it difficult to cross over the highway and get to our old school in Kalimbini which was fifteen kilometres away.  But that is in the past as our new school is so much nearer our homes.  We all feel much safer now.

We say a little prayer in school every day for our friend Kyoto, a little boy from our locality, who was killed crossing the highway on his way to the old school.  We are so sad that he is no longer here. He was lovely, so young, funny and happy, and we all miss him.

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