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Friday, November 19th, 2010

Zipporah Nzuki’s Story

My name is Zipporah Nzuki. I live in Korogocho and I have attended both primary and secondary school. When I was in primary school in year six, I had to stop my education because my dad had paralyzed half of his body and all of our money went towards his well being. Then when he passed away I was left lonely, a child without her father. This made me see life as very unfair. I felt so bad when I would see other girls go to school and leave me behind. I had a great interest of learning so I decided to ask my mother to request to the headmaster if he could allow me to proceed with school for less money. Luckily, he accepted. When I finished primary school, I really wanted to continue my education but I didn’t know if I would be able to. It was a miracle because it turned out that I was sponsored. I joined form one in Orbit School of the Cross in Kayole. I really enjoyed the music festivals, playing football and the science club the most.

It was like my cousin was just waiting for me to finish my secondary school because as soon as I finished, she called my mum and told her to get me to be her housemaid. I did not want to go but I didn’t have a choice. I had to go assist her. My life there was miserable. There was so much work for me to do and there was no time for me to rest. I had to wake up at 3:00 AM and I went to sleep at 12:00 AM. I remember crying everyday and every night. I just wanted to find any way to free myself and go back home.

One day on a Sunday, my aunt called me and said I have to report to school Monday morning. I felt great and I felt so much hope. I went to my aunt and she told me that her friend Carolyne Sande has attended the Hawkers Market Girls Centre as a student and showed my aunt around. My aunt then brought me here through Carolyne and since then I have been here.

So far I have learned so many things like sewing, catering, art of living, other life skills and girl guiding. I have never done any of these things until I came here. The laws of girl guiding have changed my life so much, for example I have learned to be pure in thought and do good deeds. I was very happy when I joined the centre because I knew my life was going to change and I was going to learn so many things. I was a bit shy and scared but I adjusted quickly.

If I could have one wish it would be that all girls could have the chance to go to school, stop being discriminated against through cultural believes have a right to speak and be able to discover their own potential like I discovered mine.

What I would say to another girl who is in a bad place is that I will fight for her and she should not give up no matter how bad the circumstance she is in is. Life is full of ups and downs so we should be courageous and fight for our rights.

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