My name is Jackline Nyarwai. I was born in 1994 in a place called Ng’ando Village (one of the villages in the Dagoretti slum). I am the young one in our family; I have three sisters before me. My Dad died in the year 2000. My mum is single now.
I started my academy in a school known as D.Y.C. which my mum could afford to support me. I went through in that school from class 1 to 8. My elder sister who helped take care of us in everything had not gone to secondary school. She just reached at class eight because of lack of capital my mum told her that she cannot go on to secondary school.
I and my family stay in a wooden house which is a single room. There is no electricity. We use charcoal to cook food. The room is small and there is no place to study because my niece and nephew take up much room.
I am in Form 3 in a secondary school called Kaewa High School. I am in a boarding school where by I am supported by an organization (Ngong Road Children Association) which takes care of me with everything I need in school also in health care and other things.
In health I have a problem in breathing and my Mum also has it. It is TB, but I know she is fine and she is doing her best to recover. She was sick before I joined secondary school. Then I was the one who could take care of her after school while my sisters were doing the work to support us.
I grew up in Ng’ando with a lot of problems. Sometimes we did not have money to pay the rent and the landlord kicked us out. But now my mum is fine and she is trying her best to look for a job which is to wash clothes for people whereby she gets money to pay for the house. But sometimes it’s hard for her.
This is my story about me.