The Child-Parent of Kasarani | Tuko TV

My mother left us with our dad Who later left us because he felt we are a burden I was left with a 2 months old baby I had to take care of the child and my sisters I would often go with the child to the farm after my sisters have left for school I had to work to feed them I am Vivian Moraa I am in Form 1 I have gone though so many challenges since I was young I tried committing suicide I tried that like thrice the first time I tried I wanted to take rat poison While at it another thought crossed my mind and told me not to and I stopped the 2nd day I tried to jump into a river the third day I was caught trying to hang myself I was advised not to commit suicide Why did you want to commit suicide? because life was so hard My parents separated while I was in class 3 My mother left us with our dad Who later left because he felt it was a burden They left me with a 2 months old baby I had to take care of the child and my small sisters My elder brother was in Form 2 I had to drop out of school to take care of our younger siblings I was forced to do menial jobs and till peoples farms to get money for food I used to earn KSh 100 – 200 per day I would buy 2kgs of maize at Ksh 70 then spend Ksh 10 at the posho mill With the remaining KSh 20 I would buy milk for the baby The flour would serve us for 2 days We would take porridge for breakfast and lunch then have ugali for supper getting vegetables was easy because we used to plant them Everyday was a struggle Everyday I would go to the farm with the baby when my sisters left for school I had to work to feed them My brother would rush from school every evening so that he could look for a job there’s a hotel we used to supply water for and earn KSh 20 per jerrycan of 20 litres We would supply and earn KSh 120 per day and that is how we survived Almost a year later my mom came and took the baby and my other 2 young siblings So I remained with my elder brother and my small sisiter my brother was in From 4 at that time One evening my sister and I went to get cassava from the farm Which we cooked and begun eating though they were not properly cooked they had a bitter taste we were so hungry my sister ate a lot of them I stopped eating because of the bitter taste I tried to stop her but she was told me she was hungry and continued eating In the evening she complained that she was not feeling well she felt like throwing up because the taste of the cassava had affected her She said she was dying but I told her not to say that She begun vomiting and that made me panic At around 12 am I went to call my neighbor and together with my brother they took her to the hospital On reaching the hospital she started gasping for air they had to put her on a drip Our other neighbor received a call from the hospital asking him to also take me to the hospital because I had also eaten the cassava So I was also taken to the hospital My parents were informed about what was happening My father visited when we were now getting better He only paid the hospital bill for my younger sister and not me He was asked why he did that He just went silent and left I remained with my mother We had to beg for funds from our neighbors I then went back home where my uncle took me in His wife started mistreating me Life was so hard I passed through so much hardship I used to do all the house chores I would also wash school uniforms for her children every evening and brush their shoes I would always prepare them every morning and end up running late for school when my teacher asked me why I am always late I would explain to him One day he asked me to go back home and bring my guardians My uncle came to school He was asked why I am always late for school He was rude to the teacher but I had already explained to the teacher So the teacher did not bother much with him that evening when I went back home I received a thorough beating from my uncle who accused me of spreading our personal issues to other people he beat me up using an electric wire as well as his belt His first born is currently in Form 3 I also dropped out of school at that time otherwise I would be in my fourth form this year Such issues really affected my education Came for me and we both travelled to Nairobi where I met mom Pauline My aunt explained to her what I had been through she told us about a program she was running where she took me in for counselling that is how we begun counselling classes I did not see the need to go back to my aunts place I spoke to mom Pauline and she allowed me to come along with my other 2 sisters I started living with mum Pauline while in class 5 We have been here for 5 years now When you ask her what the issue was She would cry for 2 hours I took her to Faith Christian School and that’s when they begun school her teacher would always tell me that she has a problem She is always crying in class I told him I was giving her some counselling She once told me she has never been hugged in her life The day I gave her a hug she burst into tears I asked her why she was crying she told me she felt really good and begun to open up My mother is HIV+ Have you ever visited her? She sometimes visits us So she comes over here? Yes Have you ever asked her why she left you? I asked her and she said it’s because they had issues with my father and that my dad did not want to take us to school because he is not our biological father I had not completed my school fees while in class 8 So the teacher gave us a hard time in school Mum Pauline had to transfer us to another school because we could not drop out yet the National Exam was nearing the teacher has not given them their results I spoke to another teacher who took them in without results but we owe the school KSh 75, 000 Vivian and Maureen really want to join a public school She told me her wish is to join a boarding school and that tells you how much she is hungry for education because she wants to be a lawyer the other one wants to be a judge and she is very industrious we wash clothes we wash utensils and she studies really hard We help each other here with mum Pauline she at times washes clothes for people We help her and she earns money I also know how to plait Some people bring their children so that I can plait them and they pay me KSh 50 – 100 Which carters for our needs here I am the referee We go for games and play together We even play kati I love them so much So that I can fight for the rights of girls like me I am not sharing my story to seek sympathy I simply want people to stand up for other girls who have been deprived of their rights I wish we could get a sponsor to help my sisters and I with school fees I would really appreciate I also want to thank mom Pauline for her good heart she has taken care of us since we came here my life has changed for the better One of my sisters wants to be a judge and the other one a prosecutor we are passionate about it and it’s something that is deep in our hearts because once we achieve that we can be able to help other people especially girls whose rights have been violated and those who go through hardship in life


    This almost happened to me the reason i dropped in class 7, imagine going to school but your all mind is at hm as in ww ndio mkubwa Kwa wote so so there's nothing you can do rather than to struggle to feed ur siblings, zile vibarua nimelima ni MUNGU tu, my story is long i can't type it all here, but i still thank God till to-date am still the bread winner despite of my education


    Her story reminds of my past in a way,,,Go girl U will surely achieve ur goals,,,If I did it why not you,,,May God straighten ur path Girl

  3. ุฌู…ูŠู„ุฉ ุฌู…ูŠู„ุฉ

    Sasa kama watoto ulimuwachia mume na mume pia akawatoroka kwanini asirudie wanawe huyu mama ukimwi sio mwisho wa kuishi afadhali niteseke na wanangu kuliko kumuwachia watoto mume poleni sana watoto wazuri mungu yupo pamoja nanyi mutapata missada na mtadoma ili mtimize ndoto zenu inshallah so sad

  4. Esther Njeri

    I wish a can help but all in all prayers do alot, may the Almighty bless mum Pauline and all the well wishers #Tuko family at large be blessed I know 1day the beautiful girls will have a great #TESTIMONY

  5. Testimony peace

    Thanks Mama Pauline,God bless you, imagine uko na wazazi na unaishi Kama yatima?? Until haki anasrma when I was young,ye anaona ashaakomaa wooi

  6. pretty flower

    Aki our government is so corrupt yani this children should be getting money from the government I live in a country where the government makes sure everyone is equal huwezi ona minister Aki earn more 6000euros and if yes they pay alot of tax I pray the next generation will not follow our leaders steps oh this is painful we will help where we can

  7. dayve slim

    She has seen alot as a kid ..most probably the man who will marry her will have a good wife…may God gide the steps of the girls and the ones involved in bringing joy to there lives

  8. Benson Gathua

    This is the kind of journalism we want, sio kama zile media house zingine kubwa kunwa kila saa siasa na propaganda. Keep up with the good work TUKO. And again you always do a good work when translating so that your news can reach all corners of the world.

  9. Judithmelvine Aluchio

    much love mum with your kids are now yours I hope one day I will do something am so embarrassed much love beautiful girls ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  10. Babra Babra

    Hiii life ya kuka na bibi ya uncle ni shida Sana nimepitia na sigependa Mtoto wangu alelewe na my brother but I thank God penye amenitoa Hadi Sasa Niko mkubwa

  11. Gladys Taylor

    Young girl you will become a solicitor in Jesus name. God bless you mum Pauline for loving and protecting those girls from a harsh world. May the Lord provide for all your needs according to his riches in Glory of heaven. Amen

  12. Gladys Taylor

    Young girl you will become a solicitor in Jesus name. God bless you mum Pauline for loving and protecting those girls from a harsh world. May the Lord provide for all your needs according to his riches in Glory of heaven. Amen

  13. Nelly kiush

    Moraa's story has left me into ๐Ÿ˜ข ๐Ÿ˜ข ๐Ÿ˜ข a mother should never leave her kids behind no matter the circumstances. Wangu nitalala nao ata kama ni kwa mtaro kuliko niwaache wateseke peke yao

  14. Irene Achieng

    Been shedding tears all through this story….the story of this girl "she has never been hugged"…true love heal wounds no matter how long. Mum Pauline you have exercised agape love. God is not asleep, your destinies are great and you are going far. Would love to be part of help in their lives

  15. Pauline Edward

    Poleni sana nimesikia hii story hadi nikatokwa na machozi nikikumbuka vile nilikuwa nateseka nikilimia watu mashamba ndiyo tupate chakula after my daddy kufa kila mtu wa family alitutenga but saa hizi nashukuru mungu pia mimi nasaidia watu na siringi

  16. sherys kay

    Am a mother and I still don't understand how a mother can run away and leave her children to suffer. Who else feels her pain ๐Ÿ˜“

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