My name is Beatrice Mbithe. I am from a place called Ithaga. I am Kamba by tribe. I am the youngest of eleven children; I have six brothers and four sisters. My father is called Phillip Mutua. My mother is called Theresia Nzilani; she works as house help in Eastleigh. My father lives upcountry in Ithaga with my four of my siblings. When I was little, my father was working as a casual laborer in a farm in Tala. My mother was not working because she had to take care of all of us. Although life was tough, we were happy. My father was very hard-working and he always brought home some food to eat. I went to Muthesa primary school up to class three.
Then our life changed. My father got blinded because a poisonous snake sprayed venom into his eyes while he was working. When he came home all he could see was darkness. This was a big blow to our whole family. My mother was now forced to look for odd jobs in order to feed us all. It was hard for her to get a job that would allow her to take good care of our father and at the same time earn some money to feed our large family. I had to drop out of school to act as a guide to my now blind father. I also had to do other jobs like washing the clothes, fetching water from the stream, and cooking for the rest of the family. My brothers were forced to look for jobs to add to whatever my mother was earning. My sisters moved to Nairobi to look for jobs as househelp. I was so miserable at home but I could not leave my father alone. My mother moved to Nairobi and finally got a job as househelp for Somalis...
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