Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kibera-born Jamin Admitted To Tennis School

My name is Jamin Luvembe and I am 15 years of age. I am a Kenyan citizen. I was born in Kibera slums in Nairobi. Life in the slums is very hard. The toilets are very bad meaning that you have to wear specialised boots to access them. The bathrooms have mosquitoes which expose our health to danger of contracting malaria. Everyone relies on their God for security. There are many jobless youths who attack others when they come from their work places. My brother started going to Sadili and later I asked him to teach me the basics of tennis. Since we had no racquets, we decided to use our hands and a ball since that was the easier way. We did it out of passion even though our hands were paining and turning red. I felt very pleased to know another different sport apart from soccer. I chose tennis because soccer had many players and my chances of going far with it were very low. Soccer had competition and I knew that I was not among the best. I knew at last I could disapprove my fellow ghetto boys. I have travelled to three countries: the USA, Tanzania and Uganda, and I am currently Number 1 in the Tennis Africa Cup tournaments. My tennis has helped me join Malezi School, a very different school from others. People are good and social and they don't discriminate others. They have helped me to be a social and friendly. My life has changed for the burden of school fees is no longer on my parents. I have learnt that whatever you do on the court is for yourself and from your heart. When I travelled I thanked God because it is very rare for a slum child to travel out of the country. I want to become a neurosurgeon or a professional tennis player in the future. This is because I want to save lives and inspire others to do so.

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