Life kept getting worse

Then I found rap and dance.

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The drug trade and an ongoing conflict make parts of Bogota, Columbia very dangerous, especially for young girls. This is one girl’s story.

My name is Leidy, and I’m a 17-year-old Colombian girl. I had a rough start in life. My mother left when I was a baby.

My dad is in and out of the house, and my life. Once he hit my hand with a hammer to punish me for stealing. After that, I was blamed whenever things went missing at home. I started spending a lot more time outside my house just to get away.

At school, I was teased for being chubby. All the bullying really took its toll. I started skipping school. Eventually I stopped going altogether.

One day I bumped into a group of young people who didn’t like school either. They invited me to hang out.

Before long I was drinking and smoking. When my dad found out, he became angry and beat me. I left. My grandmother reported me as a runaway. I was picked up and placed in a correctional home for teenagers.

At the home I met a man who played the piano. He’s from an organisation called Ayara, that helped girls were looking for somewhere to fit in and be accepted.

The organisation taught me how to express myself through rap music and dance.

Singing flows through my veins and when I’m dancing, I forget all the problems and pressures in my life.

There are still bumps in my journey, but I’m determined. Instead of running away from my problems, now I come to Ayara and dance when I'm stressed. I want to earn a living as an artist and breakdance every chance I get.

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Hlumisa201mene

@Busi123 my number 0660017498

Aug. 14, 2022, 9:12 a.m.

Cebekhulu

Conflict

Aug. 2, 2022, 2:18 p.m.

Busi123

Hey y'all I'm Busi and I'm 14years old and I wanted to ask for y'all's numbers so that we can make a group,moya group

July 29, 2022, 5:27 p.m.

Leisa

Hy everyone 🙌 these group is it ffor teenagers only nar?????

July 25, 2022, 4:45 p.m.

Nobuhle

Hi , my name is Nobuhle ..I like Singing and I'm thinking of choosing a Music course next year ..but my mom keeps on pushing me to Study Nursing

July 14, 2022, 7:41 p.m.

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Bronwin

Nobuhle you must live your dream 💖💖

100sky

Look tell your mom you want to be a singer and if your mom don't listen raise your voice till she listens then say sorry and when she don't want you to be a singer you be a singer she just have to live with it and you know it's your life and your body

Khalani

My name is Khalani l am 14 years old l am good at dancing but l do not know where to start and a raper

July 9, 2022, 2:49 p.m.

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Shapo

You must practice if you want to be good

100sky

Hi I am a dancer at my church if you love dancing more then raping then be a dancer

Robiey

I'm Robiey I'm 14 I'm a rapper and a poet But I'm not sure I'm that good

Shalom

Wonderful story

July 6, 2022, 8:10 p.m.

Tintswalo2808_

Hi springster my name is tintswalo i like dancing and i can dance but the my mom doesn't let me dance once this other singer wanted me to dance in her music video my mom said no , the a content creator called thayo wanted to help me and make me join hee dance class but she said no i dont know wht to do

July 6, 2022, 4:10 a.m.

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Mageliza

Hi my name is Zanele.I know your feeling i'v been in this situation too.The advice i can give you is,you should convence your mother that you like dancing and the way you can convince is making her see that you won't change even if you are not in her eyes.I wish my advice could be a solution😊

Wish you all the best Leidy

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Hy gys my name is provide and I come from Zimbabwe

Guys i need your help ummm i know i can sing and i am good at it but what i need is a nearby studio can you help me with that

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hi Chalsie. That's so great, I wish I could sing. Unfortunately we aren't affiliated with any radio stations but maybe you should enter idols next season or put videos of you singing on your social pages so people can see how talented you are and maybe someone will spot you! Good luck!

I wish to help you. where are you now

HI GUYS UM SANELISIWE FROM KATLEHONG AN 15 YEARS OLD GIRL.I KNOW I CAN SING TO I JUST NEED AN STUDIO TO RECORD MY SONGS.I'LL be grateful if u can get help.Thank you.

I wish to help you , where are u my friend

Hallo

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

The problem is that I don't really know what am good at and I just want friends and I mean true friends who understand my situation

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Mathebula

Can we be friends

hey... I'm Good at lip syncing n I can rap but the problem is I can't write my own song

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

Am looking for a girl who z ready for a srs rshp stay in phumula near ronderbelt

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

Hy guys...m dating a guy and ii really lpve him..but the problem is he is smoking and ii asked him to stop smoking but then ii just let it go...and my brother's fraands advice me abt relationships and how ii shld behave wen m in a relationship...the rules of the relationship..etc....but the biggest problem is that they say they dont lyk our relationship..and they aint jealous or smthng...so what should ii do

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hi Itumelengbaitumetse. Thanks fir sharing your question. I think you should listen to yourself and not take advice from people who don't know how you feel. I'd recommend weighing the pros and cons of this relationship and deciding if you want to be in relationship with this person. No one should tell you how to conduct yourself in this relationship, you should do what feels natural and stay because you're happy and in love and not because people tell you to stay or to leave. Follow your heart!

Shapo

Leave it

Hi I'm 18 years old and I'm dating this guy for almost 8 Months now I don't trust him especially after what happened Apperantly his ex is the reason why we've been fighting since I met him, His ex went beyond she hacked his whatsapp and posted their pictures after having sex. I don't know why she do that but obviously she still want him back . He told me everything but hesitated to show me the pictures until a guy friend of mine sent me those pics, I felt betrayed n small I don't know whether should I continue be in this relationship or just walk away I'm tired of fighting and part of me still wanna be with him I still love him but to be in a relationship where trust in nowhere to be found it can be a problem. Please help.

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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You are still young nd you have all the chance in life just focus on your studies and move on

Touching

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Well done Leidy

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

hey my name is shortiie ,I am 17 abt to 18 im dating a guy who is 21years this we did 1year dating everything ws guud bt now we r no longer the same he cheated Nd he made someone pregnant I think it is my fault because I didn't want to sleep with him so now he is facing alot of problems in his life I wanna leave him bt I'm scared he will do something bad to himself what must I do??

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hello Springster We are very sorry that you had to go through all that.Unfortunately we cannot tell you what to do as that is a decision you have to make.Ask yourself if that is the kind of person who you want to be with.One who cheats on you.You cannot be with someone just because they might hurt themselves if you leave them.Talk to an adult you trust about this situation or call Childline 08 000 55 555 for help..Check out their website http://www.childlinesa.org.za, Facebook and Twitter page for useful information.

Hey FirstLady, it's really important that you put your own needs first before anyone else. It really sucks when someone betrays your trust, but sometimes people have to know that there are consequences to hurting people. At the end of the day, you're going to have to make the choice of whether or not you want to leave him. Consider all the consequences of staying with him, and all the things you'd have to deal with at such a young age, when you have your whole life ahead of you. We hope you make the decision that will benefit you and your well-being. All the best Springster.

Wow springster your story touches me very much since I got same experience as u but I too received plp who brought courage,memories, dreams to me nd I too have received closer n love ,so ithank them(die hard theatre production) for playing a vital role in my life

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

hi ppl i had sex with my ex...it was amazing but I want to leave him because I'm gonna study in another country for 4 years and I can't trust him... I don't know what to do...will he think that I wanna leave him because I don't like spending time with him in bed? I'm Curiosity and I'm 18

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hey Springster, it's so awesome to hear that you will be travelling to study in another country. That is a great opportunity and you should definitely grab it with both hands. You should try to openly let your ex know about your plans so that he does not have unrealistic expectations of you. Communication is key. Have fun travelling and please let us know how it goes.

This is a really inspiring story...keep up gal

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

I remember whn i ws 13yrs,after my father past away, i started 2 loss my self & bcame a gangstar,i was sayng till i die till i quit 2 be a tsotsi even stellng at home,my family started 2 hate me,treat me otherwise by tht tym i ws though bullyng others wnd help me i ddnt even ask 4 any help,i wnt outside the location askng my self why should i bcame a gangstar,nw i hv 8yrs since i learn 4rm my mistake look nw i am motivating othrs 4 hvng group chat each & day 2 speak abt the way u fil abt ur self & it hlp mny of thm

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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You are an inspiration Springster! Bless your heart <3

I hv a problem abt my man whn we sleep he fight whn i try 2 wake hm,he gt angry 4 me sayng thy are gng 2 kil people he lovd i ned advice wht cn i do 2 help

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hey Porsh, this might have happened because your boyfriend was having bad dreams or nightmares. If this continues he should consider speaking to someone about it.

I hate my brada

Yhoo her father hit her with a hammer in her hand what I her hand broke or her finger bones

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hey Ngoma, sometimes we face challenging situations in our lives but as our Springster as shown us, it is possible to make it despite all the challenges.

Hi 21 years old and am facing so much on my side,I hate my stepfather... He once wanted to rape me when I was 18 and my mom wasn't at home,he always act innocent around people,he didn't want me to have any boyfriend or go out to visit my friends but I did that by force...eventually this year he turned to be a real abuser to me and my mom...he started say hurtful words towards my mom as she's a cheater and dating small boys etc while mom doesn't do any of that.He's started badmouthing my boyfriend at my family that he's thug,he doesn't work and so many hurtful things,he's started telling lies that I go out with my boyfriend and sleep over while a never did such,I never been happy because of him since 2016 and I sometimes I think of running away because he's getting worse,he hates me because am not his own and I never knew my biological father.Two months back he threatened to kill my mom and he has a gun,tried to get my mom out of her own house because of greedy and bad heart he have...the man is a pig

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Hey guys I am new here and I'm inspired

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

Hey guys I am new here and I'm inspired

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

Sex 🍑🍆

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Simo

Arggggg sis phuuu

I am 22yers old and I have two kids named tshepang and lindobuhle tshepang,s farther is tlotlo I meet tlotlo at grade 6 we loved each other we started to have sex at age 14yrs then I felt pregnant at age 16yrs I went to tlotlo and asked him to come with me to the clinic the doctor said that I was pregnant then tlotlo said he is going to the toilet followed he was trying to kill him self tshepang is now four years old

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

I am 22yers old and I have two kids named tshepang and lindobuhle tshepang,s farther is tlotlo I meet tlotlo at grade 6 we loved each other we started to have sex at age 14yrs then I felt pregnant at age 16yrs I went to tlotlo and asked him to come with me to the clinic the doctor said that I was pregnant then tlotlo said he is going to the toilet followed he was trying to kill him self tshepang is now four years old

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Hey Springster, Sorry for the delay, I had some technical issues. I have removed your comment to protect your privacy. I am pleased you felt able to share your thoughts, it's a really brave first step. Have you thought about talking to an adult that you can trust about this? This could be anyone from your parents/grandparents, a relative like an aunt, a neighbour or teacher. Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can get extra advice from CHILDLINE SA. They can offer you counselling over the phone. You do not need to give your name and can call them 24/7. Their toll free helpline is : 0800 055 555 or check out https://www.childlinesa.org.za/ you will receive the support you need, by a friendly person trained to help you in a confidential way. Take care.

Hey Springster! Sorry for the delay, I had some technical issues. I have hidden your comment to protect your privacy. I am pleased you felt able to share your thoughts, it's a really brave first step. Have you thought about talking to an adult that you can trust about this? This could be anyone from your parents/grandparents, a relative like an aunt, a neighbour or teacher. Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can get extra advice from CHILDLINE SA. They can offer you counselling over the phone. You do not need to give your name and can call them 24/7. Their toll free helpline is : 0800 055 555 or check out https://www.childlinesa.org.za/ you will receive the support you need, by a friendly person trained to help you in a confidential way. Take care.