Please tell a story about a time when a person or organization tried to help someone or change something in your community:

Come We Stay Marriage

Mary met Fred after completing her 'O' level 10 years back. As their love was at its peak, they decided to stay together in a come we stay relationship without any formal proceedings. Having been blessed with four handsome sons, Fred now wanted a daughter for a change, unfortunately the fifth baby turned to be another son. His hopes were dashed away, what followed was rejection towards the kids plus the poor mother. This left Many at the mercy of the newborn child as she could not do away with the kid and there's nothing much she could have done to save her marriage which was at the edge of Jeopardize. Beatings and abuses became the order of her life. Her furious husband kept kept on beating her and frustrating her with accusations everyday like the baby is not his and threatening to kill both of them if she cannot do away with the kid. Finally she was thrown out at the mercy of the dogs with no where to start from. She was more or less like a beggar with a little support from a few friends. She now earns a living from doing odd jobs while her husband is enjoying life with another woman.


Events like these happen:


Story Attributes/Tags

  • The story describes a good idea, should have worked but it did not
  • This story makes me feel frustrated
  • This story relates to food and shelter
  • This story relates to security
  • This story relates to self-esteem
  • I was affected by what happened in the story
  • What happened in the story relates to my family

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Female
  • Age of storyteller: 22-30 years old
  • This story took place 1-2 years ago
  • Location: Komarock, Nairobi, Kenya
This story describes a...
broad need
The story is about...
Who benefited from what
happened in the story...
the wrong
the right
What type of change is your story about?
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continuous effort
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