My Dad came in the house and woke me and my mum up and said, "Get ready to go to your new house because it is time to become a women. Someone is picking you up and he has already paid the dowry (bridal fee). In fact, I have just finished drinking his last beer." I was only 15 at the time!
I got married as a second wife to my Dad's friend who was 45 years old. Our tradition allows this even though it is not legal. As a woman, I was not supposed to ask anything but simply obey, but in my heart, I wanted to pursue my Secondary Education and become a journalist, but I saw all that get shattered.
I had my first child at age 16 and it was a very painful and difficult birth. No one was taking care of me since my husband was spending his nights drinking at the clubs with his first wife. This is when I decided to go home.
I was welcomed with alot of hostility from my Dad because I was very sick, but he ended up letting me in. Three weeks later I met with Peninah (Director of Safe Spaces), through a friend of mine. I shared all my sorrows, ambitions and challenges I had been facing. How I longed to go to school and become a journalist.
One week later, Peninah came back to my rescue as I had a hard time convincing my father to let me go back to High School. With Peninah's help, I went back to school and completed my high school thanks to people like you who support Safe Spaces. I am now living my dream as I am studying journalism through the Safe Spaces program through your support.
I have been trained as a peer educator and I will continue to pursure my studies. LOOK WHAT YOUR DONATION CAN DO!
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