More School, Less Early Marriage for Afghan Girls

A microproject by Sahar Education Vetted since 2010 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Summary

40% of Afghan girls marry before age 18 and miss out on education that can help them avoid a life of poverty, abuse, and infant and maternal mortality. Our Early Marriage Prevention initiative, approved by the Ministry of Education, effectively helps girls resist pressures to marry early and dropout of school. $300 is enough to provide a year of programming for 3 girls. Generous GlobalGiving donors have already funded a year for 12 girls. Help make it 15!

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Challenge

40% of girls in Afghanistan drop out of school before age 18, especially after age 12 and 13, when they start to enter arranged marriages. Those who do are more likely to suffer from childbirth complications, domestic and sexual abuse, high infant mortality and poverty. Causes of early marriage include: the exchange of women to resolve conflicts; bride prices that bring money into poverty stricken families; protecting family honor; and weak law enforcement.

Solution

Sahar's Early Marriage Prevention Initiative, developed with local school and community leaders and approved by the Ministry of Education, is integral to our long-term education and empowerment strategy. Trained female Afghan staff lead sessions and conversations with students, parents, and teachers about the value of staying in school and postponing marriage, the legal right to not marry until age 16, and how to address the many pressures to dropout and marry early.

Long-Term Impact

Our goal: high-school completion for all girls in our schools. Every year of school increases future wages by up to 25 percent. If a girl receives seven or more years of education she will marry four years later, have 2.2 fewer children, and be much less likely to die in childbirth or be abused by a husband. Education starts a virtuous cycle in which these girls, their children and generations to come will all have better, more peaceful lives. We currently serve 500 girls; help us serve 10 more.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.sahareducation.org
Early Marriage Prevention Initiative
BBC: Sahar's pathbreaking school for Afghan girls
Sahar's work on girls' education in Afghanistan

Organization Information

Sahar Education

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​sahareducation.org
Project Leader:
Ginna Brelsford
Seattle, WA United States
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