The project will rescue 120 adolescent girls that have been forced into marriages in rural areas of Zambia. Rescue a Girl (RAG) child rescuers will be trained to lead community actions to rescue, counsel and support the rescued girls. All the 120 girls will be re-enrolled in schools for them to complete their education. Enterprises will be setup for groups of 15 girls to engage in business to raise income to support their children and education and to demand for their right to health.
Zambia ranks 16th on countries in the world with the highest number of child marriages. In the project area, 46% of the girls are married before their 15th birthday, ranks third highest in the country. Traditional practices and beliefs, low social status assigned to women and girls and poverty are the main causes. Over 60.5% of the population live below the poverty line, and families see child marriage as an opportunity to benefit financially from the bride price they receive for their daughter.
The project will train 40 Advocates for Change (A4C) and 10 Rescue a Girl (RAG) adults. A4C will empower girls with information, skills and support networks. RAG will educate, rally parents, rescue and mobilize communities to improve girls' access to high-quality education, provide economic support and incentives to girls and their families. Schools will setup after school clubs for girls to share and learn life skills. A4C will organise recreational activities to reduce girls exposure to risk.
We will save 120 girls from abuse and exploitation, allowing them to break free from poverty. The 120 girls will learn leadership and life skills that will boost their self-confidence to find life long opportunities and become financially independent. Enterprises will be setup for groups of 15 girls to engage in decent businesses to raise income to support their children and education and to gain skills that will allow them to demand for their sexual and reproductive health rights and services.