The Child Brides: Send Them to School instead

by Educate Girls
"I for In-Laws"
"I for In-Laws"

“I for In-Laws” signifies how child marriage makes a young girl lose her childhood and also her identity. It is worrisome that, if the present trends continue, 100 million girls across the world will be married over the next decade. That would mean 25,000 girls being married every day for the next 10 years.

68% of girls in Rajasthan are married before the age of 18. They are torn away from their parents and compelled to obey their in-laws.

Our project “Child Brides: Send them to School Instead” is our effort to send girls to school. We work in Pali and Jalore districts in Rajasthan where we stress on education and work towards the prevention of child marriage.

You will be happy to know that our project is doing well at the Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge. We are now among the finalists and need your help to remain among the top six to win.

All we need this Thanksgiving is for you to tell atleast five of your friends about our project and encourage them to donate. A minimum contribution of 10 USD will help us move ahead in the competition and win it.

Lets’ empower the girl child and protect her from becoming a child bride. Donate now and send her to school instead.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


It has been three weeks since we launched the “Send Child Brides to School” campaign and it is time to release our next poster.

The “H for Husband” poster is our attempt to make people aware about the extent of domestic violence faced by child brides. Studies have proved that, child marriage limits young girls’ skills, resources, knowledge, social support, mobility and autonomy.  Young married girls have little power in relation to their husbands and in-laws.

Please share the “H for Husband” poster with your family and friends and create awareness about this issue.

The Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge is an excellent opportunity for us to increase visibility and financial support for our “Send Child Brides to School” campaign. 

Vote with your dollars for Educate Girls’ project “Child Brides: Send them to School Instead” and help us win the challenge. All we need from you is a minimum contribution of 10 USD.

The challenge runs from November 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012 and the project with the highest number of donors will win the challenge.


Last year we had identified ~20,000 girls who were out of school and at risk of early marriage from Pali and Jalore districts.

To date we have enrolled over 10,000 out of those girls who are now enjoying their right to education.  However, we still need to enroll another 10,000. 

Today is Bonus Day on Global Giving. Consider making a donation to us this day and help us prevent 10,000 out-of-school girls from becoming child brides. 

GlobalGiving will match up to $1,000 per donor per project on Bonus Day!

You are an integral part our work and we look forward to your support.


46% of girls in India are child brides. Girls drop out of school and are forced into early marriage. This leaves them unprepared for life and parenthood and exposes them to exploitation, violence and high risk of death during childbirth.

Today is International Day of the Girl and it is the best time to create awareness about child marriage which is a social evil affecting the lives of nearly 50% girls in India. 

Creating awareness is the first step to fighting child marriage!

Like us on Facebook  today and share our posters. We will be posting new content each week. Help us share it with your network.

Join us on Twitter  and let’s raise our voice for child brides! You can retweet our tweets, write your own or for sample tweets email us on

Want to do more? Email us for a full toolkit on how to create impact.


A child bride when she was only three months old, Meena is a girl from Pali district in Rajasthan. She is one of 6 children. Meena’s family earns just enough to be able to eat. Her father rears goats, sells the milk and manure while her two older sisters earn money from manual labor. However, with Meena’s mother falling very ill, the family was fast running out of money. Her ailing mother is the reason Meena wants to work and supplement her family’s income.

Meena does manual labor too. Now, due to the efforts of Educate Girls her parents have started sending her to school. They want her to have the chance they never had in life.

Meena is currently studying in class seven. This twelve year old is troubled with thoughts about her family’s survival, about her mother, about her education. Her life is full of uncertainty. Yet, when we ask Meena if she wants to study she replies with a strong “Yes”. We ask her about her marriage her eyes fill with tears.

Support Meena and other child brides - Send them to School!


*Name changed to protect the identity of the child


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Organization Information

Educate Girls

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Safeena Husain
Executive Director
Mumbai, MH India