Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship

by World Concern


In Bangladesh, poverty is forcing girls as young as 10 to become child-brides. This project provides a girl with a scholarship to stay in school, which is the best way to prevent child marriage and give her the chance to learn her way out of poverty.
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Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, even though the legal age is set at 18 years-of-age. Girls can be seen as a financial burden so a family living in poverty will often marry off girls (some as young as 10) and push the responsibility onto the new husband, who is often a complete stranger. Girls that marry before they are ready will not only lose their hopes and dreams, but are also at greater risk of abuse, childbirth injuries and even death.


A girl with 10 years of education has a 6 times lower chance of being pushed into marriage before she is 18. This project provides scholarships for girls at risk in Bangladesh, or other countries where World Concern works with a high rate of child marriage, such as Chad and Kenya. By financially supporting a girl to stay in school, it alleviates the financial burden on the family and gives the girl a chance to receive an education and learn their way out of poverty.

Long-Term Impact

Providing a scholarship for a girl to receive an education, will not only directly transform her life and save them from becoming a child bride, but will also impact a generation by empowering educated, young women to make a difference in their communities.


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Organization Information

World Concern

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Cathy Herholdt
Seattle, WA United States
$1,013 raised of $3,000 goal
20 donations
$1,987 to go
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