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Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship

by World Concern
Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship
Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship
Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship
Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship
Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship
Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship
Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship
Save a Girl from Child Marriage with a Scholarship
Thank you for rescuing Shefali from child marriage
Thank you for rescuing Shefali from child marriage

Your gift provided a scholarship for Shefali in Bangladesh. Because of that, she was saved from becoming a child bride and was able to pursue her dreams of an education. Thank you!

When Shefali’s father wanted her to stop going to school and get married, the 15-year-old cried and cried. She loved learning, and she didn’t want to get married and leave her family.

Not only did Shefali want to become educated, she knew from her friends that getting married so young had horrible results. Child marriage leads to pregnancy and childbirth, which pose serious risks to a girl’s health. It isolates her from her friends and family, which leads to loneliness.

Besides, marriage to an older man Shefali didn’t know was frightening. What if he was abusive?

Child marriage keeps girls in poor communities in a cycle of poverty because they have no opportunities to go to school or work. They are dependent on their husband, and because he is much older than they are, they are often left as widows with no source of income.

Fortunately, Shefali’s mother didn’t want her to get married either. She heard about scholarships through World Concern. And thanks to your gift, Shefali was given one. She was so relieved and happy to be able to stay in school.

Through you, Shefali was given a scholarship. An education will give her a good future where she can take care of herself and not live in poverty. Girls who stay in school are six times less likely to be married off before their 18th birthday. 

Shefali plans to pursue higher education and become a lawyer to help her community. Your gift is making an impact that will last for generations to come.

Thank you for giving Shefali a bright future!

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Thank you for saving Dina from child marriage!
Thank you for saving Dina from child marriage!

Because of your gift, 14-year-old Dina can stay in school and not become a child bride. Thank you!

Dina loves to learn and she does well in school. She is the youngest child in her family, and her parents love her very much. But when village members began to influence her father to marry her off to an older man he decided to do it—even though she is only 14 years old!

Because they are so poor it is hard to find enough to eat, Dina’s father knew her marriage would mean one less mouth to feed. And he was promised that his daughter would be taken care of. He didn’t know the horrible life that child brides have—the loneliness, isolation, poverty, and abuse they often suffer. And he didn’t know that Dina’s immature body could be irreparably damaged by having a child at such a young age. 

Dina and her mother knew about these things because of a class they attended about children’s rights, parenting skills, early marriage, and reproductive health. So when her father wanted Dina to get married, they went to the child protection committee and asked them for help. Members of the committee convinced Dina’s father of the bad impact of early marriage and the importance of girl’s education. When he understood this, he called off the marriage and allowed her to continue studying. 

Girls who stay in school are six times less likely to be married off before their 18th birthday.

Thanks to the scholarship you gave, a girl like Dina is able to attend school. An education saves her from child marriage and enables her to rise above poverty and give back to her family and community in ways that help them as well. 

Thank you so much for giving to save Dina and girls like her from child marriage!

 

 

 

Thank you for saving Maria from child marriage!
Thank you for saving Maria from child marriage!

Your gift provided a scholarship for Maria in Bangladesh to attend school! Because of that, she was saved from becoming a child bride. Thank you!

When Maria was only nine years old her father left the family and they were destitute. By the time Maria was 12, her mother decided to give her in marriage to an older man because she could no longer afford to pay her school fees.

Maria was terrified! She knew other girls who had been married young, and their lives were lonely and filled with back-breaking manual labor. Getting married at her age would put her at risk of serious health problems that could continue for the rest of her life. She wanted to stay with her mother and brother, and to go to school.

But there was no money to pay for her school fees and, without that, Maria’s mother didn’t see a reason for her daughter not to get married. She wanted Maria to be taken care of and she believed a husband would provide that.

Then, because of the generosity of people like you, Maria was given a scholarship, and she was able to stay in school. That meant she didn't have to get married. She has continued her education and worked hard to gain incredibly high marks. Her goal is to become a teacher and work with poor and disadvantaged children like herself.

Girls who stay in school are six times less likely to be married off before their 18th birthday. Staying in school means Maria will have a good job one day and escape the cycle of poverty that child marriage brings.

Thank you for giving Maria a way to rise above poverty and have a better life!

You saved Sultana from early marriage!
You saved Sultana from early marriage!

Your gift provided a scholarship for a 13-year-old girl in Bangladesh to attend school! Because of that, she was saved from becoming a child bride. Thank you!

The youngest of nine children, Sultana's father passed away when she was a baby. This left her family without income and her mother was desperate to take care of her children. As the years went on, six of Sultana’s siblings were married and left home. Because her mother was worried about her daughter’s safety if she became ill and died, she planned a marriage for Sultana. She had no idea that getting married at age 13 would put her daughter at risk for serious health issues and keep her in a cycle of poverty. 

Through you, Sultana was given a scholarship to attend school and her mother learned about the dangers of early marriage. An education will give Sultana a good future where she can take care of herself and not live in poverty. Seeing this, her mother realized Sultana did not need to get married to be taken care of and that it wouldn’t be good for her, so she called off the marriage.

Girls who stay in school are six times less likely to be married off before their 18th birthday.

Sultana’s brothers who still live at home promised to look after Sultana and support her education. Sultana is very grateful for the scholarship you have given her, and that her family now understands the facts about early marriage. She hopes to become a police officer after completing her education and work on women’s rights and early marriage issues.  

Thank you for giving 13-year-old Sultana a bright future!

Thanks to you, Konka
Thanks to you, Konka's in school where she belongs

Thank you for giving! Because of you, Konka has a scholarship to attend school for an entire year! And in Bangladesh that doesn’t just mean she is becoming educated … It also means she is safe from becoming a child bride.

You see, Konka’s parents love her very much, but they cannot afford to send her to school. They are so poor it may be hard to feed their family. And when that happens, mothers and fathers are forced to look at ways they can provide for their daughter. Though Konka is only 12, marrying her to an older man as his bride is a heartbreaking, but viable, option. 

Konka doesn’t want to get married! She wants to stay in school and live at home with her parents.

Girls who stay in school are six times less likely to be married off before their 18th birthday.

Thanks to you, Konka is still in school. She has a scholarship for the entire year!

Your gift of education will break the cycle of poverty for a girl like Konka. An education gives her a bright future, and will change her family’s future, too.

Thank you so much for giving!

Konka and her mother
Konka and her mother

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World Concern

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Cathy Herholdt
Seattle, WA United States
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