End Child Marriage

This year alone, 15 million girls around the world will be married before the age of 18. That’s 28 girls each minute. These girls are not only denied their childhood, they can suffer from developmental issues due to early pregnancy. They’re vulnerable to STDs including HIV, increased risk of domestic violence and have limited opportunities for education and employment.

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Together we can end child marriage!

The Hunger Project trains women to unleash their leadership and capacity to take action in their communities to end child marriage, violence against women and discrimination against girls.

When girls marry later, a new world opens up for them: they have the opportunity to be educated and healthy. Not only do they benefit as individuals, society as a whole benefits! Educated girls take an active role in their communities to ensure the rights of other women are upheld, and they also go on to have healthier children – effectively interrupting the cycle of poverty and malnutrition.

This is the future you have the power to create by making a tax-deductible investment this Christmas. Please invest in The Hunger Project and help end child marriage for good.

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Vedika’s Story

Vedika was only 5 years old when she was married. One day she was taken from her family to a neighbouring village. She never saw her parents, brothers, sisters or friends again.

Vedika was treated like a slave. She could not go to school and was forced to work long days in the fields. Vedika’s husband used her as his wife well before she hit puberty. Vedika thinks that she was about 12 years old when she had her first child. Sadly, her baby died within days.

Since The Hunger Project came to her village, Vedika’s life has been transformed. She has left her husband and is now an Elected Woman Representative, dedicated to ending child marriage and violence against women.

“While I am an Elected Woman Representative, no child in my village will marry. My daughter will go to high school,” says Vedika.

 

The Hunger Project Australia CEO Melanie Noden met Vedika on a recent trip to India. Watch Melanie share Vedika’s story here:

Your investment in The Hunger Project could help women like Vedika and end child marriage for good.

YOUR GIFT IN ACTION

$30 could train one volunteer leader in Bangladesh to educate parents and encourage them to stop marrying their daughters as child brides
$120 could train one volunteer leader in Africa to work with communities to stop harmful traditional practices that endanger girls’ health and education
$230 could train one Elected Woman Representative in India to work with local government to make child marriage a thing of the past

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