Together we can end child marriage and #UnlockFutures for girls for good
Help a girl stay in school and escape a life as a child bride. Support Camfed's #UnlockFutures appeal and the UK Government will DOUBLE your donation.
Six out of 10 girls become child brides in some parts of rural Africa. Locked in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness, they face grave risks: HIV/AIDS, domestic abuse, and even death as an early teen during pregnancy or childbirth. Without education or employment, the future will remain locked for generations of girls.
There's hope – school. By staying in school, a girl can avoid child marriage and pregnancy. Camfed trains GirlGuardians — young women who were once at risk of becoming child brides themselves — to support girls in schools and in their communities, unlocking opportunities to escape poverty.
Your support of these girls is needed now more than ever.
For a limited time, your gift will be doubled by the UK government, going twice as far to help a girl stay in school and escape a life as a child bride.
In some parts of rural sub-Saharan Africa, six out of 10 girls are married before the age of 18, some as young as 13. Child marriage is fuelled by poverty. When families are destitute, marriage can seem like their daughter’s only chance of future security.
But rather than protecting a girl, early marriage puts her at grave risk of physical violence, HIV/AIDS, and serious complications during pregnancy and childbirth. It locks down her future and denies her the chance to fulfil her potential.
Camfed has a unique solution, based on the leadership of the young women who were supported to go to school by Camfed in sub-Saharan Africa, now part of the powerful CAMA network.
Many of these young women were once themselves destined to be child brides, and they understand what it takes to help girls escape this poverty trap. Trained as ‘GirlGuardians,’ they will identify girls in their communities who are vulnerable to early marriage, and work with families and local authorities to ensure girls receive the support they need to stay in school and succeed.
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Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their empowerment is now transforming communities