Bezu is a girl from a rural area inhabited by agricultural families. At 13, she escaped a planned abduction outside her school.
“When I was 13 I was finishing Grade 7. I didn’t know but a marriage had been arranged for me by my parents, to a man I didn’t know. In this area families will arrange a marriage for their daughter, without her knowing, and then agree that the man can abduct the girl. It’s cultural. It’s because a girl would otherwise be resistant. Once you’ve been abducted you’re his.
From Street to School
When Ben’s parents died in a car crash when he was just 8 years old, he was sent to live with his Aunt who badly mistreated him. With nowhere else to turn, he dropped out of school and ended up on the streets of Mombasa. 8th September is International Literacy Day, a day to celebrate the joy of reading, and the the power of education!
How small savings amount to big change
In rural Ethiopia, poor parents have little to spend on their daughter’s education and spend even less if they do not value it. Our Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) project, delivered with local partner CHADET, identifies girls who are at risk of dropping out of school for these reasons and supports them as well as their parents, who are often single mothers.
Human Trafficking in Nepal
Human Trafficking has truly become a global threat to vulnerable women, children and men worldwide. It is an injustice that affects millions of people every year on every continent and at all socioeconomic levels. Trafficking is a highly-organised and lucrative business, generating 150 billion US dollars per year, 99 billion of which is generated by sex trafficking within the prostitution industry.