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Training for Togolese women to end child marriage!

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Training for Togolese women to end child marriage!

Togo 80 Contributors Launched November 08, 2017 Funding ends:30-10-2018
Project Funded

Testimonial

"This project has really changed our life. At first, we were afraid of bees because they sting. Today, our incomes come from bees. We extract honey and sell it. Thanks to this income- generating activity, we can pay for our children to go to school and for medical care when we get sick…"
– Tawi, who was married when she was 15 years old, a mother of 5 children

THE CHALLENGE

In Togo, an average of 1 in 4 girls is married before she reaches her 18th birthday -- and 6% of girls are married before the age of 15. Child marriage is even more widespread in rural and underprivileged areas, and it poses a major obstacle to the achievement of girls’ and women’s rights across the country.

 

Child marriage is closely linked to the issue of girls’ education: 44% of young women age 20-24 years who have received no education were married before their 18th birthday; for young women who completed secondary education, the rate of child marriage drops to 8%.

 

Child marriage severely limits girls’ life prospects and exposes them to serious health risks. Although the Togolese government recently launched a national program to end child marriage, there is still much to do to eradicate this harmful practice, which shatters girls’ lives.

The SOLUTIONS WE'RE PROPOSING

W4’s field partner, Carrefour de Développement, works to protect girls in the Anié district (in southern Togo) from child marriage, while also promoting the education and empowerment of young women who were married as children.

 

The program places young women at the heart of its activities: it aims to educate and support young women who have suffered early marriage, so that they can become change agents in their local communities. The main component of the program is income-generating activity training to help these young women establish sustainable livelihoods and gain financial independence.

 

The income-generating activities include bee farming (and honey production and marketing) and tree planting. These enterprises have a dual positive impact: providing a source of revenues for the women, while also having a positive environmental impact by contributing to the reforestation of the region and helping the local community to adapt to climate change.

 

As part of the program, the young women benefit from training and education on the issue of child marriage, including workshops and discussion groups, with the objective of generating collective community solutions to end child marriage. The overall goal is to raise community awareness about the dangers of child marriage and to mobilize the local community members and traditional leaders to commit, through a written community pledge, to eradicate child marriage.

 

A final component of the program is the provision of health services, specifically free medical services for girls and young women in the district to detect and treat STIs and AIDS.

THE IMPACT OF GIVING

By contributing to this innovative program, you offer young women who were married as children the opportunity to participate in life-changing training that can improve their lives and welfare and help eradicate child marriage. Your donation will enable young women to establish livelihoods and gain financial autonomy, through bee farming and tree planting, simultaneously having a positive impact on the environment by promoting the reforestation of local land.

 

You can enable these young women to benefit from adapted training and acquire the skills they need to become change agents in their communities: developing and implementing a community program to end child marriage.

 

And your help contributes to providing free medical care for underprivileged girls and women, which can have a crucial impact on their health and future.

 

Together, we can end child marriage!

Contributors

Avery
Canada

Mona
New Zealand

James
United States

Anonymous
Canada

Alison
United States

Anonymous
United States

jennifer
United States

sending love and hope to these amazing women

lucia
Italy

Anonymous
United States

Sam
United Kingdom

Anonymous
Australia

Nina
Finland

Anonymous
United States

Anonymous
United States

Rebecca
United States

Jessica
United Kingdom

Rachel
Australia

Muriel
France

Nathan
United States

Benjamin
United States

Sahar
United States

Vanessa
Canada

Sahar
United States

Evan
Canada

Dusty
United States

Alison
United States

Anonymous
United States

Donations were made by 8th Grade Students at Gage Middle School Magnet

Ben
United States

This gift is on behalf of Shraddha Trehan, Snipta Mallick, and Zain Khoja who chose this particular project to give a donation.

Gaby
France

Dawn
Canada

Anna
Finland

Harry
United States

Peter
United States

Jennie
United States

Kevin
United States

Anonymous
United States

Anonymous
United States

Rima
United States

Andrea
United States

Matthew
United States

Anonymous
United States

Lucina
United States

Amy
United States

Erin
United States

Anonymous
United Arab Emirates

Alison
United States

Anonymous
United States

Anonymous
United States

Alexandra
United Kingdom

Alison
United States

Jessica
United States

Kelsey
United States

Alison
United States

Ailish
United States

Anonymous
United States

Sundeep
Canada

Anonymous
Australia

Anonymous
United States

Abby
United States

Anonymous
United Kingdom

Abby
New Zealand

Klaudyne
United States

Anonymous
United States

This project sound amazing, good luck.

Lisa
Canada

Nerris
United States

Grace
United Kingdom

Christopher
United States

Jane
Australia

Lourdes
United States

Carolina
United States

Tahnee
Australia

Sophie
United Kingdom

Anonymous
Australia

Virginia
United Kingdom

This money was raised by the sale of a magazine produced by the pupils of the school

Anonymous
United States

kaorra
United States

Anonymous
United States

Can you please email (lisa@santafedrygoods.com) or mail Gift Letter to SFDG, 53 Old Santa Fe Trail , Santa Fe, Nm 87501

John
United States

Courtney
Canada

This donation is from Captured by Courtney Photography, money received through a fundraising photoshoot event!

Gaby
France

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