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BENEFITING: CAMFED

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THE STORY:

Our goal is to support the charity Camfed and raise support to sign petitions so that change in third world countries happens for children. We want children to stay in school, especially girls, so that they have an opportunity to make a difference and not suffer cruelty, disease, abuse, poverty and premature death. Please donate, or raise support in other ways.

To petition for change to world leaders please visit:

  • http://www.one.org/c/international/actnow/3835/?source=act_button
  • http://act.one.org/sign/sweet_potato/
  • https://my.care.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=508

To educate yourself on The Girl Effect and to hear the stories of children living in third world countries, please visit:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIvmE4_KMNw
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVTdderZrVA
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8xgF0JtVg
  • http://shuttertothink.org/learn/girls-stories
  • http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

To support female business owners who have been disadvantaged and to also raise money to educate the next generation by buying merchandise online, please visit:

  • http://www.buythechangeusa.org/
  • http://the-brave-collection.myshopify.com/
  • http://shuttertothink.org/
  • http://www.halftheskymovement.org/pages/buy-for-good

Child Marriage: the facts

- An estimated 10 million girls aged under 18 are married worldwide each year.

- In the developing world, one in seven girls is married before her 15th birthday and some child brides are as young as eight or nine.

- An estimated 3,500 girls under 15 become child brides every day. Pregnancy is the leading cause of death among them.

- Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s. Girls aged 15-19 are twice as likely to die.

- Girls under 18 are at much higher risk of pregnancy-related injuries such as fistulas.

- Child brides are at greater risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases than unmarried, sexually active girls of the same age.

- The children of child brides are 60% more likely to die before their first birthday than the children of mothers who are over 19.

- Even if the child survives, he or she is more likely to suffer from low birth weight, under nutrition and late physical and cognitive development.

- Child brides are almost always forced to leave school when, or before, they get married.

(Sources: Unicef, White Ribbon Alliance, Girls Not Brides, World Vision)

 

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