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Rescuing Girls From Forced Early Marriage

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In East Africa, rural families are often unable to pay secondary school fees, especially for girls. Due to financial hardship, many young girls are subjected to early marriage and childbearing soon after completing primary school. Working with a local women's organization, Global Partners helped establish a Girls Rescue Center in Tanzania to assist Maasai girls looking to escape early marriage. These girls are frequently coming from abusive homes and have nowhere else to go. The center provides a place for girls to stay that is safe while they are transitioned into their dormitories at educational institutions. Funds raised will pay for scholarships, including school fees, room and board, uniforms, books, scholastic materials and personal hygiene items, for girls in the rescue center as well as for other girls whose families are unable to pay for secondary school. Educating a girl has a resounding impact on household health and economic well-being that increases exponentially. Research shows that when girls go to secondary school, they are more likely to have higher household income, fewer children, healthier children, and more educated children. Therefore, educating a girl builds a bridge to self-sufficiency for their future families and communities for generations to come.

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