It is estimated that 1 in 5 girls worldwide become child brides, married before the age of 18.
Coins for Change is committed to rescuing Maasai girls from being forced into female genital mutilation (FGM) and into becoming child brides, and providing them with the education, resources and freedom to make a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.
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Child marriage is against the law in Kenya. Despite this, it is estimated that over 90% of Maasai girls go through female genital mutilation (FGM) between the ages of 11 and 14, and are shortly thereafter married as child brides.
Why Maasai girls marry at such an early age.
A daughter’s marriage increases her parent’s wealth through the dowry they receive and by relieving them of the cost of supporting her.
Fear of Early Pregnancy
Traditional practices make Maasai girls highly vulnerable to becoming pregnant, and premarital pregnancy brings disgrace and a reduced dowry.
There is much-perceived honor in becoming a woman, marrying with one’s virtue intact and bearing children for one’s husband.
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