1 in 5 girls worldwide become child brides, married before the age of 18.

1 in 5 girls worldwide become child brides, married before the age of 18.

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. Real Lives. Real Impact. Real Change. 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. Economic Incentives 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. Social Pressure There is much-perceived honor in becoming a woman, marrying...
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Effective Solutions

Bringing an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage requires a broad-based, long-term commitment. Experience has shown that there are no quick or easy solutions. Widespread and permanent renouncement of female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage comes about through a process of positive social change. Interventions and programs must therefore: Programs need to engage all groups of a community in discussion and debate, focus on empowering women and educating girls, and encourage public commitment to renouncing female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. Achieving this generates the necessary consensus and coordination to bring about permanent positive social change.   Become a part of something bigger! Help give Maasai girls the opportunity and freedom to gain an education and the skills to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. 100% of every dollar generated online goes directly into our programs to help rescue Maasai girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. ...
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The Issue

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) violates a girl's human rights It also breaks Kenyan law. Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal for girls under 18 in Kenya since 2002, when the Children’s Act came into force, and for everyone since 2011, when the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011 came into force. Yet almost 90% of Maasai girls undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Every day, Maasai girls are forced into FGM and early marriage. It is a heartbreaking reality, a vicious cycle that perpetuates itself generation after generation because of extreme poverty, tradition, and perceived gender roles that severely limit a Maasai girl's chances of getting an education. It's working. With your generous contributions, Coins for Change children have the opportunity to build better futures for themselves and their families. Real Lives. Real Impact. Real Change.  1,000 Goats donated to Maasai families, as a source of nutrition and income >50 Children sponsored into quality boarding schools Safe House A Safe House built to protect women and children in immediate risk of violence,...
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