Twelve year-old girls should be planning slumber parties, or dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up.
Twelve year-old girls should not be worrying about marriage.
But in Bangladesh, that’s exactly the case.
With a long history of child marriage, Bangladesh sees girls as young as ten or eleven married to much older men.
Families living in extreme poverty often feel they have no choice but to marry their daughters off.
In the blink of an eye, futures disappear. Dreams disappear. Within months, some of these little girls become mothers themselves. Some don’t survive childbirth, their bodies’ ill-prepared for the trauma.
Thankfully, there’s a way to stop this from happening.
When a girl goes to school, it not only saves her from an early marriage, but gives her the skills she needs to create a better life for herself.
Meet the girls of Parulia Para, Bangladesh, who are able to go to school, and dream a better dream for their futures.
“Through my education . . . this will make me a complete person. My education will help advance this society.”
Salma hopes to become a lawyer when she finishes her schooling.
Eva loves all subjects, especially her mother-tongue of Bengali. She wants to be a police officer when she grows up.
“I want to be a doctor and stand beside the poor and those who are not receiving help.”
“If I think about not going to school, then I am very sad because then I cannot have a good life. It’s important to learn and develop myself.”
Anjana enjoys studying English, math, and science at school.
Without financial support, school is not an option for many impoverished children in places like Bangladesh.
You can give a young girl or boy the chance to learn. Through the Global Gift Guide, your gift of $50 will educate two children for an entire year, and give them the means to a bright, hopeful future.