*The children depicted in this campaign are not victims of child marriage but represent the many girls who are.
It’s known as ‘child marriage’, but in reality, it’s child abuse. COVID-19 has made the poorest even poorer. Thousands more girls as young as 8 years old are now at risk of being married off to three or four times their age, just to keep food on the table.
By sponsoring a girl, you’ll protect her from exploitation. You’ll help break the cycle of poverty, provide support for her education, keep her healthy and keep her safe.
Ilham was just 11 years old when her father sold her into marriage.
Stuck in the cycle of poverty, Ilham's future was destined to follow the same path as her mother. Ilham's mother was just a child herself when she was sold into early marriage. No child should ever be a bride.
Through the support of people like you, Ilham has been spared this abusive fate and is now free to be a child. At a World Vision Community Change Group, Ilham's mother learned that women and girls have rights. She then fought for her daughter's safety and freedom.
By sponsoring a girl, you’ll protect her from exploitation. You’ll help break the cycle of poverty, provide support for her education and give her a chance to reach her dreams.
Please provide your name and phone number and we will be in touch to help.
If I sponsor a child where does my money go?
Your money does not go directly to your sponsor child, or their family, but enables World Vision to work with their entire community to have an even bigger impact and make long-term sustainable change for everyone. As a member of this community, your Sponsor Child receives the benefits of this incredible change and their own lives are transformed.
How long will I sponsor my child?
In most cases, it will be throughout their childhood and into their teens. Most children will be in the sponsorship programme until their community has begun to reach most of its goals, and become self-sustainable. As a project comes to a close we will let you know of the achievements in the community so you can celebrate with us.
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