For a girl with untapped potential, child marriage could end her life before it starts.
Angie is 13 and lives in a one-bedroom house with her family in Honduras.
When I left for Lalwi village, in Bahraich, to meet the girls of Ekta adolescent group, little did I know that I was about to discover a gold mine of inspirational stories.
Thanks to the Join My Village maternal health program in India, women like Seema are learning about prenatal care and safe births in their local villages.
She just became the most educated person in her family.
Orphaned at age 13, Jenifer was raised by her aunts, whom she affectionately calls her “other mothers.” They’re subsistence farmers who live in a tiny mud-brick home with Jenifer and her sister.
They expected her to stay home until she got married. She chose school instead.
As the oldest daughter of a poor family in a rural Indian farming community, Laxmi, age 12, was destined to do housework, watch after her four younger siblings and marry at age 14.
This ‘burden’ said no to child marriage, and demanded an education instead.
It was all arranged, even the dowry.