FORWARD UK

Supporting child mothers in Tanzania

Child mothers and child brides are marginalised in Tanzania. With limited education and livelihood options, many become mothers early and risk further poverty and ill-health. FORWARD will support affected girls with skills, livelihood options and mobilise action to improve rights of at risk girls.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (292403)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£4,072

Donations

12

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • ...My marriage was dignity for the rest but ruined my childhood‚Ķ

    — A girl from Tarime

  • "I got married at 14 years with my own consent because of the hardship at home"

    — Voice of Tarime Child Bride

  • ...My marriage was dignity for the rest but ruined my childhood…

    — A girl from Tarime

  • "I got married at 14 years with my own consent because of the hardship at home"

    — Voice of Tarime Child Bride

Situation

Child marriage and teenage pregnancy is a major problem in Tanzania, 38 % of girls are married before the attain 18 years, this is more pronounced in rural areas. Child motheirs are more likely to die at child birth or suffer disabilities. They are less likely to have skills and information on child development and more likely to have malnourished children. Girls are at risk of sexual abuse, domestic violence and have higher levels of HIV. Many drop out of school and fail to acquire key skills.

Solution

The project will aim to work with girls to set up a network of support; provide training in livelihood and leadership skills that enable the girls access information and entrepreneurship training to undertake income generating activities; the project provides them with early child development training and support- including providing a model creche for the community. The project will work with communities through community dialogue techniques to engage and mobilise action against child marriage