When ADRA came to start work here, they gathered parents and teachers together from our community to have discussions about the dangers of early childhood marriage and the importance of education. We learned that having a baby before the age of 18 is not safe for either the mother or the baby. We also learned that when girls get an education, they tend to look after their parents better when they are older.
Then ADRA built a school compound near our village with beautiful classrooms, toilets, and a good well.
They gave the children everything that they needed to learn, like backpacks, textbooks, exercise books, pens and pencils, and a solar lamp so that they can study their lessons after dark! ADRA also worked with the teachers to help them improve their methods of teaching so that they could become better teachers!
ADRA has really changed the way our whole community now thinks about the importance of education and about early marriage for our girls. After meeting with our village elders and community leaders to discuss these issues, they have also started recommending that we keep our girls in school.”