Felice holding her baby Christmas

At just 15 years old, Felice has already overcome so much in her young life.

"I was born in Congo but when I was 12 years old my father forced me to marry a man in Tanzania… When I arrived, the man told me he had paid my dowry so I belonged to him now. That night, he raped me.”

Felice* became a mother at 13 years old. She named her daughter Christmas. Her husband continued to abuse her and the baby. Lonely and frightened, she fled to the Nyarugusu refugee camp where, thankfully, we were able to help.

Read Felice's story here.

Give £35 to protect a girl from child marriage

With your support through UK Aid Match*, our partner Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC), provided Felice with someone to listen. Volunteer paralegals trained by WLAC helped Felice report her husband to camp police, find somewhere safe to live and, crucially, understand her rights. And now, Felice is determined to help other girls her age to stay in school and stand up against child marriage. 

Out of fear and loneliness, girls are finding strength and hope. But there is still so much to be done.

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Almost 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are forced into marriage before they reach 18 years old

Ending child marriage

In Nyarugusu refugee camp, child marriage is a huge issue for girls who are frequently married off as compensation for unpaid debts. Taking a whole community approach, WLAC trains refugees within the camp as paralegals to support girls with free legal advice and counselling, and works with the camp police to stop marriages from taking place.
 


With your support we can protect thousands of young girls from the terrifying ordeal Felice went through >

How you can support girls to stand up to violence
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This project is funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development through the UK Aid Match scheme
This project is funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development through the UK Aid Match scheme.

* We have changed the name and photo of the girl we supported to protect her identity.