In Kenya’s coastal region:
- 42 percent of girls are married before the age of 15.
- More than 40 percent have their first child by age 18.
GHR funds efforts to empower Christian, Muslim and Traditionalist leaders to work with schools, government agencies and other stakeholders to increase child protection and reduce child marriage. The project is focused on:
- Training boys and girls to advocate against child marriage in their communities
- Working with communities to adopt religious and traditional values and practices that reduce child marriage
- Improving implementation of policies and laws that prevent child marriage
- Mobilizing local leadership to ensure the project will be locally owned long-term
To date, the project has seen the following results:
- More than 1,000 children have been trained on their rights and responsibilities through school peace clubs – these groups have become forums for reporting potential child protection concerns
- Clerics and community advocates have begun to tackle child marriage – rescuing girls with inter-faith teams, ensuring girls are returned to school and providing counseling to families
- Local teams, working in partnership with county government, have taken over management of the projects in Lamu and Tana Delta
- The project has generated 196 loans from 51 savings and internal lending communities groups, totaling $30,000, which have been used to support girl’s education
By engaging interfaith leaders, we can improve development results. To learn more about scaling up this or other inter-religious efforts, contact us.