Fighting for her freedom
Because, through Child Sponsorship, World Vision is working with Janet’s community, she knew what to do to take back her future. World Vision sponsors support children in the community to run their own child parliament, which meets every Wednesday to discuss their rights: the right to worship, the right to education, the right to play and the right to just be a child.
As the chairperson of her school’s child parliament, Janet knows her rights and knew exactly what to do.
She called her mother, who is no longer married to her father. She understood that Janet was in danger, because sponsors also support work to make sure parents know the damage that child marriage does to girls and communities, and how important it is to protect their daughters from it. Janet’s mother sent her money for a motorbike to come back home, and Janet escaped.
It takes a village
Because child sponsors support the community to take a stand against child marriage as well, Janet and her mother had people to turn to for help. Janet told her teacher, Patrick, about her father’s plans.
“Janet came to school and informed me about how they were going to marry her off,” says Patrick. “She didn’t want it. She came crying and she didn’t want to go back home.”
Patrick is a member of the local Citizen Voice and Action Group, so he knew what to do to help young girls fight for their freedom.
When her father refused to take responsibility for her, a local nurse agreed to take Janet in.
“[She] stayed there for one year. When it was time for exams, she passed,” Patrick explains.