Child Grooms of Nepal
You have probably heard of child marriage, children being forced into marriage, but this usually brings to mind child brides; young girls being forced to marry much older men. That’s why I’m working with CARE.org, a global humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering people, to bring awareness of young boys in Nepal who are forced to marry as children and expected to perform all duties as a husband, even having children of their own.
A Father, A Hero
Here in the states we just celebrated Father’s Day, thinking of what a wonderful life changing step it is to become a Daddy.
But what if this was forced upon you? Fatherhood is hard even when it’s something you truly desire. What if you are much too young to raise a child, or even produce a child, though the expectation is still pressured upon you?
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Pannilal Yadav’s story is heartbreaking, but inspiring.
He is a hero in my eyes. He was brave enough to speak out and able to share his experience as a child groom and is now working tirelessly with CARE to make a big difference and save other children from the same fate. He is resentful that he missed the opportunity to finish school and work toward the career of dreams. Rather, he felt pressure to grow and support his family. He feels he would not be living in poverty if he could have continued his education.
He is fighting for change against the customs of his culture, not an easy feat. You can help him stand up for change!
Watch this video to hear in his own words and then sign the petition below.
How can you help?
We can make a difference. Together we can spread awareness of the plight of child grooms.
Use your voice and share your support by signing the pre-drafted letter to your members of congress:
We can push for change, but only if we each take action now.