Villagers Change Minds About Child Marriages

KW Village*, Nepal

This month, I did various presentations of Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons and activities with the community's women. I taught some critical subjects of TCD, which were important lessons for the community. Many women comfortably and joyfully participated in the TCD classes. They were delighted to receive the TCD lessons because they found them interesting to learn and apply. 

 

At this time, I become conscious of the effect that child marriages have because they destroy the value of education and rights of children in this community. So, I decided to talk to the villagers about the problem and found out why they get married so early. They practise this tradition so that the family's elders, i.e., grandfather or grandmother, can go to heaven after seeing their grandchild's face. I also saw the effects of early marriage on women's health, which increases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer, malaria, death during childbirth, obstetric fistulas, etc. This practice forces boys and girls to get married and compels them to have a child at an early age. It is difficult for a child to give birth to a child, and it is hazardous and harmful to both mother and newborn child. I therefore did my best to explain the causes and consequences of child marriage to the community's villagers. By teaching this TCD lesson, the villagers have been changing their minds and are committed to stopping child marriage in the whole community.

 

On the other hand, I have shown them the merits of Education, Health and Income Generation activities. Due to COVID-19 and lockdown, many schools were closed, and many children were not gaining knowledge from their teachers. Schools are now open again, but the problem is that children do not want to go back to school. So, I tried to give some lessons to the village children, telling them how important it is to study for a bright future. Since then, children of the community have begun to return to their respective schools. 

 

I also taught the villagers about Income Generation and how they can be self-sustainable. As of now, the village is really growing into self-sustainability with the help of TCD lessons. With the TCD community's technical support, many villagers are currently involved in different kinds of Income Generation work and started saving their earnings. 

 

Lastly, I taught the villagers about the benefits of eating good and balanced food. At first, many of them had no idea about what food was nutritious and had protein. But after explaining the TCD lessons about Food Security, they understood all about it. I try to encourage the villagers to live a healthy life by having a clean and safe diet. 

 

There are many other activities that I am continuing to practise in the community so far. This includes door-to-door visits to encourage the villagers to follow our TCD teachings and methods in their daily lifestyle. I also told people to work on Income Generation to maintain a sustainable life. 

 

Thank you!

 

Mary
GHNI TCD Worker

*For purposes of security, “KW Village” is a pseudonym for the village being helped by this project.

 

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