When I left for Lalwi village, in Bahraich, to meet the girls of Ekta adolescent group, little did I know that I was about to discover a gold mine of inspirational stories.
This ‘burden’ said no to child marriage, and demanded an education instead.
It was all arranged, even the dowry.
This ‘Disposable’ Girl Became The Most Educated Person in Her Village.
When Robena was 16 years old, her father killed a person, and gave Robena to the family he had hurt in order to compensate for the death. She, too, had become a victim of her father's crime.
Twelve-year-old Eleni* was so excited to be receiving new clothes from her parents that she didn’t ask why until it was too late. Dressed in a new t-shirt and skirt she was greeted liked a princess by family and neighbors.
In a small, rural village in northern Ethiopia, Fikere and her husband Kasa would like to have three children – two boys and a girl.