Photo: M Benanav

4 in 10 girls in Ethiopia are being married before their 18th birthday.

These girls are more likely to have a teenage pregnancy, resulting in a greater chance of birth injuries like obstetric fistula, or even death. They won’t have control over decisions that affect their lives, including the opportunity to finish school and be able to earn an income. They will also have a greater likelihood of experiencing violence at the hands of their husband.

With your help, our partners can protect girls and work alongside communities to end child marriage.

Parents believe they have no alternative; marrying their daughters to wealthier families, desperate to give their children security.

Impact story

Child Marriage: Haalima’s Story

Child marriage in Ethiopia: Haalima’s reality Haalima was only 15 years old when her parents told her she had to marry a man she’d never

How will my donation help women and girls in Ethiopia?

Our partner APDA is working hard to end this violation of girls’ rights, by:

Training and employing Women Extension Workers; respected and valued women living within communities, who are there to support girls who might be at risk and intervene when needed.

Promoting female literacy and empowering women and girls by holding workshops for young people to learn how to articulate their views on child marriage, and respectfully engage their elders.

Coaching clan leaders so that when they return to their regions, they ensure this illegal practice cannot take place.

Providing emergency food rations and assisting parents to access opportunities for work.

We aim to raise €36,939 to fund the training for 25 Women Extension Workers and help reverse the terrifying rise in child marriages. Your donation can help us reach this target.

Please donate today and help protect girls.

Find out more

Watch our animation to see just how important supporting girls can be for lifelong change…

1 in 5 girls in the Afar region of Ethiopia will experience FGM

Why Ethiopiaid?

We raise funds for local Ethiopian charities to transform lives and achieve lasting change.

Our partners know the context and solutions; we listen and provide appropriate support. Growth and development are tracked in local communities using robust monitoring and evaluation. Partnerships continue as long as there’s a clear need and opportunities to make a lasting impact.

Our vision – an Ethiopia in which every person has access to quality education, healthcare and a life of dignity.

Our mission – breaking the cycle of poverty by enabling the poorest and most vulnerable and their communities to live with dignity, to build resilience and achieve real and sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.


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