Saved From an Early Marriage
Beatriz Cebola, 14, lost her parents a year ago, and an aunt took her in. But her aunt struggled to provide for her, so she decided Beatriz needed to marry instead of attend school. Refusing to accept this fate, Beatriz sought help at a World Vision club she had attended for two years in her hometown in Mozambique — she had helped others but now needed help herself. “I trusted them,” she says. “I knew that was the right place to go.”
Through the help of the club and the local World Vision program manager, they secured a trial for Beatriz’s aunt and the man Beatriz was to marry. The verdict came: Beatriz would not marry the man, or else the family would face a penalty. “I felt like I had awakened from the worst nightmare,” Beatriz says. “If I had married, this time, probably, I would be pregnant and out of school, just like what happens to a lot of girls in our community.” Now she is excited about her future. “I want to be a teacher,” she says. “I want to educate other children, just the way I am being educated.”
Beatriz can keep living and playing like the child she is. Most of all, so that she can pursue her dream of becoming a teacher.
Photo© 2013 World Vision, Antonio Matimbe
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