Speak Up


Since becoming a World Vision sponsored child, 10-year-old Sanjida has become a social activist, campaigning against child marriage in Bangladesh.

When Sanjida hears about a girl who is getting married, she jumps into action. She alerts her friends and together they approach the girl’s home, demanding to speak to the girl’s parents.

Only 10, Sanjida is already credited with stopping one child marriage and educating dozens of other families in her community about the dangers of child marriage.

In Bangladesh, where one in three girls is married before the age of 15, Sanjida is taking on traditional practices and calling for just one thing: keep girls in school.

Sanjida and other child club leaders across Bangladesh are now ushering in a hope of a better and healthy future. There are about 41,000 children in 639 World Vision children clubs across Bangladesh who are also acting to keep more children in school and fewer girls from getting married at a young age in their communities.

Sanjida credits World Vision with the remarkable change she sees in her community.

She often hears, “We have found out something that we were not aware of.”

And most importantly, her fellow villagers tell her, “This is something we will carry forward and share with our children and grandchildren.”

Photo©2014 World Vision

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