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Lucy Beck

Stop the cycle of child bride and widowhood

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My story

[p]I’m canoeing down the lower Zambezi river in July to keep adolescent girls in school. Why ? Did you know that child marriage holds back 15 million girls a year, or about 41,000 a day, denying them fundamental rights and undermining their future. If there is no reduction in child marriage, 1.2 billion girls will marry as children by 2050 – equivalent to the entire population of India. In my opinion – Education is a vital key to breaking the cycle of widowhood and child marriage. So when I was given the chance to join this trip to help children in rural Zambia get an education beyond the age of 10 - I jumped at it.[/p][p]Child marriage in West Africa has the highest overall rate with 77 percent of women married before adulthood. Child marriage impedes poverty reduction, education, gender equality and women's empowerment, child mortality, maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Early marriage is also a serious threat to the physical and psychological health of girls who are not physically mature enough to have babies for instance.[/p][p]The challenge lies in the vicious cycle of poverty. A young womans husband, who is significantly older than her dies, she has no means of supporting herself due to limited rights for women to own property amongst other factors. In order to survive she accepts a dowry from a mature man for her daughter so she can support the remaining family. The daughter is married sometimes as young as 10 or 11, frequently a mum herself within a couple of years, and a widow herself a few years later. And so the cycle continues.[/p][p]Free education is something we readily have access to in the UK and Europe but this isn't the case in Zambia. Secondary education (years 9, 10 & 11) is NOT free so the only way these children will access school is with external help.[/p][p]As a team of 9 we are aiming to collectively raise as much as possible to sponsor orphaned and disadvantaged children in rural Zambia to go to secondary school. It costs £500 per year to keep a child in school. I personally would like to raise a minimum of £5000 which is 3 girls for 3 yrs plus a bit. I’d love to raise 10 X that if I could.[/p][p]Your donations, whatever the size will greatly help.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

10 Jul 2018



Jul 18, 2018

Elly Rose

I look forward to hearing all about your adventures!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 5, 2018

S Fedor

a good cause, good luck

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 2, 2018

4 Wilkos

£80.00 plus £20.00 Gift Aid

Jun 26, 2018

Gemma Thomas

Good luck Lucy. It sounds like an amazing adventure and for a great cause.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 20, 2018

Free Code Camp Salisbury

Best wishes for your epic adventure!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 19, 2018

The Colour Works

What an adventure and for such an important cause! Good luck from all at The Colour Works.


Jun 14, 2018

Hugh Davies

Very exciting!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 29, 2018


Great mission Lucy, good luck!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 15, 2018


Good luck x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 15, 2018

Sue SS

Good luck :)

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid