Terre des Hommes Netherlands recently rescued 108 child brides in Shinyanga, Tanzania - the region with the highest rate of child marriage in the country. The girls were given temporary shelter and provided with vocational training for an independent future. Their marriages were annulled.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands also prevented 89 young girls from being forced into marriage. In the fight against child marriage, Terre des Hommes Netherlands deliberately mobilises local child protection authorities and the community, especially the traditional leaders.
In Tanzania almost four in ten girls get married before their eighteenth birthday. The younger a girl marries, the higher her dowry, an important asset for the whole family. But child brides are both physically and mentally not ready for an adult relationship and its consequences, such as pregnancy and childbirth. Moreover, young brides usually quit school.