In the quiet majestic corners of Nepal, the Terai area is often home to many dalit communities, hidden beneath the veil of tradition and societal norms, lies a stark reality that many prefer to overlook. Behind the smiles of young brides lies a tale of lost childhoods, lack of education, shattered dreams, and enduring pain. For countless girls, the journey into marriage begins far too soon, often before they even reach adolescence. Plucked from the safety of their homes and thrust into the arms of strangers, these girls are denied the chance to explore their identities, pursue their aspirations, and shape their own destinies.

The consequences of child marriage reverberate throughout a girl’s life, casting a long shadow over her future prospects. Denied access to education, many child brides are trapped in a cycle of poverty, unable to break free from the chains of dependence and exploitation. Forced into adulthood before their time, they grapple with the physical and emotional toll of early pregnancy and motherhood, risking their health and well-being in the process.

Yet, in many cases, girls are married off against their will, their voices silenced and their choices disregarded. Stripped of their fundamental rights, they become mere pawns in a game they never consented to play, trapped in a reality that offers little hope for escape.

But amidst the darkness, there are glimmers of hope – Our Sansar aims to tell the stories of resilience, courage, and defiance that inspire us to believe in the possibility of change. From the young girl who dares to defy tradition and pursue her education, to the survivor who finds the strength to speak out against injustice, these voices remind us of the power of resilience in the face of adversity.

Our Sansar bears witness to the stories of victims of child marriage, we are called to action. We cannot afford to remain silent in the face of such injustice; we must raise our voices in solidarity with those who have been silenced. By amplifying their stories, advocating for their rights, and working towards systemic change, we can create a world where every child is free to grow, learn, and thrive.

Our Sansar addressed the root cause of child marriage, tackling issues such as poverty, gender inequality, most importantly the lack of education that perpetuate this harmful practice. By investing in girls’ education, empowering women and girls, and challenging harmful social norms, we can pave the way for a future where every child has the opportunity to realize their full potential.

The victims of child marriage deserve more than our sympathy; they deserve our unwavering commitment to justice and equality. Together, let us stand in solidarity with survivors, amplifying their voices and advocating for their rights. We hope to build a world where every child is free to dream, to learn, and to live a life of dignity and fulfilment.

In the video below, meet Mamina – one of our teachers who has overcome child marriage and what it means to her. A truly touching story of a truly amazing lady.

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