Organizations can fight child marriage with $23 million in grants
August 29, 2013
Attending the wedding ceremonies of children is something few people in the United States have experienced. However, in Southeast Asia, the practice of marrying off young daughters is not uncommon. Take Zeenat?, for instance, an Indian girl who had already been divorced three times by the time she turned 17, The Guardian reported.
The news source explained that numerous nonprofits and foundations are working tirelessly to stop this practice. Two organizations - the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Care USA - were recently given a total of $20 million in grants by the Kendeda Fund to end child marriages in the region, the paper explained. They received $15.3 million and $7.7 million, respectively.
"With the Kendeda Fund's generous support, AJWS and the social change organizations it works with in India will be able to deepen and strengthen their efforts to hasten the end of child marriage and improve the lives of millions of girls," AJWS President Ruth Messinger stated.
The two groups will focus on child weddings in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, which have the three highest rates of this occurrence in the world, The Guardian detailed.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.