Sep 21 2011

Sponsored child: Polygamy is ‘outdated tradition’

Everline, CFCA sponsored youth in KenyaMeet Everline, a 14-year-old sponsored through CFCA in Kenya. She has the opportunity through sponsorship to stay in school ñ better options for her future than her mother ever had.

Her mother was 14 years old when she married Everline’s father. She was his fourth wife.

CFCA social workers in the area of Kisumu, Kenya, see many sponsored children come from polygamous families. They encourage youth to retain traditions and customs that are worthwhile and discard those that can be harmful.

They teach girls like Everline to believe in themselves and pursue a good education.

ìI think itís an outdated tradition,î Everline said. ìMy wish is to excel in my education and have a good job so that I do not have to get married to a polygamous man.”

Read more of Everline’s story.

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