Married by 14, mother by 15, abandoned by 16, back in 7th grade at 19

1456641_10152373887022818_116347521_nAfter three days of teaching a group of thoughtful, well-spoken teachers and church leaders in Bondo, Kenya, I was impressed. Where was the oppression I thought was supposed to be so prevalent in rural Africa? The women who stood up to talk during the training would have made the average American woman look mousy and timid–all of them seemed to speak with a confidence and passion I still struggle to muster. Am I okay standing in front? Is my outfit non-descript enough, my heels short enough that I won’t look taller than the guys on stage, won’t take up too much space? If I raise the whisper-soft tambre of my voice, will people find me brash and intimidating? Yes, I still struggle not to shrink, but these women seemed to have no problem claiming their space.

Then Domnic took me to meet Seline, one of the girls EFOGE sponsors so she can remain in school.

And oh, my heart.

Please watch the video. It is one girl’s story, but it’s also millions of girls’ story.

If you are interested in helping Seline and girls like her stay in school, please shoot me an email, and I will tell you how you can help.

3 Responses to Married by 14, mother by 15, abandoned by 16, back in 7th grade at 19

  1. Bev Murrill December 1, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Fantastic story of Seline, Jenny. What a strong young woman she is. How tough for those girls. It gives a whole new meaning to ‘getting the girl out of the kitchen’. Ugghhh… God be with Seline. Jenny, this is a fantastic series you are doing.

  2. Diana Trautwein December 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I’m late to this series, Jenny, but this is a powerful video. We lived in Zambia almost 50 years ago and knew some of these same things to be true while we were there. To see an African man working for a gender equality group is nothing short of astounding to me. God is doing such important work on that continent – and there you are, in the middle of it all. Thanks for this story – and and all others in this series which I need to explore ASAP.

  3. Cynthia February 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    What a moving story. Thank you for sharing this.

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