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Yesterday I recieved my first letter from my sponsored child and I was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever felt in my life. But with my joy also came new fear. The members of her family are listed on the other side of her letter. I noticed that her 15 year old sister had a different last name than the other family members. I hoped there was some other explanation for this, so I asked a good friend of mine who lives in Bangladesh. My friend said that this indeed seems to indicate that her sister is already married and my she also expressed serious concern that Pinky, my sponsored child, may be in danger of the same fate.
I have read articles about this issue both here and elsewhere, and I am aware that it is an ancient cultural practice and has proven very difficult to eradicate. I am also aware that marriage under the age of 18 is illegal in Bangladesh. I don't wish to be a pest, but I want to be sure that Compassion, both here and in Bangladesh will do everything within their power to allow Pinky the opportunity to complete her education through her child development center. Her dream is to be a teacher. I will do everything I can to encourage her to follow that dream, but her dream will never be possible if she is married as a child. I shared her letter with my friend, and my friend commented that Pinky's Benglali writing is very good for her age. I don't want to see her talent go to waste.
I would like to know that somebody out there is fighting hard for my girl's rights and I would like to know what, if anything, I can do as a sponsor to respectfully encourage her to resist this practice.