My family showed me the most wonderful Mother’s Day I’ve ever had last month, and I want to make this weekend so special for my husband. Maybe we’ll go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe we’ll relax and garden. Maybe we’ll go to Six Flags. Maybe we’ll go to the local Mutton & Mead Festival, because clearly, my family does well with those sorts of things:
I know it will be wonderful to be together, and I know that we will be celebrating the beauty of fatherhood. With Father’s Day on the brain, I can’t help but think about the stories I’ve read recently about child grooms in Nepal. My husband is a happy father, and he was more than ready to become one. He’s also a hero in the eyes of his children – for his consistent love, devotion, humor and sense of adventure. The #childgrooms of Nepal are heroes too. They are forced into marriage at shockingly young ages, and yet they are working to save the next generation from their terrible plight. To end the suffering.
He was so young when he was married, that he barely remembers it. Yadev is still resentful and angry that his marriage forced him to abandon his schooling. Today, he works with CARE to fight and end child marriage in Nepal. CARE also interviewed a man named Parashuram who was forced to get married at the tender age of nine! He was so young and nervous that he wet himself at his own wedding because he didn’t know how to untie the ceremonial garment in order to use the bathroom. At just 12-years-old, he was under pressure to produce a child, even though he hadn’t hit puberty yet. He said, “I couldn’t do what was expected of me as a married man.” No one should be expected to become a father at age 12.
CARE is a global humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering girls and women. CARE is committed to its mission to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world, and seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice. CARE seeks a world where poverty has been overcome, and people live in dignity and security.
• Strengthening capacity for self-help
• Providing economic opportunity
• Delivering relief in emergencies
• Influencing policy decisions at all levels
• Addressing discrimination in all its forms
One of the reasons CARE was able to reach thousands of people with life-saving relief so soon after the devastating April 25th earthquake, is because they have been working closely with the people of Nepal since 1978. One of their fears is that the earthquake will further isolate rural communities, and in turn, intensify the economic pressure that is fueling child marriage.
How can you help? Spread information. Visit the Child Grooms of Nepal page HERE, where you can view the report and voice your support by signing a pre-drafted letter to your members of congress. Share this post. Share posts just like it that you may see on blogs and social media. Urge your loved ones to visit this page and voice their support. We can stand alongside the men in Nepal who are fighting to stop child marriage, and we can join CARE’s efforts in raising awareness to the cause.