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FOCUS RESCUE 10 GIRLS FROM EARLY MARRIAGES

By Chimwemwe Sichinga MANA

Foundation for Community Support Service (Focus), in its strides in attaining the goal of ‘Child not Bride’ Project, says it has managed to rescue 10 girls from marriages in Karonga.

Speaking Wednesday at an annual review meeting, Coordinator for ‘Child not Bride’ Project, Robert Silungwe, said the girls have since been put on education bursaries so that they finish their primary and secondary education.

Silungwe said the project does not only target girls in marriages but also supports girls who are in primary and secondary schools but face some challenges in attaining education.

He also indicated that a total of 144 girls from both primary and secondary schools have benefited so far from the scholarships and bursaries, adding that 10 girls out of the 144 are early marriage survivors.

Acting Director of Planning and Development for Karonga District Council, Khumbo Mkandawire, commended the organisation for the project which she said would go a long way in promoting girls’ education and good health in the district.

The project, which commenced in 2022, is expected to run up to 2025, and government and other stakeholders are supporting the organisation to achieve the project’s objectives.

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