School Before Marriage

NPR’s Goats and Soda blog continues its series on child brides with a report by Nurith Aizenman on the Veerni Institute in Jodhpur, India. Founded by Swiss philanthropist Jacqueline de Chollet, the institute provides free boarding and education for 75 girls, many of them child brides. Parents must promise to let the students finish high school before being sent to their husbands.
 
Director Mahendra Sharma had to work to overcome initial skepticism from many fathers, but now the program is flourishing.
 
“This should be scaled up,” says de Chollet. “… We should have Veerni II, and Veerni III.”
NPR Goats and Soda Blog

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