Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of Child Fund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.

There are girls, young girls with aspiring heart and mind, who get tied up in tender age to relations without even understanding what this relation would mean to them for the rest of their life…..This is CHILD MARRIAGE. CCFC has produced a musical video THE TRAVEL which is talks about a girl who aspires to be the first doctor in her village is pulled off her school by her dad and made to marry someone who can’t even take care of himself, She wonders how will look after her. She is abused every day and night, made to do all the work which doesn’t take her near her dream of becoming a doctor , She feels hopeless, disheartened and demeaned and LOST completely. This is just a part of her travel which has been framed in this short musical video.

An early marriage is synonym to child marriage. Formal marriage or informal union entered into by an individual (boy or girl) below the age of 18 is legally defined as early marriage or child marriage and the individuals and the family members encounter legal implications. The child marriage act has undergone several revisions in India and ultimately the minimum age determined by the act is 18 for women and 21 for men. Though there are laws that prohibits child marriage (Child Marriage restraint act, 1929), (The prohibition of child marriage act, 2006) and many programs, the practice of child marriage is still prevalent in many parts of the India. It remains rooted for centuries and the cause is a web combination of traditional, cultural, social, religious and economic factors. It is one of the most common gross violations of human rights. It severely affects the adolescent girl children and makes a long lasting negative impact on their entire life. It inflicts physical, psychological and emotional violence on them. It affects the child’s right to education. It reinforces a cycle of poverty and perpetuates gender discrimination, illiteracy and malnutrition as well as high infant and maternal mortality rates.

The existing child protection mechanisms are found to be inadequate and Ministry of Women & Child Development of Government of India has listed the following limitations in the existing child protection mechanisms: All the programs and schemes related to child protection have an abysmally low budget allocation, a reflection of the low priority this sector has received in government‘s own planning and implementation. Lack of prevention Policies, programmes and structures to prevent children from falling into difficult circumstances are mostly lacking. Poor implementation of existing laws and legislations, lack coordination and convergence of programmes/services is another important reason. No mapping has been done of the children in need of protection or of the services available for them at the district/city/state levels; Services are negligible relative to the needs addressing issue like child marriage; and, inadequate human resources to key child protection services, lack of training & capacity building leading to inefficient and nonresponsive services.

According to Census 2011, Andhra Pradesh in India ranks 6th in the country in early forced marriage and all the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh are ranked within top 200 districts of India out of 640 districts in terms of incidences of early forced marraige (Census 2011). In many cases, parents perform marriages on the premises of some temples. But temple officials do not insist on the age proof and other particulars of the bride and do not tip off the child welfare officials. It is clear that customs, traditional beliefs & practices and the influential people such as religious leaders, community & traditional leaders and local elected representatives play a critical role in high incidences of early forced marriage in the project area. The children especially girls do not have any voice over the decision on their marriage. Parents follow the advice of astrologers/religious/community leaders rather than child protection functionaries. They do not understand the harmful effects that will have on their daughters. The child line in both the districts cover only urban areas and rural areas and especially interior areas are not under its coverage.


CCFC is committed to addressing Child Early and Forced Marriages (CEFM) in its working communities. We engage with Children as active participants in addressing this issue and also work with parents, opinion leaders / religious leaders, marriage performers and with the government stakeholders in torch bearers of children’s rights.  We do this by creating a child friendly accountability system. This video has been primarily promoted to create awareness among children and all other stakeholders on CEFM; particularly showing how a life of a child is affected when she is married early.  The video will be played across all project sites in the children’s clubs, parents committees, Village Development Committees and at the government stakeholders meetings. The idea will be to initiate discussions around how to address CEFM and make it a child-led one.

Travel – Stop Child Marriage