The phenomenon of child mothers is a reality that afflicts many women in Malawi. In the majority of the districts in the south of the country, adolescent girls are sent to initiation camps where they are encouraged to have sexual relations to test their maturity. This is a macabre rite known as kutsatsa fumbi. Indeed, in this country, adolescent pregnancies and early marriages are encouraged by ancestral beliefs and practices. Thanks to the joint initiative of the State, local leaders, the Churches, the UN and other NGOs, such as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), in 2014 about 600,000 adolescent girls went back to school. Furthermore, with the ADRA Malawi project When the mother is a child, 300 adolescent mothers are receiving assistance.
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