The one beautiful Tanzanian young girl named Neema, (not the real name) was impregnated in her 15th birthday while she was still a young school girl. A year letter she was married (A child marriage). In her 17th birthday she was supposed to join her fellow students on their ordinary level secondary education final examination unfortunately she couldn’t because she was already disqualified.
During that time, she realized that, she was not a student any more - steering at her friends when they are going to school in the morning, while she holds the empty pot going to fetch water at river ready for her home chores as she was a mother and a wife already.
More often Neema found herself every evening quietly steering her fellow students in their school uniforms on their way back home happily, while she holds her child. As she steered at them, a lot of thought come into her mind, questions and regrets, sorrow and envy.
“I have not done my final secondary education examination, I’m not a student any more, I miss to wear the school uniform, I’m young and mother, oooh poor me, what I have done, I feel ashamed, what can I do, where can I hide my face, I’m not happy, I have missed to study and play with my fellow students, I have missed my school, I wish I was there with them…”
As the thought went into her mind, after seeing her friends coming from their final examination. Neema found herself full of tears on her face, some have dropped on the face of her young child, she then decided to hide herself as they were approaching the place she was. As a matter of fact, she didn’t want to be seen by them. She felt ashamed and she was not happy; she didn’t want to meet with them. She steered at them secretly till they have disappeared on her eyes while she was crying silently and her eyes filled with tears…!!
Beda Tarimo who is raised at Kilimanjaro but shifted to Dar es salaam City for his studies, went back to the village during his University holiday; he was empathically after being told of what Neema was going through, as she was impregnated at a very early age, about 15 years old. By the time, Mr. Tarimo was passionate about social changes, as he was doing a research about child marriages and adolescent pregnancy and found out how big that problem is. Then he saw the need for an initiative to tackle the challenge. He started then participating in every way making sure the voice is heard, the voice of the young mothers, and the need to stop these inhuman acts.
When he was about to find a job or volunteering opportunity to an organization which solve such kind of problems, he ended up taking the free online courses about civil societies organization provided by Philanthropy University by 2015. From there he become inspired and decided to launch an organization which deals with eradications of adolescent pregnancy and child marriages by cooperating with his fellow youth. They managed to secure pro bono office from Alpha Associates Tanzania Limited as a support. On 2017, he officially succeeded to register Unique Development for Future Organization (UDF). The non-government organization solely deals with advocating the eradication of child marriages and adolescent pregnancy in Tanzania Mainland.
Beda and his team believe that; all human are equal but unique. All young girls are born with unique gift within them as all other human being, but adolescent pregnancy and child marriages will limit the young girls to nurture their unique gift, it will limit them to achieve their greatest dreams and exhibit their true potentials just like any other human being. The need to see the best version of themselves.
A Child marriage violates girl’s rights to health, education and opportunity. It exposes girls to violence throughout their lives, and traps them in the circle of ill-health and poverty. The child marriages and adolescent pregnancy must be eradicated to provide a room for the young girls to nurture their unique gift for the future of the globe, humanity and their families (Unique Development for Future)
Join us to eradicate child marriages and adolescent pregnancy in Tanzania. We must break down the wall of silence, and call upon everyone to take charges and stop these marriages. Together we can; and the young girls will become the greatest version of themselves through helping their community and the world at large for the better future. Yes, we can!