Poverty, Fear, and the Illegal Cruelty of Child Marriage

Almost half of the world’s child brides come from India. And almost half of the girls in India are married before they reach age 18.

The tradition of child marriage has deep and tenacious roots in the rural villages of India.

The world has changed dramatically since child marriage became part of the culture. Yet many of the provincial poor cling to the old ways. Continue reading


The Business of Improving Lives: Social Business in India

If you could give to the poor, and at the same time remediate the causes of their poverty, would you do it? How might you go about this? What would it take to change their daily lives so that they move from poverty to a sustainable livelihood?

Social businesses, a hybrid of charities and commercial businesses, are a growing trend that may hold the key to reshaping developing communities around the world. Social businesses focus on creating opportunity Continue reading

Human Rights in India

India is nominally the world’s largest democracy. Yet many Indian citizens are not granted the most basic human rights by their democratic government. Indians are faced with forced marriage, forced labour (including child labour, with India supplying nearly 25% of the world’s child labourers), horrifying conditions in the criminal justice system, and suppression of free speech. Continue reading

Sanitation and Freedom

As you’re reading this blog post on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, you’re probably not thinking much about the circumstances that gave you the ability to read.

Certain things are so basic to our everyday lives that we never give them much thought. We use them, day in and day out, and only miss them when they are out of commission. Even then, we probably don’t contemplate the long-term impact of their loss. We’re too busy thinking of our short-term annoyance.

These are simple, everyday things—like running water, and indoor plumbing.

Sanitation and Education

Imagine what it might be like growing up as a young girl without access to indoor plumbing.

Your most basic bodily functions must be performed out in the open, under leering eyes. Continue reading

LEAF joins Girls Not Brides

LEAF Society is proud to announce its membership in Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. We are now among the 300 organizations that work with Girls Not Brides to prevent child marriage, and to promote child protection measures all over the world.


Girls Not Brides

 LEAF Society
  • Areas of operationSouth Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and North America
  • Areas of operation– Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu, India
  • Focus– Prevention of Child Marriage and Rehabilitation of children who were victims of child marriage
  • Focus– Water and Sanitation, Promotion of better Livelihood, Right to Information, Child Protection, prevention of Child Marriage
  • Achievements in the area of Child Marriage and Child Protection– Worldwide
  • Achievements in the area of Child Marriage and Child Protection–   Over 290 child marriages intervened, and over 350 children rescued from various types of sexual and physical abuse
  • Work being done in the field of Child Marriage and Child Protection
    a. Empowering girls through vocational training and skills-building.
    b. Helping victims of child marriage for rehabilitation.
    c. Supporting young people to become activists for change.
    d. Raising awareness among communities and changing their mindset through educational workshops, street theatres, and campaigns.
    e. Advocacy for supportive legal and policy frameworks.
  • Work being done in the field of Child Marriage and Child Protection
    a. Training the rural youth and adolescent children through various educational programs.
    b. Helping victims of child marriage for rehabilitation.
    c. Recruiting interns and volunteers and encouraging them to do their bit for child protection, and prevention of child marriage.
    d. Intervention of child marriage through on-ground volunteers and agents of LEAF Society.
    e. Raising awareness among the rural population by using children as the change agents, and by distribution of multimedia toolkits.
    f. Educating the youth about the importance of RTI.


Through this collaboration we aim to speed up the process of stopping child marriage in India as well as throughout the world. With more resources, and more support, we will be launching several campaigns and programs to educate the girls of India and empower them. In addition to that, we are looking forward to create awareness among the people of India regarding the seriousness and urgency of this issue, and we are also going to promote more volunteering activities and activism regarding child protection and child marriage. Last but not the least, it goes without saying that we will be mobilizing more people and volunteers to work on ground and intervene child marriages occurring in India. We hope that this collaboration will benefit both the organizations simultaneously, and help us create a better India, a better world.