Child labor is the exploitation of children through any form of work that deprives them of their childhood privileges, interferes with their ability to attend school regularly and is mentally, physically socially and morally harmful. As a champion for the girl child and an Award-winning 2019 community heroines in community service within the Coast region of Kenya, my dream and goal in life is to see every child feel loved and taken care of as a child ,throughout my presentation the violated Human rights like child abuse, Domestic violence, misogyny, sexism, discrimination on gender, cultural differences and teaching/ learning methodology used to interrupt teenage pregnancies and how much resistance from the secular, cultural, religious and administrative bodies this type of approach has been criticized with no tangible solutions being offered.. A passion that i personally fight for everywhere i go to see it successful. I tend to come across diverse cases of child labor among them a case i recently bumped into. This one afternoon after several days of seeing this young girl moving door to door selling vegetables with her mum and 6 siblings, i stood at my gate and asked to purchase some vegetables with the intention of inquiring more about them. To my surprise, they opened up to me on how the girl and her 6 siblings survived with their mum only their brother is going to school, due to financial constraint and society considering educating the girl child as a waste of time. Their father who was the sole breadwinner passed on leaving them with no one to depend on. This led to all her elder sisters dropping out to assist their mum in looking for their daily bread. Saumu was then 6 years old and had never stepped in school. She desired to learn but they were not in position to help her realize her dream os schooling. It didn't take me long when i visited them at their home which aint far from mine. Here, i met the extended family. I wasn't decided on who to take back to school because, in as much as i wanted them all in school, it was next to impossible. I am glad to have met one of their uncle whom we shared ideas and he proposed i take Saumu since the rest had been out of school for so long and it might be hard for them to catch up leading to disappointments. Having made up my mind, i visited a nearby school and asked for her admission being the guardian. I raised a campaign on social media and Saumu got well_wishers. As i pen down this, I am glad to state that this is her 3rd year and she is doing very well. I am glad i came in to help her achieve her dream,with education anyone is able to stand and fight for their rights. In my own way, i helped her too from the dangers of defilement, teen pregnancy and eventually child marriage. Indeed no human is limited. All children deserve the best despite their background situation.
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