Kevin Sproles in Africa, Part 3

When Kevin Sproles, Volusion CEO, returned from Africa, we had planned on running a summary blog post from his trip; but after he landed, we realized he had far too many stories to cram into one post.

Below is the third of our four-part series of guest blogs from Kevin ( with reporting and photography by Kari Costanza and Jon Warren from World Vision) to wrap up our in depth look at The Volusion Foundation and our partnership with World Vision. The first post in the series can be found here. This guest blog tackles the delicate issue of human rights and shares one story of how World Vision offered their support to save a young girl.

Tsehey
Tsehey and her grandmother

Human Rights
In December 2007, 13-year-old sponsored child Tsehey (pronounced t-sigh) was walking to school when she was attacked by a young man. She struggled with him, but he overpowered her.

By Ethiopian law, a woman must be 18 to marry, but many men can’t afford the dowry. World Vision Radio reports that many girls, sometimes as young as 10 to 13, are abducted by kidnappers who want a wife but who can’t afford the courting process. These girls are considered tainted when this assault happens and their parents often have no other choice but to consent to a marriage of their daughter and her attacker since the legal system is often unwilling to get involved.

When her granddaughter was abducted, Tsehey’s grandmother, Mulu, turned to World Vision for help.  Seven others turned to World Vision as well, but with an entirely different message: “Stay out of it.” Esatu Elilo, Boset’s ADP manager, tells the story. “I was shocked when they came to my office. I was shivering.” But he stood his ground. World Vision would not be quiet.

The young man who abducted Tsehey forced her to sign a marriage agreement and took her to his mother’s house. Tsehey’s grandmother walked 15 miles to Adama to beg for justice from the police and courts. Because of her pressure, members of the boy’s family who were aware of the situation and allowed it to happen were jailed and Tsehey was released.

Now back in school, Tsehey is a top student. “I want to be an advocate for women’s rights,” she says.

World Vision’s actions prove that there are still organizations dedicated to doing what’s right and continuing to fight against human rights violations.

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