Williot Lumbe’s Seed Grant Project Led to the Formulation of 25 New Community By-Laws Regarding Child Marriage
Williot Lumbe received a $5,000 seed grant from Women Deliver — made possible by Johnson & Johnson — to implement the United Ideas Project, which aimed to reduce the incidence of early marriages, early unwanted pregnancies, and HIV cases, to ensure girls can stay healthy and in school. His project led to the formulation of 25 new community by-laws with the support of a cross-sectoral coalition of traditional leaders, religious leaders, and school representatives. These by-laws included renewed enforcement of the legal age of marriage for girls – at 18 years of age. Because community leaders owned the process of formulating new by-laws, there is a high chance that they will be properly enforced to the benefit of the community.