Every year 14 million girls are married off before their 18th birthday, depriving them of their childhood, their rights to education, to health and to a life of their choosing. The longer a girl stays in school, however, the less likely she is to be married off before 18 and to have children during her teenage years.

Strongher Schools Project is a capital campaign asking for funding to open and run schools in sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to end child marriage.

Photography: Julia Cohen