So you can clearly see how the project is helping to transform the lives of our teen beneficiaries we'd like to share some of their words and a recent story with you.....
“I have understood how to be a better mother, to take better care of my children, giving affection at the right moments and disciplining when necessary. Today I know that despite everything I’ve been through, I can overcome the difficulties and care for my children in a way that I was never cared for”. K.
“We had group therapy, it was marvelous! Today, I can speak about my life, things that I had and have the wish to say to my parents and siblings”. L.
“I think I’m going to be able to say something…………The project has helped me a lot. I want to be someone in life so that later my son has someone to look up to, today I know that I can be that person!”. M.
We are also pleased to let you know about M, a teen beneficiary of the project since 2011 and mother of a 1 year old. Due to her relationship with her boyfriend, M was involved with drug trafficking in the region where she lived in São Paulo. M’s relationship with her mother was already very troubled because of this situation and the deep concern of the project staff was that she would be arrested or thrown out of her mother’s home with her son. Despite all efforts of the project staff to talk with her and accompany her situation, it appeared that her case was ever more complicated. Then, when the project staff least expected it, M decided to leave her boyfriend and return to school. In the same week her ex – boyfriend was arrested and M told the project staff that if she had still been with him, she would certainly have been arrested too and by then, far from her son. When the staff asked her what had made her decide to change, she said that after all she has learned at the project, she couldn’t continue her life in that way, she had to be a good example to her child.
We'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to you for your generous support of our work.
From the project team,
We’d like to say a very big thank you for your support of our project!
The last few months have been busy as usual and we’re delighted to let you know that five healthy babies have been born during this time - Júlia, Samuel, Cristofer, Caiane and Ítalo. Their young mums are taking very good care of them and are regularly attending our non-formal educational workshops and group therapy sessions. These are helping the mums understand how they can best care for their newborns and how, with determination and focus, they can make positive changes in their lives.
As a result of their participation in the project, the teen mums have said they feel much higher self-esteem and better understand their abilities, potential and limits. We, the project team, aim to help the mums keep moving forward in the face of the challenges that confront them and also to continuously encourage them to head in the direction of their dreams.
For sure, the young mums and their children will have a brighter future and we are all sincerely grateful to you for your help in making this possible.
Wishing you a Wonderful 2012!
Many thanks, muito obrigado,
From the project team.
Thank you so much for your generosity in donating to our project. Here, we’d like to let you know the story of a project beneficiary so you can see how important your support of our work is.
Maria is 19 years old and began to frequent the project when she was 3 months pregnant. She, like the majority of the attendees, has a life story of loss, drug use and family conflict. When she began to attend the project, her life circumstances were highly vulnerable. To earn a minimal amount, she distributed leaflets on the street advertising a nightclub and, as she had continuously fought with her mother, had left home and was without a place to live. She confided to the project team that many times, in order to get food, she had been forced to prostitute herself.
In April of this year, the project team acted quickly to help her get her own ID (she had never had a Birth Certificate issued), so that she could then enroll in a program of pre-natal care at a public health clinic. The first pre-natal exams showed that she had an STD, so she immediately began treatment and, feeling very low, began to have contact with her mother again, who asked her to return home. This moment was decisive as Maria began to change her own behavior towards her mother and to help in the home, especially with her younger brothers and sisters.
During group therapy at the project, Maria explained that she was very happy to be living with her mother again and she had realized just how important a mother is in our lives. She also confided that she no longer used drugs and that this phase of her life had been overcome. She also came to the realization during therapy that she was repeating the story of her mother, saying, “…my mother raised us alone and now I see myself, the same as her, I’ll raise my child alone too”. Maria had a baby boy at the beginning of October, she continues to live with her mother and is much calmer and more mature, with a greater sense of responsibility. She says her dream is to meet her own father, to return to studying and to work.
The project team has helped Maria through this process of change, supporting and orienting her every step of the way. In fact, the project attendees each have a story similar to Maria’s and all have the possibility for very positive and transformative change.
On behalf of all the project beneficiaries, we’d like to thank you for your interest in and support of our work and to wish you a very happy end of the year!
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