Over the past few weeks, we have been executing some reproductive health projects that target high-risk adolescent girls, mostly in urban slums and other marginalized suburban areas.
One of the things we realized was that a lot of girls had dropped from school due to pregnancy but their parents had not reported either to the school authority or to other social agencies working for girls' empowerment.
"This is mainly due to the stigma associated with teen pregnancy and the social repercussions that such news would impact on the family," says Mary Kageh, one of GEMINI's Board member. "Reaching out to parents, teachers and the community still remains a key strategy in filling this gap."
GEMINI has been integrating reproductive health into health and community development issues, encouraging an open discussion of sexuality between parents and their adolescents.
With your support, we have been able to identify at-risk adolescents, incorporate them into the wider program of empowerment and seek to strengthen their decision-making skills. Over the past three months, we provided reproductive health information/services to 650 adolescents and individual counseling to 230 girls aged between 12-17 years.
For the next quarter, we hope to implement a high-powered outreach campaign that will encourage discussions and increase the number of young, vulnerable youth that we will target.
We appreciate all the feedback, comments and questions from you. Watch out for a GEMINI website coming soon.
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