Thanks to the support that we have received so far we have been able to start helping teenage mothers in Sierra Leone return to school. They have been provided with support packages to help them care for their children and they have been given uniforms, rucksacks and bags so that they are able to return to school.
Enclosed is a story from one of the girls that we have helped as a result of the Girls Speak Out Appeal!
With your support these girls and many others will be given the chance to continue with their education. UNICEF research shows that even a single year of secondary education has the potential to increase a girl’s future earnings by up to 25%. By investing in Aminata's education, you are giving her hope for the future - so for this we thank you!
We look forward to continuing to update you as we get closer to our target of helping 15 teenage mothers!
Nov 1, 2016
Update on our project
By Ellen Fitton - Programmes Officer
Providing support for the girls
Street Child has begun identifying the teenage mothers that we believe our support will benefit the most! Our social workers have started forming strong, trusting relationships with the girls by offering psychosocial counselling and moral support to the girls.
This project aims to give teen mothers the chance for a better life for both them and their child.
Street Child aims to help teen mothers back into education by: helping identify extended family members to help with mother and baby's upbringing, providing food packages, a business grant and training to create a sustainable income and a school package to help her re-enter education and we will provide ongoing counselling to teen mothers and their families.
This support will allow the girls to return to school and finish their educational journey whilst also allowing their families to establish a small business. UNICEF research shows that even a single year of secondary education has the potential to increase a girl's future earnings by up to 25%. Investment in girls' education also has a multiplier effect: educated girls benefit from better family planning and have healthier children who are more likely to remain in education themselves.
Whilst the foundations for this project have begun thanks to you, we need others support to offer these girls and their children a chance for a better future.