Feb 17, 2021

October - December 2020

The health emergency generated by the COVID-19 outbreak led the Juanfe Foundation to close the doors of the Child Development Center (IDC) and rethink strategies to continue delivering comprehensive development to early childhood.

During mandatory isolation, we focused on improving the educational process of young mothers and their children through the implementation of a positive parenting module.

This module has been implemented through virtual encounters, generating support and tools so that they attend to their role as mothers in an appropriate way that promotes the well-being of the present and future of their children.

In the last quarter of 2020, Fundación Juanfe set out to strengthen psychosocial support and empower 362 young mothers through guidance on issues related to:

• Integral development
• Strengthening the affective bond between the mother and her baby.
• Guidelines for positive parenting
• Children's rights
• Talk about the maternal role.
• The regulatory framework for early childhood.

The Foundation continues to work remotely and will evaluate the possibility of implementing a mixed strategy for this first half of 2021.

Oct 20, 2020

July - September 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue delivering integral development and early childhood activities through virtual means. We have designed a positive upbringing module that is followed by 220 teenage mothers and aims at:

  • Strengthening the affective bond between the mothers and their babies
  • Promoting positive upbringing guidelines adapted to the confinement
  • Providing psychosocial care to the teenagers and their families.

During this quarter, the module addressed the following topics:

  • 5 keys to develop resilience in children during the pandemic
  • Preventive actions to avoid accidents with children during the confinement
  • Breastfeeding and complementary feeding
  • Children and adolescents as subjects of rights
  • Child abuse
  • Social development: strengthening the affective bond

Through these activities and contents, the Foundation provides teenage mothers with the necessary tools to create protective environments for their children within their homes, in which they can guarantee the advancement of their integral development. 

The Foundation will continue working remotely during the last quarter of 2020 and will assess the possibility of implementing a blended strategy for the first semester of 2021.

Oct 20, 2020

July - September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects in Colombia. For instance, the mandatory confinement measures lasted for over 7 months, which has meant that the economy and the private sector have had a slow recovery. Hence, the economic inclusion of our teenage mothers has also been slow. 

Between July and September, the Employment and Entrepreneurhsip Office (EEO) identified 194 job vacancies that suit Juanfe's beneficiaries vocational profiles. In addition, 47 young mothers entered the formal labor market, of which 18 signed long-term contracts.

There were 24 virtual workshops focused on soft skills, entrepreneurship, biosafety for different vocational profiles, mental health, among other topics. In addition, there were 2 virtual courses, one on decoration and corporate gifts, and the other one on executive secretariat. 

As these young mothers enter the formal labor market, they:

  • Contribute to the social security system
  • Access quality health and other wellbeing services
  • Ensure the generation of stable income
  • Maintain their jobs and are recognized for their work and their human quality
  • Acquire economic autonomy
  • Reinvest in ther families and contribute to the generation of local GDP.

Due to the food insecurity caused by the pandemic, the Foundation implemented a strategy to deliver food aid for the beneficiaries and their families. Between July and September, Juanfe delivered approximately 300 grocery cards to the alumni. 

These women also have had permanent access to psychosocial care and sexual and reproductive health orientation.

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