This project will contribute to the development of 240 babies (120 per semester) from adolescent mothers living in extreme poverty in Cartagena, through a holistic care program. The children will advance their physical, emotional and psychomotor development, while receiving adequate nutrition. Their mothers will take ownership of their maternal role and reinforce the affective bond. As a result, the children will grow up healthy, in an environment of affection and wellbeing.
In developing countries, newborns from mothers under 20 years old face a risk of prenatal or early death 50% higher than those born from women aged 20-29; and are especially prone to malnutrition. They are also more likely to have low birthweight and to suffer domestic violence, causing long-term effects such as breathing, neurologic and gastrointestinal problems, and cognitive issues. Young mothers often lack support from their partners and families, hindering the creation of affective bonds.
Juanfe Foundation contributes to the integral development of 240 babies born from teen mothers by providing professional care at the Infant Development Center (IDC). The children receive medical assessments and follow-ups from an assistant nurse and are attended by child care professionals. They are provided with daily snacks and lunches that improve their nutrition, adapted to their age. Finally, their mothers reinforce the affective bond and the maternal role through parenting workshops.
Children attended at the IDC grow up healthy and avoid respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, also earning adequate nutritional conditions. As their mothers learn about humanized parenting, they make certain the children grow up in an environment of well-being and affection, while ensuring the continuity of their good health. In the long run, these children have better chances to achieve good results at school and avoid dropout, being less likely to fall into the hands of criminal networks.