In Cazuca, Colombia, teenage pregnancy statistics have been significantly higher than in other parts of the country. But the athletics team of Fundacion Tiempo de Juego has shown a rate of 0% between their female participants. Research has shown that female athletes are significantly less likely to get pregnant than their non-athlete peers. Help us increase the quality of our offer and the number of girls we can involve in sports, and help them avoid becoming mothers at an early age.
Teenage pregnancy deprives girls from their fundamental human rights. Teenage mothers are less likely to finish school or go to college and more likely to be poor. Their children are at increased risk for low birth weight, impaired cognitive development, abuse, neglect, poor school performance, behavior problems, incarceration, and adolescent childbearing. TdJ's sport programs for girls is empowering them to put their health and future as a priority and understand that opportunities exist!
This project will solve the problem by providing wider access to girls in sports. The program has shown to avoid teenage pregnancy because girls are more focused on their athletic performance and reaching new goals. It has also shown to act as a source of social capital, providing more opportunities of connection between the girl athletes and their communities. The relevance, empowerment and achievements of girls in TdJ's athletic group has been beyond expectations. We wish to engage more girls
Tiempo de Juego's mission is to spawn social cohesion and development in vulnerable neighborhoods by engaging the youth in sports, culture, recreation and education. Its formative tools aim to generate competencies, promote values, and enable the use of free time in a responsible and conscientious manner, generating a positive and replicable impact in the quality of life of the community and its surroundings. Every year, TJ improves the lives of more than 2000 children in Cazuca and Cartagena.
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