Imagine if a teen mom would not face enormous obstacles to complete school after baby delivery? This project will support 13- 19 years old, 100 teenage mothers in Dzaleka Camp to complete tertiary education, providing learning materials, a baby upkeep Centre, skills training and advocacy campaign to reduce the rate of school dropout due to early pregnancy and forced marriage. With effective support, refugee teen moms will rise against their past to achieve their dreams.
"I was forced to engage in early sexual relationship to raise money to feed my siblings. My father was killed in DRC. After 2 months, I never saw my period and that is how I got my baby. I wish I can get a safe baby Centre to take my baby for me to continue with education, learn a skill to help me earn income". 65% of refugee girls in Dzaleka shed tears narrating their stories about school dropout and they can't imagine that is how their dream was shuttered.
Through the safe baby Centre, teen moms will bring their babies daily to allow the girls to go to school, the education support program will provide school learning requirements including books, pens, shoes, school uniforms, reading solar lamp and termly psycho social support, and offer private tuition for the girls to improve their performance and skills training will give them an avenue to learn to produce handcrafts products for sale to help earn income to sustain their families.
The project will support 100 refugee teen moms in Dzaleka Camp to complete education allowing them to rise out of poverty, gaining financial independence, employ others, pay for siblings' education & improve living conditions for their families. Our young mothers are financially stable and supporting their kids without male dependency which always contributes to another baby. In addition it will reduce the rate of school dropout due to early pregnancy by 90 % at a period of one year.