Help Teen Mothers Return to School in Sierra Leone

by Street Child
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Help Teen Mothers Return to School in Sierra Leone
Help Teen Mothers Return to School in Sierra Leone
Help Teen Mothers Return to School in Sierra Leone

Summary

We facilitated the returning of teen mothers to school and in gaining a sustainable source of income through savings and loans schemes and business training.

$1,018
total raised
16
donors
0
monthly donors
4
years

Challenge

According to UNICEF (2017), 38% of girls under 18 in Sierra Leone have given birth. In Street Child's research, 74% of girls we spoke to ranked pregnancy as one of the top five barriers to education. After Ebola, the situation has worsened as teenage mothers are subject to higher levels of poverty.

Solution

Street Child helped teen mothers back into education by identifying extended family members to help with the baby's upbringing, providing food packages, providing business grants and training so mothers can create a sustainable income and providing a school package to help mothers re-enter education. Ongoing counselling to help overcome stigma was provided.

Long-Term Impact

The girls returned to school and finished their educational journeys whilst also establishing a small business. This will have long-term benefits: UNICEF's (2017) 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 are more likely to benefit from better family planning and have healthier children who also remain in education.

Resources

http:/​/​www.street-child.co.uk
Explanation of the family business scheme
Girls speak out on teen pregnancy

Organization Information

Street Child

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @streetchilduk
Project Leader:
Rebecca Gordon
London, United Kingdom

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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