With teenage pregnancy growing at an astounding rate in Argentina, the goal of the project is to provide medical, material and emotional support for girls and young women faced with young pregnancy in Buenos Aires. We hope to raise money to spread the outreach of our support program based in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Teenage pregnanacy has spiked in Argentina, where of the 700 thousand births per year, 16 percent are of mothers between 15 and 19, and over 3000 of the births are of mothers between 10 and 13 years of age. The pregnancies incite many girls to discontinue education, and isolate them from their families, creating a hostile environment for the child and mother to live in. Our project aims to reach as many young girls as possible to provide education, material, medical and emotional support.
Manos Abiertas already accompanies these girls through the group grupo pesebre, that meets weekly in one of our homes in Villa de Mayo, the Social Center Beato Hurtado. There, volunteers along with a team of interdisciplinary workers, help provide whatever they may need, providing health and prevention workshops. This project will allow the organization to provide more in-depth support to young mothers who are unable to recieve help and support elsewhere.
The potential long-term impact of our project is to provide a stable education and support system for young girls and women in the community of Villa de Mayo, and provide the tools to take precautions and make reasonable decisions when it comes to having a child. We hope to diminish the teenage unwanted pregnancy rate in the community, the support and information new mothers need, as well as child care and the opening a day care center in 2017.