Thank you so much to all of you who pledged your support and donated to this project. We appreciate your help so much!
Unfortunately, we have not raised anywhere near the amount we needed to fully get this project off the ground. We are now making our plans for 2017 and are hopeful that we will still be able to help the girls within this community even without the funds for a concerted and directed project.
Though we didn't raise all that was needed, your donations did go towards helping empower women and young people. We had two events within this Badjao community and while those aren't enough, they are definitely a solid start. We educated parents on the importance of keeping girls in school and delaying childbearing and marriage. We also met with many teen parents and offered them free clinical services so they can space the births of any future children.
Thank you so much again for your support and encouragement of us. We couldn't have done what we did without you!
Thank you so much for your continued interest and support in our project Stop the Sale of Badjao Girls. We have not yet reached our funding goal so this project has not been implemented but we have been using this time to strengthen our programming and find other ways to reach vulnerable girls to empower them about their bodies and their health.
In July, we held an education session with a group of young people within a Badjao community in a seaside slum called Bagong Silang. We held the workshop with around 30 young people, the majority of them teenage girls who already have at least one baby. We taught the young people about reproductive health and how contraception works. We then gave the girls, some of whom were there with their partners, the opportunity to get free contraceptives from us if they wished to plan the spacing of their future children.
Many of the girls in our session had been forced to stop formal schooling when they became pregnant. Several girls expressed their joy at being in a learning environment again, and some girls said they wish they had learned what we taught them before they had their first baby.
We hope to continue implementing more small group sessions like this one until this project can be fully funded. Thank you once again for your support!
Thank you for believing in us and for supporting our work.
Because of your donations, we have been able to begin preparing our materials and plans for delivering programming to Stop the Sale of Badjao Girls.
Unfortunately we have not yet reached our goal in order to carry out this project, but we are off to a great start. We are taking this opportunity to review and revise our lesson plans, strengthen our ties with the Local Government Unites and with the local Department of Social Welfare and Development, which handles abuse cases against children.
We hope to raise the funds needed to carry out this project in the coming weeks and will be ready to roll out our programs and services once we do.
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