After having established the Teenage Mothers' Professional Institute with Girl Effect Fund. We are currently training girls and young mothers as entrepreneurs, health care, ICT, administrative and financial experts, health and psychosocial support reach out campaigns to schools and communities. To help them build sustainable health, economic freedom, career path options and protection they need to thrive among challenges. This is a sustainable development approach to achieve Maputo 2030 Agenda.
Adolescent pregnancy and childbearing constitute a public health problem in Cameroon according to the Ministry of public health. 11% of all deliveries at government hospitals are teenagers. Contraceptives are still a taboo in most communities, and the poverty among adolescent girls is still very high. 25% of pregnancies occur in girls of school age, and 20% of pregnant teens do not return to school. 1 out of 3 girls in rural Cameroon are married before they turn 18 with mutilated genitals.
SODEIT provides education, wealth creation opportunities, health care and assistance to teenage mothers and adolescent girls. Young mothers are trained in entrepreneurship, sex, health care, finance, nutrition, livelihood skills, career path exposures, and, psychosocial support. They receive the tools necessary to practice a trade, make a living and become self-reliant champions of their communities. They are also taught to share their new knowledge with their community as change agents
Girls have rights. Girls are capable. Girls can ignite change. We educate and empower 100 young mothers yearly, allowing them to rise out of poverty and illiteracy, which will provide their families' health, wellbeing, hope, smile, and a future. After graduating from our one year program, young mothers are able to give back to their community and help pull other girls and young women out of the cycle of inter-generational poverty and illiteracy. Our goal is to close the gender gap.
Teen Mother Sharing her experience with SODEIT
Teen Mother Empowerment - BBC and SODEIT Report
Mariam telling her story
Like our facebook page