Its been a hectic year for our Teen Mothers project!
As earlier reported, some of our beneficiaries sat for their national exams last month and we are hoping for the best when the results are announced.
Last month was an Empowerment Month for teen mothers. We carried out a community-wide exercise that reached out to village elders, religious leaders, policy-makers and school heads.
The main objective was to sensitize them on the need to equip the teen mother with necessary skills, resources and information that would enable them find their niche in society.
"I had no idea child mothers go through this kind of hell!!" remarked David Omuchuma, a local teacher. "I've only heard about them dropping from school but apparently, their problems are more than just missing on educational opportunities."
His sentiments were unanimous as all the participants shared and provided alternative solutions to this social problem.
GEMINI has now formed a community Task Force that is mandated to collect and collate information on Teen Mothers, document abuse of their rights and generally incorporate a community response in finding a lasting solution.
We have planned for an end of the year party that will showcase some of the success stories, challenges and opportunities for Teen mums.
Thanks for all you continued support. Let's hope for a more promising year in 2008!!
Enjoy your Festive Season
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