Programs

Empowerment & Community

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Teen Mom Project

Our Teenage Mother Support Program (Teen Mom Project – TMP) is a flagship project. It is a prolife program. It seeks to support teenage mothers through a ‘Triple R’ approach; that is ‘Rescue, Rehabilitate, Restore’. First, the program ‘rescues’ underage girls who have been sexually abused. Second, it ‘Rehabilitates’ them through various activities including prayer and counselling, antenatal care, health talks, and other health activities. Third, it ‘Restores’ them by equipping them with skills that will equip them to be resilient and to survive a harsh and hostile world. Such skills include entrepreneurship (e.g. tailoring, shoe making, and hairdressing, among others. Many of them stay at our Foundation House. After birth of their children, and after neonatal care, the less vulnerable young mothers are reintegrated into their communities.  In the period since January 2019, we have worked with over 85 teenage mothers. This program has addressed the challenge of abortion in our society. In addition to other teenage mothers, the Foundation gave start-up capital to Jacinta, 16, Brenda, 14, and Evelyn, 17, Pamela 16, Grace, 16, and Zaina, 15 (not real names). Supporting women’s health will ensure that that a teenage girl who becomes pregnant will be supported to deliver a healthy baby, thereby reducing maternal and neonatal mortality.

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Empowering Women Economically (EWE) Project

Our Empowering Women Economically (EWE) Project is also a flagship program. It is a women economic empowerment project. Through this project, our foundation has worked to raise and advance funds to over 640 women as start-up capital to boost their small businesses. We have built their capacity in financial literacy in order to make their businesses profitable. As a result, many women in the program can pay their children’s school fees and afford descent housing as well as two meals a day for their families.

Supporting women’s businesses will directly lift women out of poverty through advancing affordable loans and start-up capital for women’s businesses. It will foster entrepreneurship, promote employment and job creation. It will also build assets and may make women less prone to GBV. It will help bridge the gender gap. The overwhelming levels of poverty, unemployment, teenage pregnancy, violence, injustice, and inequality against women and girls, as well as a lack of resources to adequately address the unmet need, remain a huge challenge. Resources include monetary and non-monetary ones like facilities for training and skilling, etc.

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Girls’ Education Project (GEP)

Our Girls’ Education Project (GEP) addresses barriers to girls’ education in Africa. In this part of the world it is normal for a girl to drop out of school because she cannot afford United States Dollars (USD) 24 worth of sanitary pads to take them through a school year. Rescue Women Foundation has found innovative ways around this; ‘reusable’ sanitary pads worth USD 3, are enough to take girls through a school year. As such, we piloted a training for 60 girls attending a rural school on making ‘reusable’ sanitary pads. At the beginning of every school term our we will partner with schools to skill girls in making low cost sustainable sanitary pads.

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U R Precious Project

Our U R Precious Project seeks to uphold the intrinsic dignity of women and girls. We have worked to take two young women off sex work. One of them dropped out of school at age 14. We have since taken her back to school and enrolled her into an ‘education-for-adults’ program. We have gone on to skill her and find her a decent job and housing away from the slums; this, effectively taking her off sex work. We have also skilled and found a job for her younger adult sister who dropped out of school at age 12. We plan on enrolling her into an ‘education-for-adults’ program.

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Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Project

We have also started running an Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Project. Under this program, we ‘Rescue’ underage girls who have been sexually abused. Second, we ‘Rehabilitate’ them through various activities, including prayer and counseling, prenatal care, health talks, and other health activities. Third, we ‘Restore’ them by equipping them with skills that will equip them to be resilient and to survive a harsh and hostile world. Such skills include entrepreneurship (e.g. tailoring, shoe making, and hairdressing, among others). Many of them stay at our Foundation House. After birth of their children, and after neonatal care, the less vulnerable young mothers are reintegrated into their communities. In the period since January 2019 we have worked with over 85 teenage/adolescent mothers. In this part of the world, it is normal for a girl to drop out of school because she cannot afford $24 United States Dollars (USD) worth of sanitary pads to take them through a school year. Rescue Women Foundation has found innovative ways around this; ‘reusable’ sanitary pads worth $3 USD are enough to take girls through a school year. As such, we piloted training for 60 girls attending a rural school on making ‘reusable’ sanitary pads. At the beginning of every school term, we will partner with schools to train girls in making low cost sustainable sanitary pads.

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