TEENMOM’S VOICE: INSTILLING HOPE

Teenmom’s voice is an all-inclusive, non- partisan, Non-Profit organization, working to innovatively aid pregnant and teenage mothers through instilling hope and confidence while empowering and inspiring the them with practical skills and working to prevent the overwhelming and increasing number of teenage pregnancies among others.

 Teenmom’s Voice was birthed by the high rate of teenage pregnancies, high teenage mother mortality rate, increasing number of school drop-outs, the increasing spread of HIV/AIDS among teenagers, a high number of children mothering fellow children at a tender age and domestic violence and forced early marriages.

Many teenage expectant mothers come from impoverished households leading them to trade sex in exchange for food, money, sanitary towels among other items. Younger teens' pregnancies, in particular, are considered high risk because their bodies have not fully matured. Teenage girls are more likely to have birth complication, dying in unsafe abortions and many dying while trying to give life. Most teens enter parenthood unprepared for the stress a new baby brings, and many experience frustration, resentment, and even anger toward their newborns. Many of these girls are abandoned by the fathers of the children and they are faced with a responsibility of raising children while they are still children themselves.

Teenmom’s Voice exists to instill hope in these girls-to help them know that there is a life after giving birth.  Teenmom’s Voice’s activities address the following categories;

  •  PREVENTIVE PROGRAMS, these are programs geared to reduce the number of girls getting pregnant and the number of young people involved in early sexual activity. These activities include school outreaches, community outreaches to sensitize the girls, community leaders and general population on the dangers of early involvement in sex. These programs also address the need to keep girls in school since they too contribute to the economic development if allowed to access and complete their education.
  • SUPPORTING THE TEENAGE EXPECTANT MOTHER; many teenage expectant mothers suffer during pregnancy.  When the time for delivery approaches, many do not have the necessary birth materials like cotton, gloves, mama kits, baby clothes among others. Teenmom’s Voice ensures that the mother is attending her antenatal care at a local medical facility, providing her with the necessary birth materials, food, baby clothes among others. We also offer Prenatal and post natal classes to prepare the teenage mother for the practical side of parenthood. These classes address issues like child feeding, child safety, hygiene and other basic baby care techniques.
  • SUPPORT FOR THE TEENAGE MOTHER WHO HAS ALREADY GIVEN BIRTH by skilling her with the necessary skills to enable her be financially independent. We also plan to enroll those who have dropped out of school back into formal education depending on their abilities.
  •  RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMS: Teenmom’s Voice helps rehabilitate, reconcile and resettle teenage mothers who have been sent away from home because they are pregnant. Many parents become angry, harsh and aggressive towards their daughters when they conceive and usually chase them away from home. Teenmom’s Voice resettles these girls and reunites them with their families and conducts follow up meetings to ensure that there is harmony and ensure that the teenage mother is receiving the moral support she needs in her early\ journey motherhood.
  •  LEGAL AID: Teenmom’s Voice works hand in hand with law enforcers to ensure that the perpetuators who rob these girls of a normal childhood are punished. These are usually adult men who rape, impregnate and abandon the teenage girls and leave them to face the difficulties alone. We fight for the rights of the teenage mother.
  •  SUPPORT FOR THE CHILD BORN TO THE TEENAGE MOTHER: this we do to lighten the burden on the teenage mother who is also trying to figure out her journey in life until she is financially stable to carry on the responsibility on her own.
  • TEENAGE BOYS MENTORSHIP:
    These programs address two categories of teenage boys: -  
    -          The teenage father who steps up into his responsibility as a father and does not leave the nurturing process to the teenage mother alone, attends antenatal with the expectant teenage mother and supports her where he might be able to. These boys are mentored by responsible men in their community   

-          The boys who are not yet fathers. To sensitize them on the consequences of early involvement in sex, for example, early parenthood, HIV/AIDS, STIs among others.  

Our preliminary plans to mitigate teen pregnancies include a series of public programs such as community/school outreaches, development of free informational and educational materials to teenagers, equipping girls with skills and mentorship programs, protecting the girl child rights among so many others.

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