THE DREAM TEAM
Sierra Leone has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the world made worse by the 66% rise in teenage pregnancy during the Ebola crisis. The need for a program that would deliver babies of such young mothers safely whilst providing health education, pre and post-natal care and a pathway back to school or a job was evident.
Our Dream Team project has to date supported 600 of these girls and their babies. We are expecting another surge in teenage pregnancies due to the COVID-19 crisis. The continuation of our services for this highly vulnerable group are critical. Many of these girls face social and economic problems and the Aberdeen Women’s Centre provides support to re-integrate them to their communities post birth.
On top of access to first-rate health care, these young women participate in a range of activities focused on social awareness, literacy and numeracy and health education, all taught by our on-site teaching staff.
Main goal: to transform their lives through education and empowerment at the most vulnerable moments in their lives, both economically and emotionally, through rebuilding their self-esteem and confidence.
A number also engage in a range of skills training including handicrafts, needlework, soap making, doormat design and production and cloth weaving.
We take a holistic approach to the wellbeing of our Dream Team transforming their health through access to safe birthing, whilst enabling continued education. We empower these young women economically and emotionally, rebuilding their self-esteem and confidence at a time of great vulnerability.
The achievements we have made to improve the lives of our teenage mothers in 2018 is a direct result of the commitment of our dedicated donors, for which we are sincerely grateful.
Making dreams a reality
The Dream Team girls participate in a range of activities led by our on-site tutors. The skills taught are targeted to give the girls the best chance of income generation and include:
- Literacy and numeracy classes focused on counting and writing of numbers, simple maths; alphabet, word building, matching of words, spelling, reading and writing; identification of colours and shapes
- Income generating skills – soap making, tailoring, arts and crafts
- Health education
- Counselling service is a platform that provides the best possible psychosocial care for teenage girls that are apprehensive about misunderstandings with their communities. In Centre counselling services offer support to participants to manage:
- Anger Management
- Mood Disorders
- Family dynamics
How a simple donation makes a big impact
Dream girls stories
Unlike most other stories of the inspirational women involved with the Aberdeen Women’s Centre, Susan wasn’t introduced to the AWC with the intention to become a nurse or staff member. Instead, she was booked in by the Centre’s antenatal team during their community outreach service, heavily pregnant with her baby. At this time, Susan was […]
It was never going to be easy. Amy was just a year old when her late father abandoned her. She grew up in poverty with her single mother in the Western Area, one of Sierra Leone’s five provinces. It is easy to romanticise that great success and resilience will so often arise from equally great […]
On 9th January 2020, Blessing a 16-year-old girl delivered a beautiful baby girl. However, her story is one of sadness and shows the engrained misinformation around sexual and gender-based violence and the age of consent in Sierra Leone. Blessing from the slum area of Dwarzak in Freetown was happily attending school and studying hard, living […]