Launched in 2016, to support and rehabilitate teenage mothers who are abandoned and faced with social problems and need personal development in life, giving them skills so they can have a better opportunity in generating income in the future.
Many of these girls are socially isolated, struggle with being rejected by their families and peers as a result of their pregnancy. Often pregnancy is a consequence of sexual violence and abuse. They are helpless with little or no financial support from their primary caregivers.
About 200 girls participate in a range of activities focused on social awareness, literacy and numeracy and health education, all taught by our on-site teaching staff. Additionally, they engage in a range of skills training including handicrafts, needlework and sewing, soap making, doormat designing and production, and clothes weaving.
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.
The achievements we 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
A total of 200 teenage girls have passed through the Dream Girls Programme where the 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 going forward.
Literacy and numeracy classes focused on counting and writing of numbers, addition, multiplication and subtraction; alphabet, identification of letters, 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 a misunderstanding with their loved ones at home. At the centre is offered counselling services to assist and support patients and teenage girls in handling these circumstances.
- Anger Management
- Mood Disorders
- Family dynamics
Health education sessions are held twice in a week for both pregnant and lactating teenagers. With the expertise of the midwives of the centre and family planning nurses, the girls are given accurate, culturally-sensitive information on gestation, baby-care, breastfeeding, hygiene and family planning.
- Because they are in an open and safe environment, the girls thrive, asking many questions about their bodies and emotions as they progress through their pregnancies.
- We also offer information on vaccinations and infant care.
Arts and crafts, a total of 200 teenage girls have attended the arts and crafts. This is an income-generating skills empowerment for both pregnant and lactating teenage girls/mothers. Art is also used as a platform for providing counselling for teenage girls struggling with life issues.
Training hostel to provide a safe home for pregnant teenagers and new mothers to be able to give birth safely and have proper postnatal care. Due it is often the case that they have no choice but to sleep on nearby beaches or on the street which is very dangerous for their safety and health due to the lack of free accommodation.
Dream girl's stories
We heard of Zainab before our trip to Sierra Leone in September 2016. She was 15 years old and 37 weeks pregnant. She lives in one of the districts of Port Loko with her partner’s family. Six weeks later, when we arrived in Sierra Leone, Zainab had yet to go into labour, and had not […]
We came across Jakia when we visited the Kroo Bay slum in Sierra Leone Freetown. Jakia came running to us because she had heard that a midwife from the Aberdeen Women’s Centre was visiting. Jakia was five months pregnant, having lost her first two precious children. Kroo is often described as the worst place in […]
Zainab was brought to the Aberdeen Women’s Centre for fistula repair surgery by Aberdeen Women’s Centre outreach nurses, from her remote village in Moyamba District. She had been suffering with fistula for a couple of years. She explained to us when she went into labour her family was unable to take her to hospital and […]