Teenage Mothers Economic Empowerment Programme

Teenage mothers of Abenawia in a training session led by a resource person

Teenage mothers of Abenawia in a training session led by a resource person

 

Teenage Mothers of Abenawia, is a group of young women who dropped out of school be-cause of economic difficulties and teenage pregnancy. The men who put them in the family way neglected responsibility for their children. The association was formed on the initiative of Abenawia Child Protection Team in pursuance of a sustainable strategy for community development. The group was formed, first to support these unskilled young women acquire income earning skills to support the education of their children and secondly, to help edu-cate school children against teenage pregnancy. The Association is using practical life expe-riences (their own experiences) to help girls complete their basic education without drop-ping out of school as a result of pregnancy.

“I dropped out of school because my parents were poor and I had to work as a maidservant in Accra until I could no longer bear the maltreatment and had to return to the village. I have 3 children now and the father of the children hardly supports me.” (ABENA, teenage mother)

What she does for a living is pealing cassava for only GHȻ2.00 (US$0.51) a day. This money is not even paid immediately. It is therefore, very difficult to make ends meet under such cir-cumstance. These teenage mothers go through similar life experiences which are very un-bearable, they have therefore come together in a corporative spirit to acquire skills, equip-ment and other accessories as a group to facilitate a business venture.

They appealed to CRRECENT to train them in income earning skills such as soap making, pas-tries and other skills.