& SEXUAL VIOLENCE
In Peru teenage pregnancies remain a large problem. Desarrollo Integral del Adolescente (Dia), translated as ‘Adolescent Development’, is Solid’s social organization in Ayacucho, Peru, which specifically addresses the issues of teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence against young girls. The risk of young girls ending up on the streets with no education, poor parenting skills and no hope of a future, is a problem we at Solid are determined to help tackle.
Support for young teenage mothers
Prevention program for teenage pregnancies.
Shelter for girls, victim of sexual violence.
Back to school support for teenage mothers.
Project "CAR" a residential care centre for victims of sexual violence
The shelter is set up for teenage mothers and girls, aged 12 to 18 years old, who are victims of sexual and/or family violence, providing them with a safe environment to stabilise their crisis situation.
All the girls are referred by the UPE, a special child protection unit, or by the court. The shelter has capacity for 18 teenagers, including 3 teenage mothers.
During their stay in the shelter, the girls are accompanied by a multidisciplinary team of health workers, teachers, social workers and psychologists, to intervene in a comprehensive manner, stabilising the emotional crisis situation, as well as to help them return to their daily activities, such as attending school and participating in recreational activities.
During the teenager’s stay, the team reaches out to the family, or the family support network, to work with them to create a secure environment that she can safely return to.
After an average of two years, upon achieving emotional recovery and a safe environment, 50% of the girls return to their family environment. 50% of the girls prepare themselves for independent living, lacking the support of their family.
Every day in Peru 5 girls, aged 14 or younger, give birth to a child as a result of sexual violence. In 2017, in Ayacucho, 17 out of every 100 teenage girls, aged 15 to 19, became pregnant. Most of these girls come from a poor background, living in the poor districts of Ayacucho. Many of them are in a vulnerable situation, living in the midst of abandonment, violence, lack of schooling and poverty. Due to their young age and the situation in which they live, they express limited management of their emotions both for themselves and in their role as mothers.
For this reason, the project has been implemented to improve the parenting skills of 100 teenage mothers every year. These are girls aged 12 to 18 years old, who have children under 3 years old.
By strengthening the emotional well-being and parenting skills of these teenagers, the vicious cycle of violence and poverty can be broken. At the same time, they learn to defend their rights and those of their child, allowing them to access health services, the educational system, legal protective measures and support programs provided by the state or other organizations.
The project aims to prevent teenage pregnancies through educational program and working for student leaders. By strenghtening their personal and social skills and their knowledge on sex education, the project aims to have a peer to peer effect, organizing on and offline campaigns with these young leaders to inform other teenagers on the topic of teenage pregnancies and sexual violence
The goal is clear and urgent: putting a stop to the increasing number of teenage pregnancies in the region. In 2018, in Peru 12 girls out of every 100 between the ages of 15 and 19, became pregnant. In Ayacucho this figure lies even higher with 15,6% of teenage girls becoming pregnant. (INDEI ENDES 2018) Even moren worryingly, is the mothers who are under 14. In 2020 there were 20 newborns registered in Ayacucho whose mothers were girls aged between 10 and 14 (MINSA 2020).
Back to school
Many of the teenage girls drop out of school when they become pregnant, due to financial reasons, discrimination, abandonment by their parents or due to an overprotective partner. This directly leads to a stagnation in their personal development, limiting them even more when trying to obtain a well-paid job in the future. Leaving them with a low quality of life for them and their baby. Re-integrating these girls into the educational system, until finishing their high school education, contributes to their personal development and provides a way to escape a poor future.A tutor at Solid accompanies the teenagers to enrolment in educational institutions, connects them with available grants and continuously motivates them and monitors their progress through home visits. Yearly, the program will focus on 80 girls between 12 and 18 years old, in the poor districts of Ayacucho.
teenage moms receive coaching every year
teenage mothers in coaching don’t abandon their studies