Empowering teenage girls through Life Skills development
Caritas Finland and Paremmin Yhdessä ry support a girls life skill project in the Philippines.
The project helps teenage girls to learn life skills in high schools in Baguio City, Philippines. The goal is to reduce risky behavior, teenage pregnancies and substance abuse by strengthening the self-esteem and life skills of teenage girls. Many teenage girls especially from lower economic backgrounds are at risk of pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse. Risky sexual behavior also leads to abortions and HIV-infections. Tobacco, alcohol and drug use affect the health of the teenagers and expose them to criminal behavior and gangs. These factors have a devastating impact on the girls and their families and lead to poor academic performance and absence from school with life-long consequences.
It is important for teenage girls to learn to know themselves and their life goals: Who am I?, where am I going?, how do I get there? The project supports the girls to achieve stronger self-confidence, a sense of responsibility, skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making, as well as improved communication and relationship skills. This will empower them with the skills and courage needed in challenging situations and to become responsible and contributing members of the community.
The implementing organization BCYA has been working for three decades with the local youth. Baguio City is a city with a population of 350,000, in the island of Luzon. Caritas Finland and Paremmin Yhdessä are raising funds to support the project that will help 500 teenage girls aged 13-19 years from five public high schools in five communities by empowering them through life skills development. The training sessions and peer support activities are led by peer educators, who themselves are teens, as well as adult teacher mentors. The project will also be supported by the parents and the local community leaders. The project will be implemented during the school semester between April and September in 2018.
The teenage peer educators (see picture below) as well as the teacher mentors have participated in trainings during April and the first girls' groups have started in May and June! In September, Caritas board member Gloria Lapitan will make a monitoring visit to Baguio City to learn about the project and its results.
Please give your support to the project by donating to Caritas Finland account FI73 8000 1270 1545 04 by using the reference number 2312 (development cooperation).
Advent collection 2018 supports the project and its continuation:
Caritas Finland's account is Danske Bank FI73 8000 1270 1545 04.
To support the girls' life skills development project in Philippines,
please use the reference number 2312 (development cooperation).
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