GFC Provides Life Saving Skills to Teenage Mothers

first_imgGirls For Change Executive Director, Mrs. Ora Barclay Keller.Having the cognizance that adolescence is a vital stage of growth and development when young people are intensely influenced by their peers and the outside world, Girls for Change (GFC) Executive Director, Mrs. Ora Barclay Keller said.She says her organization, since 2013, has been keeping sleeves above elbow to provide lifesaving skills to teenage mothers and nurturing them to form a positive self-image, manage emotions, build relationships, strengthen social skills, and deal with peer pressure.Mrs. Keller added that adolescents at this stage are more prone and vulnerable to high risk, especially considering the fact that more than half of Liberia’s population is under 18 years.These alarming stats are further compounded by the availability of limited opportunities for education, training and employment, which render this age group particularly vulnerable. It is this situation, Mrs. Keller said that GFC is working to address with the requisite support from those who believe in Liberia’s future.She spoke in a exclusive interview with this newspaper on Monday, May 20, 2019 at her Thinker’s Village office.Mrs. Keller said that GFC is prepping these young women, most of whom dropout of school by providing scholarships, health clubs in schools, training and awareness on teenage pregnancy, early childhood development for teenage mothers’ children, while they are in school and mentoring.According to her, this initiative grew out of the realization that many young women who dropped out of school would go back but not stay in school because there are no facilities to cater to their children while they are in school.It is based on this that the GFC began running their childhood development programs to provide care for these kids to sustain their mothers in school. “This allows the mother to be settled in school and pay attention to her studies, because her child is being taken care of at our child development center,” she said.“Most of the girls we are providing opportunities for are victims of sexual abuse and some got pregnant while in school. Retaining them in school is a primary concern for us. We saw a gap in the lack of a safe environment for those children to play and learn,” Mrs. Keller said.Besides taking of these children while their mothers are in school, GFC saw the need to educate teenagers on reproductive health as the surest way to prevent teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and the consequence of getting pregnant while still seeking primary education since there are not courses in schools to provide such knowledge.During school vacations, beneficiaries of GFC scholarship program and other community residents are encouraged to attend skills training activities such as tailoring, graphic design, knitting of African slippers, painting that would keep them busy during vacation.Mrs. Keller said that more than 500 teenage mothers and their children have benefited from the organization’s programs. Some of the students who completed the training are being used as ambassadors to teach their peers about the importance of healthy living, prevention of teenage pregnancy and peer-to-peer coaching.GFC is a women’s rights non-profit organization committed to transforming society and supporting women/girls affected by all forms of violence.The self-supported civil society organization, which operates within Montserrado, Bong and Lower Margibi counties with focus on supporting teenage mothers, less fortunate girls and under privileged and marginalized youth through the provision of scholarships in formal and informal education.GFC expertise provides a holistic trauma-sensitive and empowering approach to survivors of sexualized and other forms of violence and to service providers and stakeholders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Zealand brace for Peru onslaught

first_img0Shares0000New Zealand’s coach Anthony Hudson walks from the field at half-time during the World Cup football qualifying match against Peru at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on November 11, 2017 © AFP/File / Marty MELVILLELIMA, Peru, Nov 15 – New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson said his team are preparing for an early onslaught as they face Peru here on Wednesday with a World Cup place on the line.The New Zealanders take on Peru in their Oceania-South America playoff with the odds against them after a 0-0 draw in the first leg at Wellington on Saturday. However, Hudson believes the pressure is all on hosts Peru, who are aiming to secure their first appearance at a World Cup finals since 1982.“We know that if Peru loses, it will be a national disaster,” Hudson said. “We don’t have that pressure. We have a united and small but strong team that is here to win.”Hudson said he believes that awareness of that pressure will prompt Peru to begin aggressively when Wednesday’s second leg kicks off at Lima’s Estadio Nacional.“I expect their team to try and play very fast and try and score early,” Hudson said.“The longer the tie stays the way it is, the more it will go in our favour. I imagine the pressure will only increase on the home team every five minutes as the game goes on.“And because of that pressure, I think they’re going to start very fast.”New Zealand, ranked 122nd in the world, need only a score draw in Lima to be assured of their third World Cup berth, following appearances at the 1982 and 2010 finals.New Zealand captain Winston Reid, meanwhile, was only too happy to remind Peru of their own struggles when it came to qualifying for the World Cup.Asked to comment on New Zealand’s poor record of qualifying for the World Cup, the West Ham defender replied: “Well you haven’t been to a World Cup for a while have you?“Records are meant to be broken, for you and for us. So we will see.”Hudson, meanwhile, said he expects Burnley’s Chris Wood to be ready to play after a recent hamstring problem.“He’ll be fine. Every day that passes he has been getting better,” Hudson said.Peru, meanwhile, will look to strikers Jefferson Farfan and Raul Ruidiaz to help provide the cutting edge in the absence of the suspended Paolo Guerrero.Guerrero is unavailable after failing a dope test last month.“We still have one more final and we have to give everything to get to the World Cup,” said Farfan, who plays for Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.“New Zealand is a team that is very disciplined tactically and in defence it does not leave any space. You have to be patient to find the space.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more