This is discussion about *Y.C.* The future for: Adolescent mothers & married Adolescents!.
Great idea, this is definitely an unmet need and I wish you the best. Just a few questions:
1. Changing the views of community leaders is no small task, especially when these ideas are ingrained in their culture. How do you plan on influencing these leaders enough to get their support and once you have their support how to you plan on using it to help your cause?
2. If these adolescents are left normally looked over, how do you plan on getting them to attend your program? Is there going to be resistance from the community making this difficult?
Thank you for going through my project concept and for your kind words.
1. I agree with you that dealing with societal norms is not an easy thing, but it has been done and can still be done. a. Borrowing on earlier models of programming on issues around cultural norms, sensitization of the leaders and increasing community intolerance to issues that affect maternal health will gradually help in support for adolescent mothers and married adolescents.
b. The support of the key leaders will help in increased sensitization and reaching men, who are the main decision makers to ensure that men support the initiatives and are partners in the whole process. The key leaders will support mobilization of resources in Cash and kind for the cause.
2. The communities from the Coast Province and South Rift Valley province whom I have recommended, are communities where early marriage is practices and some of the other cultural activities that affect women health. This implies that the adolescent mothers and married adolescents are known. Some of them are engaged in other community activities and also access services, but these services are not specifically tailored to address their needs.
a. I know working exclusively with such groups might be stigmatizing if not well planned. I will thus work with them through Psychosocial groups and beginning from those who are known and open about it to reach to those who are not. Again the Opinion leaders in the community and the health facilities will play a key role in integrating these populations and ensuring they access services.
b. Building on the already political will to address issues of early marriage, Female Genital Cutting and the return to school policy, the project will focus on re integration of those married and or are adolescent mothers at the various levels based on their need.Linking with micro finance institutions will ensure that those able and or willing to start businesses have support to run businesses that will support them.
Thank you once again, and I will be glad to respond to any queries you may have and take any input you have.
Peris Wakesho (Ms.)
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Thanks You Miller,
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