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Weʼre raising £1,150 to Furnish "The Shelter of Good Hope" Moshi, Tanzania. They provide sex education, as well as support, education and healthcare for teen mums

Moshi, Tanzania

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The teen pregnancy rate in Tanzania is about 25%, due to lack of sexual education and poor uptake of contraception (even though it is provided for free).

The stigma surrounding teen pregnancy is huge. The government banishes young mums from it's public schools, meaning they cannot finish their education and go on to earn a living. Their partners leave and their families kick them out, leaving them with no support. They are too afraid to go to normal hospitals so have little access to antenatal care.

The impact on their mental health is so profound that most commit suicide. Others try to terminate (illegal in Tanzania) with disastrous effects, or abandon the babies in cespits or ditches.

We are supporting a project called the Shelter of Good Hope. It's run by a youth worker, Theo, who (very progressively) believes that the young girls shouldn't be blamed. He has been providing sex education in schools, in addition to teaching the young mums how to make things that they can sell, and providing classes to help them finish their standard education and enable them to access higher education. He has acquired a premises which he is turning into a safe space and, eventually, a place to provide youth friendly health clinics.

We have been doing it up as best we can and have sourced doctors to help. Theo has permission from the schools to teach. What's missing is money to help them start up. Although Theo provides Swahili and cooking classes to raise funds, it's not enough. We are trying to raise £840 to provide them with some furniture and paint for us to finish decorating. We hope to buy as much as possible of this before we leave in two weeks.

Any donations, however small, would mean the world - money goes much further here. You can also sponsor a particular item if you prefer.

(Also, volunteers to help develop the project over the next few years would be really appreciated, get in touch!)

Thanks!

Their very well designed website: http://theshelterofgoodhope.org

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  • Emily Rowlands16 days ago
    Emily Rowlands

    Emily Rowlands

    16 days ago

    A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far! We are amazed to have exceeded our first target in just a week. With the money we are able to buy office furniture, signs for the front of the building, stores of food to feed the girls when they come for teaching and counselling, and pay the rent for the next two months. This picture shows us with Theo and some of the items we have contributed so far. I will now increase the target, to raise money for paint, a second hand computer and materials for soap making courses. Thanks again!!

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Page last updated on: 8/14/2018 12:40 PM

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  • Kate Rose

    Kate Rose

    Aug 14, 2018

    Good luck!

    £25.00

  • Aukelien

    Aukelien

    Aug 11, 2018

    Keep up the good work!

    £10.00

  • Andie Johnson

    Andie Johnson

    Aug 5, 2018

    This is fantastic! Met a woman in Malaysia doing something very similar for same reasons. (I'll warn you she ended up adopting at least 8 of her babies.....!!) Keep going. Will share locally x

    £20.00

  • Clive Kelly

    Clive Kelly

    Aug 5, 2018

    This is brilliant work girls, and I shall share and continue to work with Theo and the others when I go back in autumn!

    £30.00

  • Mark Luinenburg

    Mark Luinenburg

    Aug 5, 2018

    Keep up the good work!

    £20.00

  • Liliane van Heteren

    Liliane van Heteren

    Aug 4, 2018

    Great work! Dirk, Renee, Milo, Vito en Liliane

  • Robbie and Rita

    Robbie and Rita

    Aug 4, 2018

    £20.00

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Emily Rowlands

Emily Rowlands

Moshi, Tanzania

We are a group of medical and nursing students on placement in Tanzania. Our time in the hospital has shown us what awful effects lack of education and stigma around teen pregnancy can have, and that support we take for granted in developed countries isn't available to all!

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