Our volunteers will support the lives of teenage mothers.
Teenage mothers can come from all walks of life, but many of them have serious life challenges in common, including family poverty, family dysfunction, academic problems and high school drop-out, negative peer associations, and limited economic opportunities. Rates of teen pregnancy are much higher among teenagers in low-income families, with low self-esteem, low expectations for the future, and a history of family dysfunction, poor parenting, or child abuse.
About the Program
Volunteers impart practical skills to the teenage mothers to empower them to become economically self reliant, healthy and build stable future for their children. Economic empowerment of girls plays a pivotal role in breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty and shaping Uganda’s development. Girls with access to and control over economic resources are more likely to invest in their families.
Currently teenage mothers are trained to, bake products like cake, bread and bans; make craft materials like paper beads, mats, necklaces, earnings, bags and bangles. TMCSF is organizing teenage mothers in group to participate in Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA) and supporting them to offer credit services to teenage mothers for their business expansion.
Teenage Mother and Child Support Foundation seeks to enrich these teenagers with economic and social skills as well as lobby for their rights to social amenities such as universal education and public health care in order for them and their children to live a meaningful life. In addition, the organization employs a strategy of the teenage mothers being mentors of other teenagers in order to reduce the number of teenagers getting pregnant.
For those who are able to atleast a month and more, you can enroll as an individual volunteer.
Mentoring - mentors serve as a teacher, friend, sponsor,
listener, guide, role model and advisor, helping the girl clarify and achieve
her dreams. Mentors maintain a relationship with the girl during her entire
stay in Uganda
Skills enrichment - Examples are: baking instruction, sewing or needlework and scrap-booking or crafts.
Organize regular discussions with staff about the role and the added value of the organisation, network or coalition in society. Topics for discussion could include: Where does our legitimacy and credibility derive from? How are we perceived by external contacts, the wider general public, other organisations and (governmental) institutions?
Organize sessions for reflection on the impacts of our actions
Regularly check and discuss the mission of the organisation,
network or coalition: on whose behalf we act, and groups whose interests we
represent involved in our lobbying and advocacy activities.
Organize regular consultation meetings in the program by setting up joint lobby activities (for instance, joint meetings with relevant MPs, civil servants or companies).
After work Volunteers may go to the national theater, to watch comedy or performers.
During weekends, we have a number of Game parks they can visit.
Volunteers are also welcome to go swimming in the surrounding areas or watch African music concerts or do some general sports activities.
We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to the guest family house or the project office or the project sites.
We provide a lavish accommodation in a serene environment.
We provide 4 meals a day as requested by the volunteer.