In partnership with Street Child, WYCF is delivering a project emphasizing the importance of girls’ education entitled ‘Teenage Pregnancy Education Pilot Program.’
Sierra Leone has among the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world. According to 2016 UNFPA figures, 28% of girls ages 15 – 19 were pregnant or already had children. UNFPA reporting from 2013 suggests that almost 40% of women between the ages of 20 and 24 had given birth before age 18, and though exact pre-crisis numbers have been difficult to establish, evidence suggests that the teen pregnancy rate rose during the Ebola crisis.
WYCF supports the delivery of this Street Child project in Freetown, Sierra Leone. As an ongoing project will continue to assist in the upcoming phases. Sport for Social Change is another WYCF program that seeks to address early pregnancy. Through sports, WYCF involves the greater community to spread key messages about safety and health.
If you would like to support WYCF’s efforts to provide equal opportunities for girls and women, please help us fundraise or make a donation. You can also get in touch at any time – we will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide more information!