Support to teenage parents and their children
Strengthen family, social, community bonds to support
teen mothers or families facing difficulties
Early childhood development is considered to be a very important phase in determining the quality of health, well-being, learning and behaviour throughout life. Family, social, community and relational environments in which children grow strongly influence who they become. A lack of individual, social and financial resources among mothers, particularly during early pregnancy, can weaken the general environment and jeopardise a child’s development.
Children Action has set-up programmes targeting the prevention of children development issues, promoting protective factors to strengthen family units and ensure the well-being of at-risk children.
“Offering access to a familial and socially nourishing environment for children who live in precarious situations can significantly influence the course of a life.”
Source : Total Environment Assessment Model For Early Child Development - Evidence report, June 2007 for the World Health Organization
ASSISTING TEENAGE PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN
Children Action runs alongside the Kaleidos Foundation in Argentina, a project aimed at assisting teenage mothers, both in their roles as parents and in their lives as teenagers.
Preserving family bonds, promoting a child’s development and encouraging the autonomy of parents by creating a personalised plan for each mother are the main goals of the project.
PERU: RED MAMI
A COMMUNITY NETWORK TO SUPPORT TEENAGE PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN
In Lima, the Foundation has set up together with the Taller de Los Niños Association in Peru the Red Mami Project. This program aims to support teenage mothers living in the very poor district of Juan de Lurigancho.
The intervention focuses on access to essential rights, identity, health services and schooling for teen parents and their children.