Counseling and Motivation
Counseling and Motivation (Young Mothers self-improvement (personal development) program – through expert talks/counseling )
Usually the families and communities shut the doors of support and opportunities for vulnerable young mothers and tending to be blind on their lives and their innocent children.
Young mothers live under maximum poverty, without family, social, economic or government support, our families and communities tend to be blind on this huge group and look at the as cursed one.
They live with fear, shame, guilty, and stress on how to manage a new life as a mother, overcoming the challenges they are facing, and stigmatization from families and communities.
That is why this program of counseling and motivation is very essential activity after registration to bring them back to normality and help accept and face the new changes and challenges with strong faith and focus.
This program encourages young mothers to connect to mental health professionals, as well as a peer support network. It helps to reduce young mothers’ isolation by providing a network of supportive peers who share similar past experiences and future challenges as young mothers. Topics related to mental health offers participants attention with the aim of raising awareness of issues and referral routes to services. Removing stigma around issues affecting young mothers is important element of discussions and presentations. Also it brings back a lost hope and courage to restart afresh.
Tunza Mtoto Initiative – a childcare program for children belonging to registered young mothers.
Due to experiences collected so far not only young mothers but even their children are disregarded, discriminated and looked upon as pariahs by members of their mothers’ families and the surrounding community. They are being called derogatory names such as bastards, illegitimate kid, etc.
People are supposed to show mercy to these children not as the treatment similarly meted to their teenage mothers who were kicked out of school, out of home and left to live a life without any support. Let’s ask ourselves how is it the child’s fault? These are the leaders and parents of tomorrow, if we don’t put our mind on them how will they survive to escape poverty, teenage pregnancy, child abuse, early marriage and becoming street children?
YSMF sees these children as seeds currently growing in a desert; however, it is essential to invest enough effort for them to grow without hardships. For such investment to be realized YSMF extends its support through:-
- Nutrition Programs
- School Materials for kindergarten and pre-primary education
- Clothes and playing toys.
- We are also looking for sponsors for long term support.