SmartMothers Foundation on 28 August, 2018, through its ‘Teen Mothers Outreach’ programme visited Mbiaso community, a village in Nsit Ibom Local Government, Akwa Ibom State to empower teen mothers with basic relief materials to support them in their child care journey.
The outreach was held at Maurid Polytechnic, Mbiaso, Nsit Ibom Local Government. It recorded about 300 persons in attendance, teen mothers, teenagers/youths and parents.
According to the founder of the NGO, Ms Sifon Udo, “Teenage pregnancy has been on alarming increase and it has become a menace that plagues the lives of young girls in this century. The implications of teenage pregnancy are quite grave, both for mother and child and the after effects of these consequences tell a great deal on society. While pregnancy among young girls is on the rise, so is the associated burden this creates on society.”
Therefore to bring this issue to the fore, SmartMothers Foundation advocates and campaigns to reduce Teenage Pregnancy. The prevention of Teenage Pregnancy ought to be the collective effort of everyone, making efforts to educate young girls and young boys.
This informed the brave step of SmartMothers Foundation to organize an outreach to sensitize the populace and empowering teen mothers with basic relief materials to aid their livelihood.
At the event, teenagers were sensitized on proper sexual health management, gave counselling to teen mothers and hinted them on the myriad of opportunities that abound despite their mistake and informed parents the importance of teaching their children sex education.
Also, relief materials were donated to teen mothers and administered free HIV and Blood Pressure check and shared gifts for all in attendance.
SmartMothers Foundation (SMF), is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and developmental entity working towards achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating enabling environment to foster productivity amongst teenagers and teen mothers.
Smartmothers Foundation (SMF) is motivated by the desire to empower teen mothers and teenagers with the right mind and skills set, affordable and adequate health care services, appropriate counselling and alternative methods of education required to become developed.