Teenage pregnancy is one of the key causes preventing girls from completing their education. Whether it’s lack of support from the extended family, systemic discrimination by schools and the community, or simply a lack of resources. The often unwanted pregnancy means the young mother is left with little hope for a self-determined and autonomous future.
With screenings of the moving documentary Milk, our partner Karibuni Kenya, is mobilising teenage mothers in rural Kenya to participate in workshops and community groups. In these Breastfeeding Information Groups – BIGs – the mothers receive medical advice on sexual health, birth spacing and nutrition. Crucially, Karibuni’s outreach work with parents, and the local community, provides the girls with the opportunity to return to school or training college.
The Breastfeeding Information Groups (BIGS) are facilitated by local health experts, and a safe place for the girls to discuss their issues and concerns, share stories and get the encouragement and assistance they need for a more self-determined and brighter future.
Together with our partner Karibuni Kenya in Bungoma we have run three successful BIG projects, enabling over 500 girls to regain control over their futures. BIG IV is all set for the second half of 2024.