A SOCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL LEVER FOR YOUNG MOTHERS

  Project title

... and their babies in Burkina Faso

  Location

Banfora, Burkina Faso

  Starting point

In an already difficult context where less than one-third of young people reach secondary school, many girls drop out of school as a result of early pregnancy, jeopardizing their future and that of their children.

The Burkinabe government has put in place a national strategy to fight early pregnancy and is working to increase vocational training opportunities for young people who drop out of school.

The means implemented to achieve this are very insufficient. ASED is working with Cherenfant to complement these efforts and support young girls in the Cascades region who are dropping out of school and suffering from social exclusion.

 

   About the project

In collaboration with its partner, the association Cherenfant, a unique and quality training in hairdressing is offered to enable the girl mothers it supports to envision a better future for themselves and their children.

This hairdressing training course was introduced in 2018 to meet the demand of several young girls wishing to train in it. The hairdressing training currently occupies part of the premises initially planned for a sewing training, negatively impacting the development of the latter.

This project therefore aims to create premises specifically dedicated to hairdressing training to allow the two streams to develop in parallel while maintaining a high level of quality.

The socio-professional reintegration proposed to these young mothers is facilitated by the services of a childcare for their babies, while they are training, as well as a support adapted to their circumstances.

The direct beneficiaries of the project include the 60 girls and young women between 14 and 18 years old in difficult situations or out of school who are trained by the center each year and their babies.

 

  Partnership

The Cherenfant Association in Banfora was created in 2012. It was born from the initiative of its current president who decided to act to help the many children who are in extreme distress in his region.

  Duration

2021: seeking funding

The project will last 2 years.