Every day 5 girls, in Peru, age 14 or younger, give birth to a child, product of sexual violence. In Ayacucho, 17 out of every 100 teenage girls, age 15 to 19 were pregnant. Most of these girls como from a poor background, living in the poor districts of Ayacucho. Many of them are in a vulnerable situation, living in the midst of abandonment, violence, school dropouts or poverty. Due to their young age and the situation in which they live, they express limited management of their emotions both for themselves and in their role as mothers.
For this reason we have implemented the project “Sowing love in your baby” with the aim of increasing the positive parental skills of 100 teenage mothers, between 14 and 17 years old, with children under 3 years old. Through workshops and individualized sessions of art therapy and video feedback, we help them to better manage their emotions and adopt positive parental behaviors.
By strengthening these teenagers in their emotional well-being and their parenting, we try to break the cycle of violence and poverty. At the same time we want to empower them to defend their rights and those of their child, accessing health, protection and education services provided by the state or other organizations.
DIA has been working with teenage mothers since 2010.
In 2009, research and a review of intervention strategies for adolescent mothers at risk in Ayacucho were carried out, concluding that there was a great need to implement strategies for prevention, care, rehabilitation and empowering of teenage mothers.
Thus, in 2010 the social entity DIA – Comprehensive Development of Adolescents – (Solid) was founded with the aim of facilitating capacity building and improving the living conditions of adolescents at risk in the peri-urban area of Ayacucho, through home visits.
After 9 years of intervention, it was decided to redefine the project for 2020. Society had changed, with more allies with whom to coordinated work. So the intervention was redefined focussing on what teenage mothers at risk need to access the services which they often lack.