04 Feb Teen Rescue Program
Kenya is among selected countries in the world that have recorded high numbers of teenage mothers, says a new report.
According to the study, ‘Out of wedlock, into school:combating child marriage through education‘, nearly three in every ten girls are bearing a child, disorganising their school lives. The study was conducted by United Nations special envoy for global eduation, Gordon Brown, who is also the former British prime minister. Kenya ,ranked sixth, is however better ranked than all her neighbours in East Africa.
According to the report, cases of child marriage in some countries are seen as part of a wider economic coping strategy which generates income an assets, while reducing the costs associated with raising hchildren. This explains why early marriage is more common among poor as opposed to rich households. The report cites Kenya as a country where child marriage sometimes increases during periods of crisis, as witnessed by the ‘drought brides’ phenomenon. According to the report, girls aged between 15 and 19 are twice as likely to die during childbirth as those older. For girls aged below 15, the likelihood of death is five times greater, the report says.
Infants born to mothers under the age of 18 are more likely to die in their first year than those born to mothers aged 18 and over.
To shelter and educate homeless pregnant and parenting young women by providing comprehensive therapy based services that empower them to make successful life decisions for themselves and their babies.
Teen rescue is an issue of paramount importance to the individual, the family and the society.
TRI aims at sheltering teenage mothers as well as empowering them to be able to rediscover themselves and set their feet on the right path. We create an environment that fosters hope, dignity and self sufficiency.
The shilter TRI aims to establish will strive to break the negative cycle associated with teen pregnancy: abortion, high-risk births with premature and low birth weight babies, interrupted education, repeated teen pregnancy, poverty, dependancy on public assistance and child abuse and neglect in the next generation.