Spotlight place on teenage pregnancy  at Waramadong 

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Education and Awareness Officer , Arlyne Ramdatt presents a certificate to a resident of Waramadong following a training exercise undertaken by Blossom Inc through its Spotlight Initiative project.

… as Blossom Inc spreads educational awareness in hinterland village

Students of  Warmadong Secondary School were recently given an opportunity to air their concerns about teenage pregnancy  when Blossom Inc carried its Spotlight Initiative project to the village.

The project  aims to eliminate violence against women and girls. It was  unveiled in the Hinterland areas in Region One late last year.

During a four-day outreach to Waramadong, the team planned and implemented several activities geared at addressing  gender-based violence in the community. The team, which included Arlyne Ramdatt and Joses Solomon,  Education Officers engaged village officials and residents of the village. They were  accompanied by Sonia Daniels and Child Protection Officer Miss Edwards- who has responsibility over the entire Region 7- to conduct a needs-based assessment. School teacher, Sharida Jerry also provided support to the team.

The team met former Toshao Charles Jerry and current village councillors and during the course of the discussions , a  needs-based assessment was undertaken.  “From this meeting several community leaders, including Pastor Bascome expressed their concerns relating to teen pregnancy at the secondary school students,” the body noted.

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The visiting officials then conducted an informal meeting with the secondary school students to hear what their concerns about their community are and how they believe Spotlight will be able to help. Ramdatt said the concerns surrounded assistance the teens needed including guidance on how to address teenage pregnancy within the households.

Blossom Inc’s Education and Awareness Officer, Arlyne Ramdatt engages students during an informal meeting at Waramadong.

The  Spotlight team said it has recognized where  additional support is required and a follow-up trip is planned for the area. This second trip will likely focus more on  addressing the high cases of teen pregnancy and conducting a round table talk with the parents of the community.

Blossom’s Spotlight  team also formally formed a collaboration between Blossom’s Spotlight Initiative and the leaders within Waramadong.

The team continued its  LEAP training workshop initiative and during this forum, which included participation from local frontline workers and community leaders, the parties  sought to collaborate, empower, and equip persons with the necessary skills to manage and address gender-based violence within their community.

It was noted that 26 persons were certified following a training exercise and 12 persons volunteered to support the Spotlight Initiative by becoming gatekeepers for Waramadong.

Blossom Inc.’s Spotlight Initiative is advocating for all  Guyanese to challenge the prevention of violence against women and girls in our communities. “If you see something, say something,” the body urged.

For safe spaces and to make reports of gender-based violence, the general public is asked to  contact: Blossom Inc. at 233-6701, the Counselling Hotline at 914, or the Child Protection hotline at 227-0979.



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