Anything alive will grow, it will be adjusted and tweaked
Birthing Better Babies is no different
In Baseco there are many needs that yell for attention especially with the woman, who are primarily the caregivers of the children.
Now we have started the journey with these women we are realising that there are sub groups that require particular attention
There is a large amount of teen pregnancies in Baseco
There is no sex education, and girls find their first sex education lesson is sometimes their first pregnancy, with a person they do not know or who do not care a rip about them.
Many girls have had no parents/mothering or very deficient role models in each!
Sex education is non existent either from parents or at school, often stories from peers are woven with old wives tales and fallacies which colour a wrong way of thinking.
There is a desperate desperate need for mentoring and mothering with our teen and mothers
So we have begun the journey!
Len Len is our first teen in our mentoring program.
She is 17 years old, she lives with her alcoholic father. She has no mother.
Last year she was very involved with the Jn14;12 youth however she had some edgy friends who were not friends at all!
She ended up pregnant, the father has disappeared and was probably only a lad as well!
Len Len’s future is very unsure, she is already facing a financial burden (although BBB will sponsor her pregnancy)
She will definately be a burden on her father, so she probably will have to work, but what will happen to the baby?
Alone and pregnant in Baseco is a different matter though
NO SOCIAL SECURITY
NO FREE HEALTH
NO SINGLE MOTHER’S PENSION
NO ONE REALLY CARES FOR HER AND HER BABY
There are hundreds like her!
But we care.
She may be a drop in the ocean, but we can make a difference one teen and one baby at a time!
So we need to mentor these teens
Len Len will be mentored by one of our leaders Belinda Castro.
Already Len Len loves and adores Belinda, she calls her Mum.
Len Len watches Belinda with her newborn Prince with avid eyes, she watches how Belinda cares for and nurtures her baby and thankfully Len Len will use her as a Role Model.
Belinda is a good mother, she adores her kids and is a committed Christian, she is a Leader in Jn14:12
Already Len Len hangs around Belinda’s home and cares for Prince with her, this is tremendous practice for Len Len who has no mother or sisters.
Belinda makes sure Len Len takes her vitamins and goes with her to the Hospital for check ups.
Len Len will be closely mentored and cared for after the baby is born and the girls will ensure she is breastfeeding and the baby is being cared for properly.
We will, if need be, place her on contraception, unless she shows real signs of commitment to God and moral purity. BUT until then we can protect her and her new babe from further poverty, if we must we will guard her against herself until she meets someone who will marry and commit to her.
This is a great great thing for Len Len, when the baby is born she will have strong women of faith as her mothers, NOT teens her own age who have NO idea.
She probably does not realise how significant this will be for her and her unborn baby, but that does not matter, in the long run we help a life……in this case 2 lives!
I would say Len Len’s life has been touched and changed because of the women at Jn 14:12……like Belinda who actually do care for her!
What a good change, an exciting development
To give life, health and education to these girls is a wonderful thing!
Thank you Jesus!