Cordaid, leading a consortium of specialized agencies, has won a tender bid from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to further develop and expand our sexual reproductive health program. The Ministry has allocated an amount of nearly 30 million to the Jeune S3 consortium for five years, starting from 1 January 2016.
This means that we can continue to make sure that young people, living in fragile contexts in African countries, will make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Cordaid Healthcare Expert Geertje van Mensvoort: “I am over the moon that we can continue our work in this field for another five years. We had a good program, but we still have a great deal of work to do – we are now going to build on our successes and expand the program.”
The current SRH Next Generation program in the Great Lakes Region (Rwanda, South-Kivu in Congo DRC and Burundi) formed an important part of the track record. This new funding will enable Cordaid to continue, to scale-up and to extend the program to other fragile countries.
A better future
With the new JeuneS3 program, we reduce teenage girls’ vulnerability and prevent unwanted pregnancies. We offer young women a chance at a better future. If they finish school, gain more knowledge and stay healthy, they have a better chance at finding a job.
“We are now going to build on our successes and expand the program.”
So far, the program in the Great Lakes Region has reached over two million young people. More than before, they are in a position to make informed choices about their sexuality.
The continuation of this program will have a profound impact on society for the next generation of young people. Van Mensvoort: “We are proud to be able to make this effort with support from the Dutch government”.
Cordaid and the partners within the consortium will expand the program to other African countries over the next five years.
Cordaid and partners have been running a program for the past three years already in the Great Lakes Region. One of the main elements of the program is raising awareness and educating young people on their sexuality. Sexual education is intended to prevent teenage pregnancies. Teenage pregnancies often lead to a high rate of school drop-outs and poverty. And in the worst cases, deaths associated with unwanted pregnancies.
One of the ways in which we educate young people, is though roleplaying games. For example, we educate young women on how to say ‘no’ and young men on respecting a girl’s wishes.
Roleplaying game (photo: Cordaid)
“The fact that I didn’t have another baby allowed me to go to school to get my diploma and today I have a job!”
“I had a baby when I was 18. I was shocked because I did not expect this to happen!” Thanks to our work on sensitization through sexual education, Bora from Congo DRC knew how to prevent having another baby: “The fact that I didn’t have another baby allowed me to go to school to get my diploma and today I have a job!”