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In the age range of 14 and 15 most girls are thinking of clothes, parties and having mad awesome fun. For many girls, teenage pregnancy comes with a lack of parenting. Some girls lack this knowledge hence misbehaving all the way while some feel that they are neglected or abandoned by their loved ones. Hence they go off doing the abnormal which later spans to a huge regret and life becomes pretty difficult for them.
The average number of births for every 1,000 girl aged 15 to 19 is approximately 15 in European Union countries. The United States with 64 births per year for every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19 also has a high rate.
While Africa having the highest rates of adolescent pregnancy, a factor that affects the health, education, and earning potential of millions of African girls, according to United Nations Population Fund’s report investing in them today should become a high priority for the society in order to shape humanity’s future.
Becoming pregnant at too young an age can distort a young woman’s development, limiting education and lifetime opportunities. For infants born to teenage mothers, the years of early childhood may be marked by poverty, poor care, and instability, which could heighten problems from one generation to the next.
Teen pregnancy has reached massive consequences both for mother and child. Mothers face higher risks of complications in childbirth and their infants are at greater risk of prematurity, low birth weights, death in the first year of life, and developmental problems.
Linking the best possible ways in ensuring the lives of teens and their babies are well protected, nourished and cherished, this life-giving impact propelled the ED of Feed The Flock Foundation, a graduate of Analytical Chemistry to dedicate her service to these wearied teenagers while travelling around the country as an editor.
Thus in 2007, she diversified into majorly caring for pregnant teenage mothers, which would lead to a reduction in mortality rates amongst infants, youths and mothers.
This unfriendly issue practically led to the establishment of Feed the Flock Foundation to go out of their ways to care for teenage pregnant mothers, their babies, youths, children and women.
Feed The Flock Foundation, going by statistics which shows a high rate of infant mortality is committed to the restoration of destinies of teenage mothers in the society: socially, educationally, emotionally, and spiritually.
The foundation is en-burdened to take over the responsibilities of girls’ rights from their pregnancy states to deliveries.
With the visions and missions of restoring hope for teenage mothers and commitment to the upliftment of destinies of Teenage Mothers in the society through spiritual and total welfare package, Feed the Flock Foundation has thus far ensured that teenage mothers are well taken care of from pregnancy to delivery, baby care, back to school for the mothers, development and training of the babies to University levels hence the provisions for: distribution of educational handbills, translated into major Nigeria languages, housing for teenage mothers and their babies, provision of medical facilities as needed, orphanage system to receive abandoned babies and single mothers, educational development and training of the children.
Mrs. Oluwafemi moved ahead to organizing talks in Primary and Secondary Schools, Market places and Worship centers, organizing seminars on Sex Education with emphasis on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD, HIV/AIDS and other plagues, organizing free training on skill acquisition, both indoor and outdoor thereby and empower the ambitious ones, visiting government-owned hospitals, especially pro- and prenatal wards, organizing talks and rendering other assistance required, organizing extra teaching for students preparing for examination into Tertiary Institutions and lastly Feed the Flock Foundation who is also engaged in subsistence farming has done a great deal in putting food on the tables of the teenage mothers and their babies.