Innovative Program Empowers Hundreds of Moms and Teenagers

dsc_0345Our Club for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers is now serving over 440 women and teenagers in 32 Local Church Initiatives (LCIs) across Nicaragua!
The overarching goal of the club is to prevent the often irreversible cognitive and physical defects that are caused by chronic malnourishment during a child’s most formative years.
Mothers learn about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to provide proper nourishment to their babies and infants. The club also educates the women on their rights and provides strategies for protection from abusive partners, all the while inviting the women into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
According to the World Bank, Nicaragua has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Latin America – 1 in 3 teenagers will have a baby before they are 18.

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Teenagers like Chelsea (on right) are also being reached through our clubs with information about preventing teenage pregnancies as well as how to protect themselves from sexual abuse situations.
Chelsea shared, “The club has helped me learn about the consequences of an early pregnancy on my life. I am grateful for what I am learning here and I want to help teach other teenagers.”
 
We are so excited for these women and teenagers who are not only being equipped and empowered with life-changing information, but who are also experiencing Christ’s love through their local Nicaraguan church.

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Katie Beasley

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