100% Against Teen Pregnancy Campaign
The Source of Hope Youth Foundation, a PACSA partner, in partnership with Rivlife International conducted a community campaign entitled, “100% Against Teen Pregnancy” on the 21st May 2016. The campaign walk attracted about 90 youth from the communities of Eastwood, Cinderella Park, Panorama and Thembalihle.
Research conducted by Source of Hope Youth Foundation in 2015 revealed that 146 teen-age pregnancies were recorded by schools in the area. These communities experience high levels of unemployment and poverty putting immense strain on family life and resulting in young people facing difficult struggles. The speakers at the campaign called on youth in these communities to abstain from teen-age sexual activity but also for the provision of contraception at the local clinics. Others stressed that the impact of socio-economic conditions such as unemployment and poverty that drives a sense of hopelessness amongst the youth and contributes to teen-age pregnancy. The next step in the campaign is to create a task team to plan further campaign activities.