Burkina Faso

Reducing unsafe sexual practices of vulnerable adolescent girls in Burkina Faso

Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Participants: 120 adolescent girls (2 groups of 60)
Funding: Marble Collegiate Church and Collegiate Church Corporation
Executing Partner: ADEP
Fully Funded

Country Background

Burkina Faso is one of the least developed countries in the world and ranked 181 out of 187 countries in the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) 2011 Human Development Index. One major limitation is the weakness of its national capacities, in particular the human capital. About half of the population lives in poverty and the severity of poverty is higher for women than for men. Burkina Faso is poor in natural resources, has very limited rainfall, averaging about 350 mm in the north and 1000 mm in the southwest, and has no coastal access.

Palms for Life has been supporting the Association of Support and the Awakening Pugsada (ADEP) since 2012. ADEP works with vulnerable adolescents and has identified a number of factors influencing the perception of sexuality among adolescents. These are: a lack of communication, misinformation, and low self-esteem of adolescents in their relationships. This awareness is particularly important in a country where sex is a taboo topic in society and between parents and children.

This project aims to better equip vulnerable adolescent girls by creating a framework to train and inform them on the risks and consequences of sexual practices and, ultimately, provide them with more choices in how to manage their sexuality.

 

Activities:

  1. Train vulnerable adolescent girls in adopting responsible sexual practices
  2. Strengthen the knowledge and skills of vulnerable adolescent girls on sexual and reproductive health, STDs, and HIV / AIDS; to train and equip them to adopt responsible sexual behavior, to increase their self-esteem, and to negotiate in their relationships.

Expected Results

  1. Influence participants and promote change of attitudes and behaviors in terms of adopting more sexually responsible behavior
  2. Reduce prostitution and inform adolescents about abortion and HIV/AIDS.
  3. Participants have increased awareness about  HIV/AIDs, hygiene,  the menstrual cycle, and the anatomy and physiology of the female genital organs.
  4. Participants also feel better prepared to communicate about their sexuality with their parents, friends, and employers.
  5. Participants also share their new knowledge with friends who seek advice about dealing with men.