In a region grappling with rising cases of teenage pregnancy, school dropouts, and early child marriages, a beacon of hope has emerged in the form of the Rebecca Project.
More than 150 adolescent girls in the Central Region are now being offered a lifeline towards a brighter future, thanks to this transformative initiative.
The Rebecca Project aims to empower adolescent girls by providing them with essential life skills and mentorship to navigate economic and social challenges successfully.
One of its key initiatives includes offering scholarships to support these girls in pursuing their educational dreams.
Founded by Reverend Muriel Vanderpuye, who also leads Women Praying for Women International, the project seeks to equip adolescent girls in the region with valuable life and vocational skills that will pave the way for their careers.
Reverend Vanderpuye expressed her motivation for launching the project, saying, “I was moved when I read on a Ghanaian blog about teenage pregnancy and early childhood marriages and high school dropout cases in the Central region.
“When I looked at the statistics, I felt somebody had to do something about it. Through this project, we are giving them life skills.”
Reverend Vanderpuye firmly believes that the skills imparted through the project will significantly enhance the lives of these adolescent girls.
She emphasised that facing challenges such as teenage pregnancy or early marriage should not be seen as the end of the road, urging project participants never to lose hope.
The Rebecca Project was initiated in 2022, training around 300 young girls in various life and vocational skills.
This year, the project targets over 150 girls from surrounding villages and shanty towns in the Central and Greater Accra regions, who are particularly vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, early child marriages, and unsustainable motherhood.
Reverend Vanderpuye lamented the alarming rise in school dropout cases in the Central Region, despite its recognition as an educational hub.
“We need help in the rural areas to educate girls who are really willing to move up, especially those who want to go into law, medicine, and others,” she stated.
She also reassured the public of the project’s continued presence in the coming years.
Dr. Darlene Day, a dedicated collaborator and advocate for the project, described it as a force of development, opportunity, and a pathway to success for young girls.
She urged project participants and beneficiaries to believe in themselves, focus on self-empowerment, and support one another.
“We are here to make sure the next young lady survives more than the system, to come out of it and pull somebody else out,” she said.
As the world continues to evolve, the vision and mission of the Rebecca Project stand as a beacon of hope for a better tomorrow for these resilient adolescent girls in the Central Region.
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