Teenage pregnancy in Vanuatu remains an issue of concern with up to 80 pregnancies for every 1,000 teenage girls in the community. Many educational institutions do not provide support for young mothers to continue their education after delivering their babies. This project is helping to address the root causes of this issue by providing reproductive health education and public awareness campaigns. Existing education programs are introduced at such a late stage in life for young boys and girls and are not effective in promoting and educating young people on their reproductive health rights and responsibilities.
The teenage pregnancy rate in Vanuatu is 6-8% compared with 1.6% in Australia
In 2010, 1 in 3 women in Vanuatu reported having experienced child sexual abuse under the age of 15
When Louise Ginn heard the tragic story of a newborn baby found abandoned in a bush toilet in Vanuatu, she instantly knew she had to do something. “I don’t think any mother should feel they need to abandon their child, but there are women in Vanuatu that feel they have no other option,” says Louise, herself a mother of four. “I would like to give them another option.” So she organised a 1000km tandem bicycle ride with her son to fundraise $100,000 for the Blossom project. The 10-day epic helped provide much-needed funds for the project to continue saving lives.