Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support Ltd
Our vision is an inclusive society where every pregnant teenager needing support will not feel estranged or marginalised. Proactively reaching out to anyone aged 21 and below needing support with their unplanned pregnancy, Babes believes that the girls we help should be aware of the options they have and strives to ensure that they have the opportunity to make an informed decision with regards to their pregnancy. Using a “mother-centric” approach, we work towards garnering support from the girl’s family, friends and wider community as this will help her to realise her decision responsibly and for her to experience a sense of normalcy in this difficult period.
We get this done through Youth Engagement & Outreach, Case Management and Community Integration.
Our services provided include:
1. 24 Hour Helpline (81113535)
2. Casework and Counselling
3. Financial Assistance – Short term emergency financial assistance for pregnant teenagers.
4. Post-Natal Confinement Nanny Assistance
5. Befriender Service
6. Employment Assistance
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2019 programme
Since we are only partially funded by the Government, we are always in need of additional funds to maintain the workforce (a small team of 9 people), do our outreach and smoothly run the services we provide. We are doing a research right now to see the ecosystem in which we are working in to learn about the varying needs (as opposed to 10 years ago) of the teenage pregnancy population – from the preliminary findings of the research, we were pretty astonished to know how much the landscape has changed and the kind of support teenage mothers today need when compared to those 10 years ago. We are waiting on the final round of results (that follows a survey that will be done on a sample population of 1000 members of the general public) in February 2019 and are expecting to see substantial changes in our programmes. These changes (plus the existing programmes we have like the Happy Stork programme where we purchase and distribute milk and diapers to girls who need that additional help apart from the counselling and interim assistance we provide) need a strong financial back-up. We were able to raise close to K from 3 teams in 2018 and hope to do the same in 2019 too. Due to the nature of our cause, a lot of times, support (in the local context) sometimes doesn’t come as much as we would like to receive it. So projects like the YFC with Citibank are avenues we put a lot of our efforts and hopes on.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
My first YFC experience was in 2018. All teams in 2018 were invited over to not only our premises but to our major events before and after the project timeline. Some of them even helped us out with the day-to-day assistance we need sometimes like sorting in-kind donations. WhatsApp groups with all teams, meeting them whenever and wherever they are comfortable with to talk to them for hours sometimes about what we do and how we can approach the public etc, was and will be a part of the project collaboration. Ultimately, we want the students to complete the project with a holistic knowledge about Babes and what we do and also about how projects are run in the social service sector for them to be able to go on and do more for the society as young adults in their own capacity.