Wise Choices for Life has a unique approach to training communities. We work at a grassroots level, maximising opportunities to support localisation and independence for our Partners. Our specialisation: reproductive health and life skills training and facilitating participants’ exploration as to how this can equip and empower them to ultimately break their poverty cycle. Through a philosophy of ‘passing on your newly-found knowledge’, participants disseminate the information, quickly multiplying the reach.
1. WE TRANSFORM WHOLE COMMUNITIES BECAUSE WE:
- Recognise and respect the importance of faith, culture and the traditional leaders as being the key drivers of change.
- Train women and men in reproductive health and life skills; how to develop safe relationships, apply critical thinking and wise decision making, respect and care for women (from dating, during pregnancy and birthing), become responsible caring parents and plan ahead for a family where every child can be nurtured and supported.
- Pass on health information to those from non-medical backgrounds.
- Produce professional training kits usually reserved for medical schools.
- Use training methods that can be further utilised in a variety of learning settings.
- Work with the local government of the country we work in to serve them in their mission to reduce poverty.
2. WE ARE STRONG ON CAPACITY BUILDING
One of our key aims is to build the capacity of our Partners.
There are many community development organisations doing amazing work. But we have found there is a significant lack of people who are confident to talk with understanding about sex, conception, pregnancy and issues of reproductive health.
We provide a tool for these organisations, so that their staff are trained to talk about the core issues of sexuality. Professional development is provided for teams, so staff also grow in their own ability and learn the skills of being a facilitator and trainer.
Teenage pregnancy is an issue that impacts many levels of society, and when it discussed, addressed and reduced, then all other community development work will benefit:
- There will be less need for orphanages
- Educating girls will be easier as they can be kept in school
- School class sizes can become more manageable
- There can be a reduction in crime, and less young girls on the street
- There will be fewer single mothers for the community to care for