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HYY's development cooperation activities in Zambia to continue

11.02.2014

HYY has received further funding for its development cooperation project in Zambia for the period 2014–2016 from the development cooperation budget of the NGOs of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The new Zambia project focuses on improving girls' and women's reproductive health and quality of life in Eastern Zambia. The main objectives are to prevent teenage pregnancies and early marriages, as well as to support pregnant young girls. The project is an extension to HYY's project during the period 2011–2013, and the local women's organisation Eastern Province Women’s Development Association, EPWDA, will continue as a project partner in Zambia.

Teenage pregnancies and early marriages are common in the project area in Eastern Zambia. The project aims at preventing teenage pregnancies and early marriages with the help of inclusive sexual education drama aimed at young people at school. In Zambia, it is very common that girls leave the school after becoming pregnant. With the help of discussion groups aimed at school drop-outs, the project aims at getting young people back to school. Parents and the leaders in rural villages are educated about the illegality and harmful effects of early marriages, as well as the importance of girls' education. The project aims at reducing the number of school drop-outs and supporting the policy programme of the Zambian government at the same time, which allows young mothers to return to school.

The project also supports young mothers and pregnant women in rural areas. The project complements the actions of the Zambian government through the establishment of Safe Motherhood Action groups in places where they do not yet exist. The groups help to motivate young mothers to continue their schooling and pregnant women are informed about their rights and the importance of health services.

85 % of the project funding is received from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the deductible amount of 15 % is covered with voluntary work, donations of the students of the University of Helsinki and the support of HYY Restaurants. Donations for the Zambia project are collected through voluntary development cooperation payments in connection with the registration for the academic year and on Zambia days organised at Unicafes twice a year.

Further information:
Ilona Kalliola
Development cooperation coordinator
Student Union of the University of Helsinki
+358 50 543 8450
ilona.kalliola (a) hyy.fi