The situation of teenage mothers abandoned to raise their children on the streets is a widespread problem in Congolese communities. When the girls become pregnant, families cannot afford to feed another mouth, so both mother and child are often forced to fend for themselves in order to survive. Together with Samaritan Strategy Congo and their network of local churches, the Nsele Teenage Moms training program helps 20 teenage moms per year develop skills as a seamstress. Local churches disciple the young moms and their families with the hope that the girls can move back home. Since the teenage moms do not have the means to pay for the program, they contribute by working four hours per week. Childcare is provided for their children while they are in training.
Upon successfully completing the program, the teenage moms are given their own manual sewing machine and some material and thread to help them launch their own business.
$40 per month, or $480 for the year which includes the cost for the sewing machine provides one teenage mom and children with hope for a better, self-sustaining future.