The main challenge is to bring girls to school - to teach them how to be good midwives. Some families are more conservative than others; they refrain from sending their daughters to school. Hence, mobilising the community and spreading awareness is important for us.
Even when they do attend the school, teaching midwifery to young girls is not easy! Many of our students are illiterate and struggle with hygiene.
This project has been a blessing. New health facilities have been built, and others were renovated. We now benefit from medicines, training, workshops, transportation and higher hygiene. Students feel inspired and motivated, and even their living conditions are now much better. The school now receives an average of 100 students per year. Even the most reluctant families are now sending their daughters to school. Our work requires much commitment, and students need to be understanding and compassionate n their work.
Already we see results: mortality rates among women are decreasing and also the survival rate of new-borns are higher. This school and this project are just two small gears in the bigger Reproductive Health System, but they keep the health wheel going, and I feel the best is yet to come.