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Pregnant Women Mentoring Program - Open Day 2015

The 4th Open Day of FASfacts Pregnant Women Mentoring Program was once again the highlight of the year. 

The 4th Open Day of FASfacts Pregnant Women Mentoring Program was once again the highlight of the year. This special event was attended by the new pregnant mothers that participated in the project, as well as the women who acted as mentors to these moms during their pregnancy.

The event was well attended by FASfacts’ donors and other stakeholders. We were honoured to have our Chairman of the Board or Trustees, Dr Lizahn Cloete, as our guest speaker. Dr Cloete is an Occupational Therapist and Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch and a specialist on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Spectrum Disorders.

Dr Cloete highlighted the current teenage pregnancy epidemic and the severe dangers of drinking during pregnancy. She also emphasised the important role that older siblings could play in setting good examples within their families. Whilst there are many factors that influence the prevalence of teenage pregnancies, substance abuse remains one of the primary contributors.

The 2014/5 Pregnant Women Mentoring Program (PWMP) had a total of 120 participants, of which 21 (17.5%) were girls still in their teens. We are proud to share some of the successes:

  • 76 (63%) stopped drinking during their pregnancy
  • 11 (52,4%) of the teenage girls stopped drinking during their pregnancy
  • 13 (61,9%) of the teens were still in school when they entered the program and 6 (46%) of these returned to school after giving birth

FASfacts mentor choir celebrated these successes with ‘We are the world, we are the children’ before each of the moms received a well-deserved goody bag with a warm blanket for their newborns.

The event concluded with a hearty lunch generously sponsored by the Cape Winelands District Municipality.

Our 5th Pregnant Women Mentoring Program commenced in June this year. FASfacts CEO and Founder, Francois Grobbelaar, recently visited the mentors and pregnant ladies during their training in the Roodewal and Avian Park communities. He encouraged the mentors to persist with regular visits to their pregnant moms and to persevere with their selfless service to their communities. He congratulated the pregnant ladies that stopped drinking and encouraged them to remain sober after their pregnancy in order to be responsible and good caregivers to their newborn babies.

Avian Park FASfacts Mentors

Avian Park Pregnant Women

Roodewal Female and Male FASfacts Mentors

Roodewal Pregnant Women

  • "A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” ―Eda J. Le Shan

  • “Drinking during pregnancy is linked with disaster – personal disaster for the ‘bright-eyed ones,’ disaster for their families and their hope for their young, and disaster for . . . society as we struggle to pay the huge price of this destruction.” - Prof. Ann Streissguth, Ph.D.

  • "If you're pregnant, don't drink. If you drink, don't get pregnant" - Eva Carner

  • "Every day is FASD Awareness day" - Teresa Kellerman (