Improving Health Care for Women Through Education
This project includes educational meetings for women on various topics related to healthy living, nutrition, medication use, physical exercise, etc. Organized by JMP–L pharmacist and health consultant Mrs. Nanor Tashjian, the project aims at:
- Enriching the women’s knowledge of health, thus helping them to prevent diseases and their
- Capacity-building and empowerment.
- Creating a ripple effect of their acquired knowledge in their immediate and extended families and subsequently in the community at large.
Each year, around 25 women attend the educational sessions. In 2014 and 2015, the general theme of the sessions was “Prevention Saves Lives,” while in 2016 the theme “Transforming Lives” was selected.
This program, which started in 2005 and has been going on until now, is addressed to teenage daughters of JMP–L beneficiaries who have various socio-economic problems and receive allowances from our Social Services Department. The girls are empowered to improve their social, educational and spiritual state. Most of these girls, who are out of school and not working, are guided and financially assisted to attend vocational schools with the objective of providing them with the skills needed for better employment opportunities.
Through regular group work, the girls are empowered to have healthy lifestyles. Emphasis is placed on family relations, sex education, team building, and increase of self-confidence and sense of belonging.
Spiritual uplift is also an essential part of the program. Character building based on biblical truths is fostered through presentations, reading, discussions and other activities.
On average, every year 13 girls participate in this program.