NCU reaches out to Montego Bay Women’s Centre
The residents of the Montego Bay Women’s Centre got encouraging words, gifts, and a different perspective about social workers following last Wednesday’s visit from officials of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Western Jamaica Campus and members of the school’s iServe social work student group.
The NCU delegation, whose visit was held in recognition of Social Work Month, spent the day interacting with several young mothers who had often been looked down on because of the stigma of teenage pregnancy.
One-on-one sessions were held with the women to discuss the pressures of teenage motherhood, and to give assurance that childbirth and motherhood do not have to bar a young woman from achieving her goals.
Care packages were also distributed to aid the young mothers and their babies.
The day’s primary highlight was when one of the visitors, Latoya Curling, gave encouragement to the residents by sharing her own story of teenage motherhood and the struggles she had to overcome after having a child at age 16.
“You have to truly believe that you are more than your situation. Regardless of where you are from, or what you are experiencing now, you can go on to achieve anything you set your mind to,” Curling advised.
Mariah Robinson, counsellor at the centre, lauded the NCU group’s outreach efforts for the young mothers.
“The programme was well received and highly appreciated. The girls are empowered and appreciative of the gifts, and we hope NCU will visit again,” said Robinson.