Fatherhood can make a change
The goal of this campaign is to engage fathers in Nakamtenga, Burkina Faso to become active parents, more equitable partners and agents of a positive change in their community in order to empower women and children.
Our method for this is to start father's groups at midwifes clinics and child care clinics in order to meet and gather expecting and new father's to discus parenthood and how to be a supportive and engage father.
The basic idea is to train men who want to become father's groups facilitators so that day after the training can conduct group meetings with fathers to discuss fatherhood and family life based on questions and circumstances in the current community. We provide training for the facilitators in order to work out themes, subjects, questions and content for father's groups meetings. To achieve sustainability in such a project it is important to work from the norms and problems in the current context and make facilitators comfortable and confident in their work.
Why father's groups
We need to involve fathers in parenthood all over the world to empower women and protect children's rights. In a lot of countries fathers are not involved in caregiving for their child's and are not taking responsibility for all the work in a household. In order to empower women and children and make men equal partners we need to change standards and norms for men.
One way to do this is to meet expecting and new fathers in father’s groups to discuss and educate fathers about their important role as fathers and equal partners. We know from several studies (State of world's fathers, for example) that supportive fathers are beneficial for children, women and for men themselves.
In this project we want to train and educate facilitators father groups in Nakamtenga, Burkina Faso.
I have already been there once and got great results according to a studie conducted by Andrea Hallberg who spent ten weeks in Nakamtenga interviewing participants and there families. You can find her Master thesis (written in english) by clicking here.
Now we need to do a follow up and develop the work in order to make it more sustainble. And the women in the village also want to take part of the training.
In this project, I work together with Yennenga Progress, an organization that have created an ongoing project in Nakamtenga with different activities and jobs for locals in different fields.
They are soon starting a woman's health clinic. And via pregnant women, we can also reach fathers who will participate in the groups.
To make this sustainable we educate facilitators who can train other facilitators later.
What We Need & What You Get
This project needs funding for travel expenses for the trainer, housing, food and travel. We also need some for a comprehensive report describing the work.
We need a total amount of € 15.053 for this work defined as follows:
- Flight tickets (travel Stockholm- Quagadougo, food and lodging in Nakamtenga, Burkina Faso. Cost: € 1044
- Preparation, materials and fee for the trainer. Cost: € 6265
- Food and lodging in Nakamtenga. Cost: € 1044
- Lokal transport. Cost: € 136
- Vaccination € 104
- Preparation for the report, interviews, travel. Cost: € 3174
- Food for participants €1305
- Training facility. Cost: € 418
- Expenses during time for writing and preparing this work: € 3864
A project like this has a long term perspective. And aim's to change destructive norms and standards. Of course we are documenting the project and in the end we will summarize it in a photo's, report and videos. And this is of course something we want to share with our contributors in form of a book and other suitable media.
If possible and there is an interest in it I can contribute with lectures and seminars about the project.
Who I'm I?
I have been working with issues concerning men and equal parenthood since 2004 in different organisations and in my own company. Until today I have meet about 3500 fathers in father's groups in Sweden. During that time I have also conducted trainings in Poland, Lettland, Zambia, etc in purpose to start projects similar to this. Also training for midwives and baby nurses that conduct parent groups is on my work list.
I'm also a freelance writer in Stockholm Sweden.
We need a follow up and evaluation for this projekt
As told before the first training has already taken place. Now we want to ensure continuation and sustainability by evaluating and training facilitators in method to teach other facilitators. On request from participants the last time it's also a need for women in that particular village to participate in a training and take part of the discussion. We believe working with men is the key to empowering women and children and stop domestic violence, but women can also promote support a project like this.
Because meeting father's like this is not a male thing, it's a matter that concerns the family and the society. A tool to make a real change in a community.
Thanks for contributing!