Centro de Promoción por la Dignidad Humana (CEPRODIH) helps at-risk expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy and postpartum, aiding them to define a life project that ensures a stable income for their families, while also offering them health and social support.
(Programme concluded and no longer supported by the Trafigura Foundation)
Unemployment, domestic violence, an unplanned pregnancy and single-parenthood can all conspire to undermine women’s independence and dignity. CEPRODIH’s mission is to offer a lifeline for vulnerable women who find themselves in difficult situations such as these.
We are helping CEPRODIH strengthen its “Por Venir” programme supporting pregnant women in vulnerable situations. The association offers a safe, welcoming environment where women live out their pregnancy, are accompanied post-birth with the support of dedicated staff and are encouraged to attend workshops on topics such as childbirth, lactation, nutrition and baby care.
CEPRODIH also supports women in planning a sustainable and dignified life project which will help improve their own life situation and that of their children. Women lacking education or training to access employment can enrol in CEPRODIH’s training programme covering various vocations such as serigraphy, cooking, cosmetology and entrepreneurship. They also benefit from support to improve their employability through CV-writing workshops.
During the training, women receive a small stipend from CEPRODIH to cover their basic living expenses and transport to and from the training centre. They also benefit from free child care during training, with children being looked after in CEPRODIH’s child care centre, which has been renovated thanks to the Foundation’s funds.
Today, CEPRODIH is a key reference for women’s economic inclusion in Uruguay. Thanks to its outreach to vulnerable women at a decisive point in their lives, it is able to provide a safe space and support network for women and their children to grow, learn and take positive steps towards earning a stable income and leading a dignified life.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CEPRODIH provided crucial support to the most vulnerable families with donations of food and PPE. It also organised the production and sale of face masks that provided an additional income to women participants and moved its courses and training online.