The Zonta Club of Punta del Este-Maldonado, Uruguay, is working to prevent teenage pregnancy, violence and abuse through workshops in schools in Maldonado and Punta del Este.
The club did not have enough money to extend the program to all of the schools in the two cities, so they teamed up with with the Rotary Club of Maldonado and applied to the Rotary Foundation for funds.
The Rotary Foundation gave the club US$35,000 to operate the project for two years. Young leaders will be trained in the prevention of teenage pregnancy, violence and abuse through 435 workshops, which will benefit 3,587 adolescents and their teachers.
In June, the Zonta and Rotary clubs held a press conference to introduce the project to the people of the community. Local government authorities, including the mayor of the state, were present and backed up the project.
The whole local oral and written press and TV channels covered the conference. This publicity gave visibility to the clubs and allowed them to advocate to change the attitudes of the people of the community related to these problems.