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Christian  RodriguezBy Christian Rodriguez
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Christian  RodriguezBy Christian Rodriguez
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About

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Welcome to TEEN MOM Project Kickstarter campaign!  

Bienvenido a la campaña de Kickstarter de TEEN MOM

Photo by Christian Rodriguez from the project TEEN MOM
Photo by Christian Rodriguez from the project TEEN MOM

TEEN MOM is a project about teenage pregnancy in Latin America 

TEEN MOM es un proyecto sobre embarazo adolescente en América Latina

The money from the campaign will be used to make two final trips to Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, to edit all multimedia content and create the educational platform TEEN-MOM.ORG, that was realized with the work and efforts of a group of professionals, including a psychologist, social worker, journalist, computer graphic designer, illustrator, web designer, musician, colorist, video editor, assistant, and translator, in addition to the team that supports me in the field. It is necessary to emphasize that I do not receive any kind of fees as project manager.

El dinero de la campaña será utilizado para realizar los últimos dos viajes, editar todo el contenido multimedia y crear la plataforma educativa TEEN-MOM.ORG que cuenta con el trabajo de un grupo de profesionales incluyendo: un psicólogo, asistente social, periodista, infografista, ilustradora, diseñador web, músico, colorista, editor de video, asistente, traductora, más el equipo que me apoya en el terreno. Cabe destacar que yo no recibo ningún tipo de honorarios como director del proyecto.

Micaela (15 years old) and her newborn, Franco, in Uruguay. / Micaela y su hijo recién nacido Franco en Montevideo, Uruguay.
Micaela (15 years old) and her newborn, Franco, in Uruguay. / Micaela y su hijo recién nacido Franco en Montevideo, Uruguay.

I strongly believe this to be an important social issue that must be addressed to a greater visibility. According to the Population Fund of the United Nations, Latin America is the only region in the world where teenage pregnancy is still increasing. One third of all pregnancies in Latin America belong to girls under 18 years old, and recent projections suggest that the adolescent fertility rate in Latin America will become the highest in the world and remain stable at this rate by 2020-2100. Teenage pregnancy is a result of issues related to an enforced subjugated identity and a comprehensive lack of self-esteem. Adolescent girls associate pregnancy with becoming a woman and having a role that is respected and deemed socially important. There is much work and education needed to empower teenagers in Latin America to break these cycles of poverty, violence and embedded family patterns.

Creo firmemente que este es un gran problema social que necesita una mayor visibilidad. Según el Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas, América Latina es la única región donde el embarazo adolescente sigue creciendo. En este continente, un tercio de los embarazos se da en niñas menores de 18 años y proyecciones recientes afirman que la fertilidad adolescente en América Latina se convertirá en la más alta del mundo, manteniéndose así en el período 2020 -2100. El embarazo en la adolescencia es resultado de cuestiones vinculadas, entre otras cosas a una identidad subyugada y problemas de autoestima. Las niñas lo asocian con convertirse en mujeres, crecer y tener un papel social más respetado. Se necesita mucho trabajo y educación para capacitar a los adolescentes para que puedan romper con los ciclos de pobreza, violencia y patrones familiares.

View of "Complexo do alemão", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. / Vista del complexo de Alemão, Río de Janeiro, Brasil.
View of "Complexo do alemão", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. / Vista del complexo de Alemão, Río de Janeiro, Brasil.

So far, I have documented the everyday lives of teen mothers in Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Argentina. I have found many individual stories that necessitate greater visibility in order to reduce these high rates of adolescent pregnancy. These are some of the girls I have met and their stories:

Hasta ahora, he documentado la vida diaria de madres adolescentes en Uruguay, Brasil, México, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua y Argentina, y me he encontrando con una cantidad de historias que necesitan mayor visibilidad para reducir estos valores. Estas son algunas de las historias y niñas que conocí:

Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother a the age of 15 years old. / Taiana fue Madre adolescente a los 15 años.
Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother a the age of 15 years old. / Taiana fue Madre adolescente a los 15 años.

 

URUGUAY 

Uruguay, my home country, was the first chapter of this project. I decided to focus specifically on the moment of labor. Many of the girls with whom I worked were not aware of what it would mean to be a mother. In labor, everything begins, their lives change forever. This is the moment that unleashes their new life. 

Uruguay, mi país de origen fue el primero donde trabajé. En este caso me focalicé en el momento del parto. Muchas de las niñas con las que trabajé no eran conscientes de lo que significa convertirse en madre. Durante el parto, todo comienza, sus vidas cambian para siempre. Es el momento que desencadena su nueva vida.

MEXICO 

Gloria (13), belongs to the Mixe Community of Maluco, a small village in the north of Oaxaca. She became a mother at the age of 12, a consequence of constant sexual abuse from her father, who also attacked two of her sisters, ages 8 and 16. No 14 year-old girl has the maturity to engage in sexual intercourse, and this should be penalized by law.

Gloria (13), pertenece a la comunidad Mixe de Maluco, un pequeño pueblo del estado de Oaxaca. Ella se convirtió en madre a los 12 años, como consecuencia del constante abuso de su padre, que también atacó a dos de sus hermanas, de 8 y 16 años. Ninguna niña de 12 años tiene la madurez suficiente como para llevar adelante una relación sexual, y esto debe ser penado por la ley.

 

Portrait of Yerli ( 16 years old with her two year old baby) . She wants to be a model. / Retrato de Yerli de 16 años de edad. Quito, Ecuador.
Portrait of Yerli ( 16 years old with her two year old baby) . She wants to be a model. / Retrato de Yerli de 16 años de edad. Quito, Ecuador.

NICARAGUA 

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America. The lack of opportunities accentuates and deepens the issues around teenage pregnancy, as it is closely associated with lower socioeconomic levels. Some studies suggest that if we were to concentrate on the education of just one generation, this downward spiral could be broken. 

Nicaragua es el segundo país más pobre de América Latina. La falta de un proyecto de vida real acentúa la problemática del embarazo adolescente que está asociada a niveles socioeconómicos bajos. Algunos estudios sugieren que si nos focalizáramos en la educación de una sola generación, este espiral descendente se rompería.

Illustrations inspired on photos from TEEM MOM Project
Illustrations inspired on photos from TEEM MOM Project

 

Rewards: Set of 5 postcards with illustrations inspired on photos from TEEM MOM Project
Rewards: Set of 5 postcards with illustrations inspired on photos from TEEM MOM Project

 VENEZUELA 

Venezuela is one of the countries with the highest rate of teen pregnancy, principally due to lack of access to health and contraception. As a consequence of the current crisis in the country, there has been a significant increase in mothers under the age of 18. 

Venezuela es uno de los países con mayor tasa de embarazo adolescente debido a la falta de acceso a la salud y la anticoncepción. Como consecuencia de la crisis del país, ha habido un crecimiento significativo en las madres menores de 18 años.

BRAZIL 

In Brazil I worked with the NGO IBBIS that seeks to reduce teen pregnancy in the favelas with a program called "Meninas Maes" (“Girl Mothers”). I also worked with a young mother, Taiana, who was living in a favela. With the support of different organizations, she could finish her studies and leave the favela. As in most cases, she was also a single mother.

En Brasil trabajé con la ONG IBBIS que busca reducir el embarazo adolescente en las favelas con un programa llamado "Meninas Maes". También trabajé con una joven madre, Taiana, que vivía en una favela. Con el apoyo de diferentes organizaciones pudo terminar sus estudios y salir de la favela. Como en la mayoría de los casos, también era madre soltera.

Rewards: Prints from Christian's Instagram Feed
Rewards: Prints from Christian's Instagram Feed

ARGENTINA

In Argentina I taught a workshop for teenage mothers, in which these girls documented their daily lives. The main objective was to give these teenagers a voice so they could narrate their own lives in first person.

En Argentina trabajé dando un taller de fotografía a madres adolescentes en el que las chicas documentaban su vida cotidiana. El objetivo principal fue darle voz a las adolescentes y que ellas pudieran narrar sus propias vidas en primera persona.

COLOMBIA

The average age for sexual activity in Colombia starts at 14 years old. I worked documenting the program “Bebé, piénsalo bien” which was held in the municipality of Meta, and has helped reduce teenage pregnancy by 35%. 

El inicio promedio de la vida sexual en Colombia es de 14 años. Aquí trabajé documentando el programa "Bebé, piénsalo bien" que se lleva a cabo en el municipio de Meta, y que ha ayudado a reducir el embarazo adolescente en un 35%.

ECUADOR 

In Quito, girls were asked to draw what they wanted to be when they grow up. Empowering adolescent girls gives them better opportunities in their education and training programs, which are fundamental for them to advance and succeed. I worked on Daniela's story, a girl who continued her studies and the quest of her dream to someday become a veterinarian.

En Quito, le pedí a las niñas que dibujaran lo que querían ser cuando crezcan. El empoderamiento de las niñas dándoles mejores oportunidades de avanzar en sus etapas educativas y de capacitación son primordiales. Por eso trabajé en la historia de Daniela, una chica que continuó sus estudios y la búsqueda de su sueño: convertirse algún día en veterinaria.

Rewards: Box of five fine art prints - Projects available: Xiec, Realismo Mágico, Motobaik & Lang Toi.
Rewards: Box of five fine art prints - Projects available: Xiec, Realismo Mágico, Motobaik & Lang Toi.

 

Rewards: Box of five fine art prints from Lang Toi project.
Rewards: Box of five fine art prints from Lang Toi project.

 Thanks to your help I will be able to: 

- Travel to Bolivia. Bolivia is the country with the highest adolescent pregnancy rate in Latin America and has the highest infant mortality rate after Haiti. 

 - Travel to the Dominican Republic. This country has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the Caribbean. Here I want to explore the relationship between the adolescent boys and girls who became parents. 

 - We will edit all the videos of each country, working together with a team of musicians - to create original material-, editors and colorists.

- Create a website that will feature stories, research and educational tools regarding teenage pregnancy. It will include photographs and short documentary videos from the girls and young women I have met. I will work with a professional team to create the website and produce current information and educational tools. In this way, schools throughout Latin America and the rest of the world will be able to have free access to the content. For example, schools from Mexico will be able to know real stories of teenagers in Ecuador, and vice versa. The site will have a section dedicated to helping teen moms, who are the main characters in these stories. If the goal is exceeded, the extra money will be used to give talks about teenage pregnancy in schools throughout Latin America. 
 
 

Gracias a su ayuda podré: 

- Viajar a Bolivia: Bolivia es el país con la mayor tasa de embarazos adolescentes en América Latina y tiene la tasa de mortalidad infantil más alta después de Haití. 

- Viajar a República Dominicana. Este país tiene la tasa de embarazo adolescente más alta en el Caribe. Aquí quiero explorar la relación entre los niños y niñas adolescentes que se convirtieron en padres. 

- Editaremos todos los videos de cada país, trabajando juntos con un equipo de músicos, editores y coloristas, generando material único. 

- Junto con un equipo de trabajo crearemos el sitio web TEENMOM.ORG que contará con historias, investigación y herramientas educativas sobre embarazo adolescente. Incluirá fotografías y piezas multimedia sobre las niñas y jóvenes que conocí. Produciremos información actual y herramientas educativas. De esta manera, las escuelas de toda América Latina y el resto del mundo podrán tener libre acceso al contenido. Por ejemplo, las escuelas de México podrán conocer historias reales de adolescentes en Ecuador, y viceversa. La web tendrá una sección dedicada a apoyar a las madres adolescentes, los personajes principales de estas historias. Si se excede el objetivo, el dinero extra será usado para dar charlas sobre el embarazo adolescente en las escuelas latinoamericanas.


Rewards: T-shirts with designs from TEEN MOM project
Rewards: T-shirts with designs from TEEN MOM project

 

Rewards: T-shirts - Five designs available
Rewards: T-shirts - Five designs available

TIMELINE

- July – August: Travel to Bolivia and the Dominican Republic to document the lives of young mothers. 

- July - August: My team and I will begin to create the website. I am working with an illustrator, an infographist, and a web designer who are already sending me sketches. It must be kept confidential at this moment, but it will look incredible!

- August: By the end of August, the Teen Mom website will be released. 

- End of September: All rewards will be sent. 

TIEMPOS

- Julio – Agosto: Viaje a Bolivia y República Dominicana.

- Julio – Agosto: Junto con mi equipo crearemos la web. Actualmente estoy trabajando con una ilustradora, un infografista y un diseñador web, quienes ya están avanzando en los bocetos. 

- Finales de Agosto: TEENMOM.ORG será lazanda.

- Finales de Septiembre: Se enviarán todas las recompensas.

Rewards: pins with TEEN MOM logo, two designs available
Rewards: pins with TEEN MOM logo, two designs available

 

THANK YOU!!!

GRACIAS!!!

Risks and challenges

I have done (and I continue to do) as much as possible to achieve this goal. I have gone to all of these countries with little financial support, bringing with me only my camera. During this year, I was able to develop the project thanks to the Getty Instagram Grant, but there is still much more work to do.

The biggest challenge for me at this time is to provide schools in Latin America this information about teenage pregnancy so they can transmit it to their students. They will be exposed to the stories of real teen moms who relate their experiences in their own words. I also aim to enlarge the consciousness around this issue and to inspire action that empowers young girls and boys throughout Latin America.

I am very encouraged by this project and am completely sure that it can help create a change. Please feel free to email me if you have any concerns.

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He hecho (y lo hago) tanto como sea posible para lograr este objetivo. He ido a todos estos países,sólo mi cámara y yo, con casi ningún apoyo financiero. Durante este año pude desarrollar el proyecto gracias a la Beca Getty Instagram, pero todavía hay mucho más trabajo por hacer.

Mi mayor reto es brindarle a las escuelas latinoamericanas información sobre el embarazo adolescente para transmitir a sus estudiantes, conocer las historias de madres adolescentes reales que han pasado por esta experiencia, en sus propias palabras. También intento crear conciencia sobre este tema e inspirar la acción para empoderar a niñas y niños de todo el continente.

Soy muy positivo sobre este proyecto y estoy completamente seguro de que puede ayudar a crear un cambio. Por favor no dudes en contactarme si tienes alguna duda.

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    One 8,5x11’’ inch print

    One 8,5x11’’ inch print A4 , signed and stamped, selected from Christian Rodriguez’ Instagram account @christian_photo

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    A box with five 8,5x11’’ inch prints.

    A box with five 8,5x11’’ inch prints, signed and stamped. You can choose between Xiec Project, Realismo Mágico Project, Lang Toi Project or Motobaik Project.

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    Two 11x16’’ inch prints

    Two 11x16’’ inch prints, signed and stamped, selected from Christian Rodriguez’ Instagram account @christian_photo.

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