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Dutch cycling challenge to prevent teen pregnancy

"Cycle for Plan - Zero pregnancy before the age of 20" is a 500 km cycling challenge that sponsored cyclists from Plan International Nederland are participating in, visiting several departments of the country to address the problem of adolescents pregnancy.

"Cycle for Plan - Zero pregnancy before the age of 20" is a 500 km cycling challenge that sponsored cyclists from Plan International Nederland are participating in, visiting several departments of the country to address the problem of adolescents pregnancy.

From November 8 until December 3, cyclists will be touring Nicaragua, divided into two groups consisting of roughly 50 people in total.

On this bike ride, Plan International is also organizing exchanges with children, adolescents, leaders and teachers from Chinandega and Somoto, who will share the problems they face restoring their sexual rights and will also accompany the cyclists on some of their trips to communities.

The young people who participate in this initiative are also undertaking ventures to obtain economic opportunities to build their life plans, and thereby reducing their chances of having an unplanned pregnancy.

"We came to Nicaragua because we want to support children all over the world. We had this opportunity to come to Nicaragua, and it seemed really important to us, because Latin America is often paid very little attention in the Netherlands, so it seemed like an interesting destination and idea to support Nicaraguan children," said Lissette Hejima, sponsored cyclist.