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Denis Moi Kiprotich

Denis Moi Kiprotich - 2017 Nominee
Position: Teacher/Social Worker
Organization: Youth Empowerment Solutions Uganda
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Bachelors Degree from Kyambogo/BSc. Education
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    USADF Business Plan Competition Winner
    Awarding Organization:
    USADF/CITI Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    March 2, 2017
Denis is the founder of YES Uganda where he runs the No-Dropout-4-Marriage campaign in an IDP Camp in Eastern Uganda. He does advocacy, distributes contraceptives and sanitary towels to youth in the camp. He is also teaches maths in a camp school – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am the founder of Youth Empowerment Solutions Uganda, a youth-led organization advocating for responsible parenthood and promoting the anti-FGM struggle through music, drama and art as tools for economic sustainability in Sebei Region, Eastern Uganda.
We provide SRH information for IDP Camp youth and students of Kapkwata Secondary School aged 14-21. We facilitate free access to condoms and contraceptives at drinking joint booths in the camp. We train the school girls and camp women how to make reusable sanitary towels. Up to 600 youth have gone through our empowerment sessions. Through the 2016 USADF grant, we are transforming the economic and social livelihoods of disabled persons in Kapchorwa to protect them from rape and sexual violence.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

At 13, my friend was raped at the IDP camp on her way from school. Here, many minors are victims of sex-trade, forced marriages and early motherhood.
Teaching at Kapkwata Secondary School, I observe a monthly-absenteeism pattern among the girls;- "No accessibility and affordability of sanitary towels" is the cause. It stymies their academic achievement and promotes early marriage. This fuels my desire to help youth access family planning services to enable them take control over their lives

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I am committed to striking partnerships to advance family planning in Sebei. I lead a team of district officials and reproductive experts from two CSOs who boost the sanitary towels and menstrual hygiene campaign in Kapchorwa and Kween.

In 2015 and 2016 I organized the annual Sebei Talents Awards with a goal to end Cultural barriers, beliefs and myths like FGM and deliver family planning information in local humor and language to the people of Sebei. The 3rd edition comes in December 2017

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

This award will make me a key player in family planning. It will enhance my capacity to strike partnerships with government bodies and CSOs.
To popularize the need for provision of youth friendly services in rural Uganda, I will run advocacy and informative campaigns on bi-monthly radio shows and 3 newspaper articles in 3 months. This will join me to the world of innovators challenging the status quo and promoting policy reforms for accessibility of Family Planning to young and disabled people.

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Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Explaining to pupils of the Nyabwina Primary school about their roles in menstrual management, Home celebration party for Heal the future group, winners of the STAwards category for SRHR advocacy skit competition, As a means to curb high rates of school dropouts, I organized an informative talk on SRHR at Kapkwata S.S

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