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Evans Odenyo

Evans Odenyo - 2017 Nominee
Position: MYSA Sports for Development Coordinator
Organization: Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA)
Current Location: Kenya
Evans hails from Githurai Slum and has been a volunteer with MYSA for 8 years during which he has championed and advocated for reproductive health and family planning. He is a good coordinator and a positive influencer especially to his peers. – Susan Otieno, Communications and Marketing Manager at Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a young person living in Mathare slums in Nairobi i have seen how lack of family planning services can lead to poverty,poor education standards .Through this i have engaged my fellow youths and community of importance of planing our future through improving our reproductive health.I have done this by engaging in community dialogue,integrated outreaches,football for reproductive health trainings and drills.This has brought with it a very significant change in my community,a lot of young people in Mathare are now aware of their reproductive health rights and contraceptive information,most of them now are using this methods to ensure they achieve their goals in life.through this i have also been able to represent my country in international conference for family planning at youth plenary

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I have seen young people more so girls dreams being unrealized,a lot of potential young leaders are being stagnated due to lack of information and reproductive health services.This has eventually led to a lot of social challenges and discrimination in the society.many young girls drop out of school due to early pregnancy,forced marriages and sexual violence.This are very sad reality but through efforts and engagment by the public health sector and health organization there can be great change.

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

I have been able to develop and integrate football a game that is played and loved by many with sexual reproductive health.This has made me reach out to many young people who couldn't reach this services in public health centers.
I have also been engaging the community on importance of using contraceptives and fighting the old African tradition and myths that are harmful and misleading .

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? :

I will conduct a community outreach and create more awareness on importance of family planning among our young people for better development and livelihood in future.I will also organise more football integrated tournaments to educate and sensitive young people on effective use of contraceptives and the importance it has to our future.

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