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Josaphat Tjiho

Josaphat Tjiho - 2017 Nominee
Position: Arts practitioner and currently study aviation,.
Organization: Country Coordinator of IYAFP Namibia
Current Location: Namibia, Africa
Diploma in Performing Arts from College of the Arts
He co-founded an arts education for development organization called ChiNamibia which stands for children of Namibia to educate children and youths on issues of health and how they can raise more awareness and advocate on those issues using performing – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Having been elected as the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) Namibia has been the greatest achievement so far. In less than a year as the country coordinator, i have managed to engage and meet up with relevant stakeholders on issues of family planning such as our Ministry of Health and Social Services, UNFPA, Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) where i introduced the alliance to them and discussed possible ways we can engage and work together on.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My believe for gender equality, human rights and freedom of expression are the reason that sparked me to have more passion for family planning as i believe family planning plays a bigger role both to people and the country development at large.

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

Having organized the first IYAFP meeting in Namibia was one platform where my leadership skills really showed off. I managed to invite youths and relevant stakeholders together to introduce the alliance and also to find a working group that we can work together and that platform really provided my expectations.

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 use this platform to engage with more like-minded youths and well as use the money to raise more awareness about the issues of family planning in Namibia especially to the youths at large via campaigns and meetings.

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