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Kaprie Kanu

Kaprie Kanu - 2017 Nominee
Position: Country Coordinator-Liberia
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
Current Location: Liberia
College Student from Barshell University College
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
I hold a Diploma in Psychosocial Counseling-Child Care and Child Protection, Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship Development (Kerala, India) with emphasis on project writing, management and implementation, social marketing, and Certificate in Ms. Office Application Packages. Certificate in Leadership (YALI/RLC, Accra, Ghana), Certificate in Peacebuilding (Tbilisi, Georgia), and a college student at the Barshell University College, majoring Computer Information System.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Solidarity Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Kanthari International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, Kerala State, India
    Date Awarded:
    December 25, 2010
  • Award:
    Community Service Honoring Certificate
    Awarding Organization:
    Food For All Africa Program, Accra, Ghana
    Date Awarded:
    August 13, 2016
  • Award:
    Certificate of Honor and Recognition
    Awarding Organization:
    Ministry of Health and UNDP Liberia
    Date Awarded:
    June 30, 2016
My nominee has/is helping at-risk adolescents girls and women, and individuals achieve their desired sexual and reproductive well-being, plan their family size within the context of responsible parenthood and improve their reproductive health. – Korpo Paykoo, General Manager at Cachelle International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since 2014 after my appointment as the Country Coordinator (Liberia) for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), I have tirelessly contributed to the reduction of teenage, and unwanted pregnancy by providing FP/SRHR information, education and services to rural dwellers. focusing on helping at-risk adolescents, couples, and individuals achieve their desired sexual and reproductive well-being, plan their family size within the context of responsible parenthood and improve their reproductive health.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Liberia, young girls age group 10–18 and single women are especially vulnerable and live uncertain lives. They have little or no access to comprehensive family planning information, where incidence of unwanted pregnancy and sexual transmitted infections remain a serious challenge. This fragile economic situation sparked my passion for an action to increase young people's knowledge about family planning and sexual and reproductive health; how it can be protected, preserved
and maintained.

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

My leadership qualities has been placing confidence in all that I do, through showing endurance in mental, physical, and spiritual stamina, so as to inspire co-workers to reach for new heights. In my leadership, coaching and mentoring colleagues to achieve the best results they are capable of.

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? :

If selected as a winner, I will commit to assuring advocacy strategies for a visionary approach to family planning and creating networks for youth with an agenda of enhancing full access, full choice around family planning.

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