I implemented the ASK project which was focusing on increasing access to family planning services and knowledge among youth in Kenya. I was actively involved as a field trainer and advocate as well as making referrals for services.
I am an SRH trainer in a youth center, my day to day work involves organizing sensitization activities and conducting values clarification sessions on family planning and other reproductive health issues. My main target are students in institutions of higher learning. I have so far reached out to 6020 and more on social media
I have developed several family planning IEC materials
I led the 'I decide' campaign, a petition to UN to prioritize on family planning services, I collected the most signatures and made the campaign successful.
I saw and heard of many cases of unsafe abortions, teenage pregnancies while growing up. I then began noticing social stigma and contraceptives myths and misconceptions in my home town, The experiences sparked my passion to be an advocate for family planning. I now volunteer in my local area as a trainer where I link young people to youth friendly reproductive health services. My inspiration and aspiration is to contribute towards the reduction of SRH challenges among young people.
The biggest challenge was creating access to affordable, confidential and quality family planning services for young people in learning institutions. Their obstacle was fear of being discriminated and stigmatization by service providers.
I overcame the challenge by creating awareness on free youth friendly family planning services which was being offered in health facilities supported by civil society organisation, eg Familycare Medical center supported by IPPF Africa, Social media was key.
My region's biggest challenge to family planning is cultural beliefs and misconceptions associated with modern family planning methods.
This challenge can be addressed by conducting values clarifications and attitude transformation sessions among community opinion leaders who are culture custodians. It should be followed by documenting and sharing on the benefits of family planning for effective demand creation.
I want to go back to school and finish my studies in Community Development studies. This will add value in my acquired skills of working with young people on Sexual and reproductive health.
I want to make sure I contribute in creating access to quality and youth friendly family planning services to more than 120,000 young women with unmet needs around Uasin Gishu County annually, 70% of the 120,000 are college students between 16-24 years.