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Nick Oketch

Nick Oketch
Position: Director
Organization: Paradigm Youth Network Organization - Kenya
Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. from Kenya Technical University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Nairobi Technical College - Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

2. Lala Secondary school. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Certificate.

3. Global Health Certificate John Hopkins, Bloomberg U.S.A

4. Women Deliver, Bill Gates foundation, an Online certificate covering (Health Rights, Advocacy, Submitting Winning Proposal, Communications, Project design and management, Grant seeking and proposal development)

5. United Nations Populations Fund - Online Certificate in Managing Gender-Based Violence Programs in Emergencies
6. Young African Leadership Initiative.
 Certificate in leadership, business, and entrepreneurship
 civic leadership, and public management
 Understanding Climate Change
7. Women Deliver/Johnson and Johson/Norad/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Certificate in (Project Design Management, Grant Seeking and Proposal Development, Completing the Project Proposal, Sexual Health Rights/ Advocacy and Communications, Data Collection and Analysis using ODs and Questionnaires)
Experience Gained.
 Creating a Meaningful Project
 Finding Funds for a Project
 Submission of a winning Proposal
 Knowledge of Young People sexual Health rights
 Raising Voice and bringing change
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Women Deliver Global Young Leader - 2016
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver U.S.A
    Date Awarded:
    November 15, 2015
  • Award:
    YALI Green Champion – Recognition for being a leader in advocating for climate change in Africa
    Awarding Organization:
    Young African Leadership Initiative
    Date Awarded:
    August 14, 2016
  • Award:
    Africa for Her champion! Recognition for leading in championing for women and Girls rights in Africa
    Awarding Organization:
    Young African Leadership Initiative
    Date Awarded:
    March 17, 2016
Nick Oketch, is Women Deliver Young Leader, is an award-winning young social entrepreneur who has influenced over 10,000 marginalized girls in rural Siaya County, western Kenya access FP services, and SRHR information through community dialogues. – Stephanie Pasewaldt, Health Sciences - Public Health Education Boys and Girls Club Youth Development Program Leader at James Madison University U.S.A
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Nick Oketch is a sexual and reproductive rights activist in Kenya. Through his organization Paradigm Youth Network Organization, Nick runs community dialogues and public debates around Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in rural Siaya County and Korokocho slums in Nairobi Kenya. He has trained nearly 10,000 students and young people on SRHR across the country, including underprivileged and marginal communities. Through his Project Sexual Health Awareness Group, he constantly tries to break the taboo and create awareness against Early Forced Marriage and Violence against Women involving young
advocates, Recognizing his contribution, Women Deliver acknowledged him one of 200 global young leaders while offering a three-year long fellowship in the USA.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Losing my girlfriend due to unsafe abortion-related complications in high school at 14 years old was a low moment.She got pregnant and due to stigma and fear of rejection by parents she opted for an abortion and bled to death. This death was due Lack of FP information, inaccessible and adolescence-unfriendly services. She lacked choices, control, and capacity to make informed-decision on when she wanted to be a mother. I pledged to change this situation to allow adolescents-girls to have choice

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

Wrong information is everywhere and very accessible to young people compared to right correct information on family planning. I spearhead a project through my organization that uses mobile phone technology SMS and this has been very effective to reach out to young people with correct information on family planning, adolescents and youth both in rural and urban trust their phones hence they trust information through this media, it's affordable, reliable, private and accessible when they need it.

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 named the winner of 120 under 40, I will continue my fellowship on family planning, including SRHR aspects with Women Deliver in the USA as one of 200 global Young Leaders. I will incorporate the $1000 grant into my project that has already trained nearly thousand young people in Kenya by training additional 300 ambassadors to work as advocates and against violations of SRHR rights including Family Planning and contraceptive use, Early Marriage and Gender Violence.

Upload photos showing yourself in the field/at work. Up to three photos.
Sensitizing young Girls and boys on their Sexual and Health rights Access including contraception., Engaging with Young women and hearing their views on Contraception access., What if young Children are taught on better hygiene? This will help them when they grow up especially young girls who will need to maintain cleanliness during their menses.

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