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Samuel Gathondu

Samuel Gathondu - 2016 Nominee
Position: Y2Y Officer
Organization: DSW
He has been working with young people since 2011 where he has been creating demand for SRH services through training, peer education,outreaches using sports as a tool for mobilization,social media etc – Maureen Kimotho, Project Officer at DSW
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

• I have been working with more than 150 youth clubs/groups in Kenya under the Youth-to-Youth network for Sexual and Reproductive health strengthening, including FP
• Formation and running of youth empowerment centers which offer youth friendly information and services
• Training young people aged 14-24yrs on SRHR (Family planning, STIs, HIV/AIDS, Life skills), Entrepreneurship and Club management since 2011
• Coordinating peer education and outreaches among young people and community using skits and sports by young people as way of mobilizing people.
• Engaging young people via social media like Facebook – Y2Y Kenya

What sparked your passion for family planning?

• Early pregnancies and abortion among young people in my locality (Githurai, Korogocho in Nairobi) and the realization that young people lack information and knowledge on life skills and how to avoid unplanned pregnancies
• Passion of working with youth as agents of change to reach out to fellow youth, specifically in the area of reproductive health
• Proliferation of myths and misconceptions surrounding FP, especially among the youth

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

• Lobbying for/establishing youth friendly corners for young people to share/discuss SRHR information. Through working with organisations like DSW where I work and others, we have established a number of youth friendly corners. The county governments have also established a few at health facilities

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

• Lack of Youth friendly centers that can provide youth friendly services i.e SRHR information, SRH services – Family planning, STIs screening, Breast and Cancer screening, HTC services. This is largely due to the taboo and stigma around issues around reproductive health, particularly young people

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

• Continue enabling young people to become agents of change through their own self led youth clubs
• Continue with community outreaches using skits, trucks, sports in order to create awareness among the community and young people.
• Provide access to reliable SRH information through trained peer educators, and SRH services to young people

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