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Beryl Moraa

Beryl Moraa - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth Advocate and Volunteer
Organization: Ipas Africa Alliance
Current Location: Africa, Kenya
Bachelors Degree from Maseno University, Kenya
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Peer Counseling - Maseno University
Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodities Advocacy- Access to Medicines Platforms and MeTA Kenya
Youth in Action Advocacy- Advocacy Accelerator and Amref Health Africa
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Zuri Awards 2019
    Awarding Organization:
    Go Gaga Experiental
    Date Awarded:
    March 7, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Moraa has shown deep dedication to investing in other young women and their capacity to defend their reproductive rights. She founded She Deserves to Soar after she wanted to spread the skills she learned as an Ipas SRH Champion to other young women – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My involvement with family planning started with educating adolescent girls and young women as SRHR Champion in Maseno University during the implementation of the Choice for Change project, by Ipas Africa Alliance, whose aim was to provide information on contraceptive uptake to reduce their risks for unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion through information sharing outreach activities. As a result, we reached over 5000 youth and engaged decision makers in more than 5 communities; made 1000 successful referrals for family planning services to the partner health facilities. I have mentored over 1500 adolescent girls in the Equity Group Foundation's Wings to Fly program and 300 young women in Akili Dada Organization,owing to my passion for girl-child education and reproductive health.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My mother conceived me at the age of 17 years and dropped out of school. This was the same with her three younger sisters, with only one completing her secondary school education but as a student mum by the age of 16 years.
When I got empowered and trained by Ipas on SRHR during my fresher-man year under the Choice for Change Project, I vowed to take it upon myself to participate in reducing unintended pregnancies by mentoring & educating girls and women to enable them make informed decisions

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

I have been engaging in advocacy work targeting community stakeholders i.e.religious, community and political leaders using an inter-generational dialogue approach to support access to comprehensive SRHR including family planning and safe abortion services and also pushed for establishment of effective youth friendly centers in the rural areas.As a founder and lead for She Deserves to Soar,I have championed for and led trainings for youth led organizations to enable them provide SRHR information

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? :

Do a baseline survey and collect data on the number of girls that are in dire need of SRHR with a focus on family planning counseling services which will then help inform my advocacy strategy and interventions and thus will help my community decrease the rising numbers of teenage/unintended pregnancies.Establish health clubs in secondary schools and expand on the peer education program I already initiated through our organization & facilitate the girl in our scholarship program to college.

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