Collins Kibet

Collins Kibet - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Manager
Organization: Socially Organized Educative Team (SOET) Community Based Organization
Current Location: Kenya-Mt.Elgon
Bachelor of Social Work and Community Development from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Diploma in Supply Chain Management
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth Volunteer of the year award
    Awarding Organization:
    Kenya Red Cross Society
    Date Awarded:
    March 30, 2013
  • Award:
    Best Staff of the year award
    Awarding Organization:
    Socially Organized Educative Team (SOET) C.B.O
    Date Awarded:
    December 9, 2016
He was awarded youth volunteer of the year award 2013 by Kenya Red Cross Society for his contribution and devotion in supporting the work of the Kenya Red Cross. In 2015, he was selected as the Young Leader by Women Deliver Organization. – Annet Matasero, Youth Trainer at Research Triangle Institute
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been able to reach to more than 1000 men through advocacy on the need to support their women in accessing family planning services, since in my community husbands have been holding very strong believes that their women should never access professional family planning services. The 1000 men reached are very supportive by accompanying their wives to the health centers in accessing family planning services. I have also managed to reach to 500 school young girls and boys with family planning information’s and methods in a way to empower them so that they can be making informed choices when it comes to opting for family planning decisions.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I have witnessed violation of women and girls health rights since they cannot make their informed choices; instead they are forced or rather subjected to situations that cannot give them conducive environment to make their informed choices for example a girl or women in possession of condom is a taboo and that is the biggest mistake she can afford in the community.

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

I have always advocated during public gatherings in the villages on the need for men, fathers to support their wives and children in family planning decisions. I do also sensitize fact information contrary to the misconceptions about family planning methods. Through my different capacities as young leader, I have been able to resource mobilize for support from other like-minded persons and institutions to support my work in either way including financial support.

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? :

I will train 35 advocates to advocate for family planning services at the village levels. They will be trained for 2 days.
I will have 2 radio talk shows on sensitization about family planning. I will use 98.2 FM which is a local radio station available within my locality.
There will be 1 day road show caravan aimed at reaching to 5000 locals with family planning information’s.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Drama outreach advocating for family planning, Drama outreach advocating for family planning, Disseminating family planning fact information's and Red Cross fundamental principles

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