Fiona Okadia

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Fiona Okadia - 2017 Nominee
Position: Student/ Founder
Organization: Amira Africa
Current Location: Kajiado, Kenya.
Fiona Okadia is founder and CEO if Amira Africa. This is an organization dedicated to the support and care of young single mothers. She creates awareness on the importance of keeping your child regardless of your situation and the dangers of abortion – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Fiona Okadia started a blog and under the health segment writes on family planning. With a lot of misleading information in the African culture about family planning, she does her research and provides relevant and up to date information to young people on this topic. The blog was nominated for Bloggers Awards Kenya in 2016 as best topical blog.She has also done events centered on family planning. She takes her time encouraging young people who are sexually active to go for family planning methods if they can’t be able to abstain from sex so that they can plan for their families at the right time.Through this: young people are able to get adequate information on family planning, the number of members in Amira Africa who have two children while still young has reduced.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Becoming a young mother at the age of 20 years which went hand in hand with the lack of knowledge about family planning and where they can be accessed. I then founded a platform where young mothers can come together educate and elevate one another. One thing that stood out for me after sometime was a number amongst us were becoming second time mothers within a short period of time. Leading me to be inspired to start talking all about family planning, advantages and its accessibility.

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

Taking up the responsibility to:
Mobilize resources and doing a family planning event for young ladies in campus where they were able to get information concerning their reproductive health, pros and cons of each family planning method and advantages of family planning.
Blogging about family planning so that the youth can get valuable information. Creating chances from time to time to talk to young mothers about family planning while also informing the ones who aren’t mothers.

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? :

Recruit, nurture and train like minded people who will help with the advocacy. Partner with the other winners and create support/brainstorming systems that will help us champion family planning more. I will do videos that provide high quality, reliable information to the youth. This would be permanent as they can search for the information online in case they are unable to make it for the training and can always refer to to the videos in case of any question so as to reach a larger audience.

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