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Kaprie Kanu

Kaprie Kanu - 2019 Nominee
Position: National Executive Coordinator
Organization: Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) Liberia
Current Location: Liberia, West Africa
College Student from Barshell University College/Computer Information System
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Barshell University College, Monrovia, Liberia (2017-2020): BSc student - majoring Computer Information System and Sociology

2. African ChangeMakers Fellowship Program Cohort 2 (Online) 2018- Certificate of Completion

3. Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center, Accra (July-August, 2016): Participants-Business and Entrepreneurship Track (Certificate of Completion-17 weeks Leadership training program)

4. The Network University of Netherlands (2016-2017): Certificate Course in E-Learning on Entrepreneurship for West Africa

5. Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation-Online Course (2014) Certificate

6. Conduits of Potential Institute, Liberia, (2013-2014): (Diploma in Psychosocial Counseling, Child Care and Child Protection)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Certificate of Honor and Recognition for voluntary work during the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus outbreak
    Awarding Organization:
    Ministry of Health and UNDP Liberia
    Date Awarded:
    December 31, 2016
  • Award:
    Community Service Honoring Certificate
    Awarding Organization:
    Food For All Africa Program, Accra, Ghana
    Date Awarded:
    August 31, 2016
  • Award:
    2010 IISE Solidarity Award
    Awarding Organization:
    International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (Kanthari International), Kerala State, India
    Date Awarded:
    December 31, 2010
My nominee's work is focus on advocating and creating awareness on discrimination, SGBV, and harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation for women and girls which threaten their health, safety and ability to thrive. – Dede Rita Youlo, Founder/Director at Sisters Unite Liberia
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My Contribution towards Family Planning has being 'Promoting Reproductive and Family Life Planning for rural women and at-risk girls' in communities of post-Ebola Liberia through consultative platforms, and community outreaches. This is as a result of the fact that, many of our young colleagues lack access and knowledge about quality information on family planning and other sexually transmitted diseases. I together with my team have implemented series of advocacy and community outreach programs for women and young girls-at-risk in remote communities of rural Liberia. We have been committed in doing this so as to assuring advocacy strategies to a visionary approach to family planning and creating networks for youth with an agenda of enhancing full access, full choice around family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My inspiration for family planning stemmed from my passion and motivation to bring new and innovative approaches for critical problems of the Liberian society. Moreover, I was inspired by the IYAFP programs of action with reference to sexual and reproductive health for young people which is a very serious problem in post-war Liberia.

Additionally, I became passionate about family planning, because I know of the increasing rates of teenage pregnancies across the country.

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

An example was when I was serving as the Liberia Country Coordinator for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, assuring advocacy strategies to a visionary approach to family planning on behalf of IYAFP and communication strategy and creating networks for youth with an agenda of enhancing full access, full choice around family planning and sexual reproductive health services.

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? :

To reduce unwanted pregnancy by providing FP/SRHR information, education and services to rural women and at-risk girls, thus, have access to the information they need to help them realize their sexual and reproductive health rights, and make informed sexual health choices, and avoid unwanted pregnancies and unsafe practices. i.e, sensitizing the population about the benefits and increasing FP acceptors; and improving the health of the community through better environmental and personal hygiene.

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