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Nelly Lukale

Nelly Lukale - 2019 Nominee
Position: Founder/Director
Organization: Hope in Action Health and Hygiene Network
Current Location: Nairobi
Diploma from Community Health and Epidemiology
This lady is a role model a person whose words & counsel bring back the life in you especially in Times of Frustration anger and Depression Apart from that she works with women and Girls to empowerment them into living life to the Fullest.#nolimits – Safari Sarah Meena , Programme Coordinator at Hope In Action Health and Hygiene Network
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My involvement with family planning started with observing my Mum secretely teach rural women about their sexual and reproductive health and family planning. Since family planning was and is still a very sensitive issue in my rather partrical community, and through this observation, I cofounded Hope in Action Health and Hygiene Network whose agenda is creating safe spaces, where adolescent girls and young women can be open and honest about their sexual experiences; breaking the silence that surrounds sexual matters and menstrualtion ; and engaging communities and service providers to confront the stigma associated with contraceptive use by young people. Today, Hope in Action Network has had the opportunity to establish health clubs to in different schools in my different communities

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The continuously high rates of teenage regnancy and early marriages in my community sparked my passion for family planning. I felt concerned about children who are denied basic life provisions because they are born to an adolescent, who doesn’t know how to help them.
Family planning is a solution to many of the world’s challenges. It gives one the opportunity to improve, invest in oneself either through formal or informal education. it also helps young people make informed decisions.

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

I have been advocating to community and religious leaders in my community to support SRHR for women and girls and family planning access to all. I have helped establish effective youth friendly spaces and services in many rural communities and urban slums.
I have also led trainings for youth led organizations to enable them give right SRHR information to young people.

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 share ideas and adopt effective methods from other family planning champions to implement in my community
I will strengthen the health clubs in schools & continue with the peer education program. I will collect data on how many young people need SRHR, family Planning, counselling etc which will help in my advocacy intervention.

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