Purpose Osamwonyi Iserhienrhien

Purpose Osamwonyi Iserhienrhien - 2019 Nominee
Position: Development Activist
Organization: Smiles Africa International Youth Development Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Higher National Diploma (HND) from Federal Polytechnic, Auchi/Business Administration
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Edo State Youth Ambassador
    Awarding Organization:
    National Youth Council of Nigeria Edo State Chapter
    Date Awarded:
    August 12, 2016
  • Award:
    Award of Excellence on Youth Development
    Awarding Organization:
    Edo Change Network
    Date Awarded:
    November 19, 2017
  • Award:
    Award of Excellence on Rural Community Development
    Awarding Organization:
    Rural Youth Volunteer Association
    Date Awarded:
    October 15, 2018
As the State Coordinator of National Youth Network on Population and HIV/AIDS, Purpose Osamwonyi has built and strengthened the capacity of over 40 youth organizations to develop and implement family planning projects in their communities. – GRACE OBAKINA, Social Worker at White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Edo State
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As Edo State Coordinator for National Youth Network on Population and HIV/AIDS (NANETHA) I designed and implement program that build the capacity of 47 youth organizations and local groups on youth reproductive health family planning and today this organization is organizing community awareness program on family planning and sexual reproductive health.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I want to reduce poverty to lowest state and bring better life for rural community dwellers.

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

As the coordinator of the youth network I work with my team and executive member to carry out this project assigning roles and responsibility to all members. When we challenges we all work together with local authority to organized our training.

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 use the money to start a life radio program that will educate women and youth from rural communities. The radio program will create a platform for listeners to phone in and ask question or make contributions. As for the platform I will use it to strengthen our network and increase our local membership reaching many hard to reach community in Edo state Nigeria.

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