Juan Octavo Lu Brown: Provincia de Colon, Panama, 23 years old

Juan Octavo Lu Brown: Provincia de Colon, Panama, 23 years old

Juan Lu is involved in the Mesoamerica Coalition and Works with  a group of young people in his country.

“[This helps us] understand the situation of each country. We are going through the same situation. Young people from other countries are going through the same circumstances. We are together, we support each other, we stay in touch. We must disseminate the experience ... convince more young people to participate.”


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Roberto Xavier Aguilera Montoya: Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 20 years old

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Roberto started working with ASHONPLAFA 4 years ago. He really likes the Kiosko project. “I've always liked to learn, not only for me”

About CONCASIDA: "We can demand rights and fight for them. Being here to fight for rights on behalf of other young people in the country… we develop ourselves.”


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Humberto Lopez Gomez: Oaxaca, Mexico, 23 years old

Humberto Lopez Gomez: Oaxaca, Mexico, 23 years old

Humberto likes to spend his free time with his family…going into town, resting and reading. He started as a volunteer 5 years ago in Gente Joven and hasn’t left. He soon started participating in events outside of his town and is now the coordinator for Gente Joven in his region.


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Yvrose is 36 years old and has an 11-year-old son and a 6-year old daughter. She is a civil worker at one of Port-au-Prince’s police stations.

"PROFAMIL has been very important in my life—without it I would have nowhere to go and would probably have had six children by now. I’ve been coming to the PROFAMIL clinic for over 10 years. My friends told me where they went to get family planning advice, and I, too, wanted the power to determine how many children I would have and when.


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Grace, Brazil

“I’ve been at BEMFAM for three years. I do all the prevention educational activities, both for clients and the youth center; organize the clinical services; in-take interviews with new clients; and provide referrals, including HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. BEMFAM’s work is very important; especially its prevention and STI work because the public healthcare system has very little access to family planning. Patients get lost in the system. Our work on sexual diversity and reducing prejudice is also very important."


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Cleya, Brazil

“I’m the clinic’s technical nurse; I do the pre-appointment consultation with patients, taking their blood pressure, height, weight, etc. I go over a pre-appointment check-list to collect all of the information for the doctor. I talk with the patient about what will happen during their appointment, for example, if they come for an IUD I will talk with them about how the procedure is done… BEMFAM’s work is important in many ways.


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