Born in August 1985 in northern Sierra Leone, Kaprie Kanu has over nine years of experience working directly with grassroots communities where he’s focused on the capacity-building of marginalized young people (disabled and non-disabled) in the post-war countries, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In Sierra Leone, Kaprie was one of the founding members of the Children‟s Forum Network (CFN) and Peace-Link Sierra Leone, who are the leading platforms for the well-being of young Sierra Leoneans especially at community level.
In 2007, Kaprie moved to Liberia in order to contribute to the development of other young Liberian colleagues and currently serves as the National Executive Coordinator for the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) Liberia. He frequently travels to rural communities of Liberia, conducting interviews with the program stakeholders so as to enable him identify with and analyze challenges of education and livelihood in grassroots communities.
Kaprie is also the Founder of the Centre for Inclusion and Empowerment (CIE) Liberia, a project for which he won an award in Kerala State, India, during his one-year scholarship training course in Social Entrepreneurship in 2010. Having been trained in social entrepreneurship and development, he is helping marginalized young Liberians in his community to be inform, involve, inspire and celebrate social change led for and by youth of post-war Liberia. He is also a Disability Rights Activist/Social Worker and holds a Diploma in Psychosocial Counselling, Child Care and Child Protection, and currently serving as the Administrative/Finance Officer for the Liberia Christian Handicapped Organization.
A note from Kaprie:
“As a social activist with special interest in young people’s development, my passion for family planning started as a result of the increasing rates of teenage pregnancies and death of teenage mothers in post-war Liberia.
My inspiration for IYAFP 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. I noticed this from a pilot research that was conducted by YPPD Liberia in Monrovia whose results showed that teenage pregnancy was about 38% just in the capital city, which is responsible for the increasing rates of school drop-outs.
Another concern was our discovery that many of our young colleagues lack access and knowledge about quality information on family planning and other sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore, representing IYAFP in Liberia means a lot to me and the nation as a whole particularly our colleagues. It is my conviction that with our collective efforts through IYAFP, we will bring positive changes for our young colleagues.”