Family Planning is all about families getting ahead

The Turimiquire Foundation in Venezuela, our Empower to Plan partner, is working hard to reach some of Latin America’s most marginalised communities. As Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis rages on, the organisation shares why family planning is so important for improving people’s lives and protecting the environment.

​Family Planning and Reproductive Health mean so many things to so many people: controlling their destinies as families, improving quality-of-life and education for children, helping women and families lift themselves out of poverty, enhancing the progress of entire communities.

So what does it mean to the planet?

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In each sexual and reproductive health workshop, I see young people overcoming taboos and imposed sociocultural norms. For those young people who have already started having sexual relations, our workshops provide them with the tools to do so in a healthy, voluntary and responsible way, making use of contraceptive methods. This allows them to continue with their life plans, pursue their dreams and improve their quality of life as well as their relationship with the natural world.”

Noris Cova, Turimiquire Sex Educator

​This is what we know: If you make family planning services available, people will come. They will come from afar and they will keep coming – with life-affirming appreciation for a service that they need to improve their lives. Here in Venezuela, the demand for family planning services is strong, sustained, and chronically unmet.

And all this comes from simply giving people the services they want on a local level, which is what we at Turimiquire do. We have improved the lives of more than 100,000 women and families and with your help, we continue to expand our services in the face of unmet need.  Our infrastructure is largely in place, it is just a question of funding.

​Thank you to all of our supporters who have made the Turimiquire Foundation the one successful provider of family planning and reproductive health services in north-eastern Venezuela.

And a special thank you to Population Matters for generously supporting our family planning services in this time of adversity.

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