IUD PROJECT

To single-handedly change the life of women in need and provide a safe space for them.​

Alexa Toman

Costa Rica

I am an 11th-grade student who is passionate about helping women in need and making a lasting change in our community.
This project focuses on the importance of the health of women, specifically women in need. We will provide a safe space for people to come and voice their concerns, questions and we will give them the right to choose and healthy option. We hope to spread the message about the importance of safe and protected sex around the country with our campaigns, workshops, and events. Our goal is to help all women in need by always being the trusted and hardworking group of women.

Alexa

What I like:
​To be honest, I don't really have a specific hobby or activity that drives me crazy. There are many things I like to do, going to the beach, seeing friends, eating and other "typical teenager things" but none of these are things that I am crazy about. I would say that if I had to name something I am passionate about at the moment, it would be cooking and baking. This is because it is a family tradition that we can all cook, it is something that I want to be able to learn and pass down onto my kids as well.
What I Do:
​From this project, I want to learn, how to connect with people and make them feel comfortable and safe, I want to learn how to always treat people with respect and make them feel welcomed, I want to learn how to make a difference in a community, and lastly I want to learn how important it is to push through, to see how your work pays off. There are other little things that I would like to learn like teamwork, making new friends and how to manage my work.
What I Want:
I believe that communication is a skill that I have mastered over the years, whether this is through emotions or voicing my opinions, I believe that this is a big part of me and it is something that I practice and stand for daily. I think​ that my other skill may be my determination, I do not give up and do not like to unless I have to, I rarely take no for an answer because I am not about to lose my motivation and determination

Communities

Community
Key Person
Description
La Paz Community School
Alex Hill
A mom in our community who participates in the project.
CEPIA
Participant of past IUD
This will be a participant who got and IUD.
Flamingo
Natasha Avrith
Part of the CEPIA association and is a mother.

Interviews

Interview With Alex Hill

What are our community strengths?
A​ffluent people are eager to help and contribute to those in need.
What does this community need?
We need better local drivers. Educate them. Better roads. Pedestrian lanes. Local schools need to operate consistently. More jobs available and traveling to jobs sometimes takes hours and is costly.
What does this community have to share?
natural resources as a source of income- tourism. Or do you mean us? The us bit would be our 1st world insight on potential future growth- ex solar power, different culinary techniques. Also, better informed on nutrition. The evil​ of sugar, soda and processed foods. Also, we can help CR truly be green and environmentally aware/ correct.

Interview With Participant of past IUD

What are our community strengths?
​Strength is a diversity of our community. There are so many different nationalities, religions, political views represented in such a small community. As diverse as we are, we’re still incredibly unified. We all share a deep love for our community, environment and well being of everyone who lives here.
What does this community need?
Our community needs to be more pedestrian friendly. The roads do not safely accommodate cars and people on foot or bike. Improving the streets​ by adding sidewalks would benefit our entire community and its safety.
What does this community have to share?
We’re all share a great pride in our community.​ We share a similar love for the ocean, the sun, nature, outdoors.

Interview With Natasha Avrith

What are our community strengths?
Our community’s strength is togetherness. Everyone knows each other and goes out of their way to help one another. Continually building and bettering our relationships with each other that way we can be strong, connected and a united group of people. Our multicultural, very diverse population has been able to come together, embracing the Tico culture, while keeping customs from back home.
What does this community need?
Our community needs better infrastructure to accommodate the existing and future population. Sidewalks, better access in and out of town (for emergencies), recycling programs, water for all during the ​dry season, proper drainage for flooding.
What does this community have to share?
We’re able to share a common pride and respect for Costa Rica. It’s culture, nature, diversity, ​and people.
Task
Person
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Calling women to ask questions and catch up with them.

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IUD insertion of November.

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CEPIA classes for all women getting their IUD'S.

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Proyecto Vida Mujer Manual.

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Emotional and physical study of November and initial women.

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800 Mujeres reciben un IUD en Limon.

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Budget

Expenses

Item
Amount
Purchasing the IUD's
2,000$
After care (Pads, Advil and Chocolate)
300$

Resources

Description
Source
Value
IUD'S
Donations by the Bill Chester Foundation and Beach Side Clinic Huacas
2,000$

What’s something we learned by doing this project that other people might not know?

The main lesson I learned is communication is key. In the beginning I undermined how important it really is, not realizing how much it influences your relationship with your C.A.S mentor, how much you truly enjoy your project, and your overall commitment to the project.

What’s the most important thing that needs to happen next in order to keep this project going?

In order for my project to keep going I must begin the recordings of the first three audiobooks and also find a new representative who ideally has a personal connection to the project.

If we could expand the reach of this project in some way, what do you think are the best next steps for the next person to take?

Ideally if this project would expand hopefully future leaders will be able to expand this project into more schools in our community. By simply sharing the final products of these audiobooks to other school leaders it would have the potential to make a huge difference for children in our community who struggle with reading and writing.

If we could expand the reach of this project in some way, what do you think are the best next steps for the next person to take?

Vivian

Creator of the project