Jessica Akwuone; 21 years old: Jessica is a single mother of 2 children; Elizabeth who is 5 years old and Jane who is only 2 and a half years old.
Jessica lived with the father of her children for 5 years but they separated about 2 and a half years ago. She told us that since they separated she has been taking care of their children alone and that the father doesn’t care whether they ‘live or die’ because even when they were starving he didn’t lift a finger to help them.
She learnt about family planning the day one of CHATs FPCORPs accompanied by backpack nurses went to their village and she was “educated”.
She decided to get the 5 year implant as her contraception method of choice because she does not want any more children. She also wants to give her children a chance to grow. She told us she works as a casual labourer and has to walk far to find them something to eat or get some money to buy them what they need. Her relatives are not stable either but they help her bring up her children.
She was grateful to the FPCORPS & nurse for educating her all about contraception and also STDs which she is at risk of getting without using protection. She was grateful to the organisation for getting to her just to help her and her neighbours. She hopes they never ever give up no matter how much the going gets tough!
**names have been changed to protect individuals***