From 2001 to 2005, PPGNW partnered with Centro Medico de Orientacion Y Planifacion Familiar, (CEMOPLAF), an Ecuadorean family planning organization, using funds from three consecutive Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) grants. PPGNW provided technical assistance to CEMOPLAF on peer education programs, and PPGNW staff and volunteers had the opportunity to learn about and become advocates for international family planning.
“Overall, my time in Ecuador opened me up to many different views on International Family Planning. I have a much better sense of what efforts are made every day by people who have dedicated their lives to fostering open discussions of all the things involved in being human and how they affect the rest of the world.”
~ PPGNW Teen Council member
PPGNW collaborated with CEMOPLAF to provide:
- Teen/Peer Education Training
- International Family Planning Advocacy
The first team activity was a life-changing exchange between PPGNW’s Teen Council and CEMOPLAF’s peer education program in 2001. Members of PPGNW's Teen Council program traveled to Ecuador, and, several months later, CEMOPLAF peer educators came to Washington State.
Under a second grant, PPGNW educators traveled to Ecuador to train CEMOPLAF educators, focusing on how to recruit, train and support peer educators. CEMOPLAF educators also traveled to Washington State to observe PPGNW’s Teen Council model in action. As recently as 2010, CEMOPLAF reported that they were still using materials and techniques from these trainings.
Lastly, in 2004-2005, a PPGNW-funded theater troupe gathered stories about Ecuadorian family planning and sexuality. These stories were shared in 30 presentations throughout Washington State, increasing community awareness about international family planning. A video, “The Face of Family Planning,” based on the performances, was created by an alliance between PPGNW, The Sierra Club and One by One, a Seattle-based organization that works to prevent and mitigate the impact of obstetric fistula. Together with these organizations, the video was presented at five local colleges and one community venue, focusing on the link between sexual and reproductive health education and environmental conservation.