Voices from Haiti
Tales of Reproductive Health

Sherley

“I plan to become a big entrepreneur from Haiti, but to do it I must do family planning.”

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Isabelle

“I want to have a seminar so we can talk to women about family planning …. It is important to get their birth control. It’s so very important.”

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Ylomene

“Family planning is so important. Look at the example of my parents. If they had family planning, they would have maybe four children instead of eight and they could have sent me to school. I could have been a philosopher.”

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Edline

I didn’t know about family planning [before I got pregnant]…Other people may not think [family planning] is not a good thing, but let me tell you, for me, it’s good.”

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Darline

“Don’t live my life. If the girl is at school, she can do [family] planning, continue with her studies and become somebody. It’s too late for me.”

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Nadia

“I didn’t know anything. It was after I had my kid that I learned [about family planning]. I had a cousin around my age who went with me to a clinic across the street from me.”

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Dr. Levelt

“One family could have five or six children, the parents are not working, and they survive on a day-to-day basis …. Quite often the children are not in school. When family planning is introduced, they can control when and when not to have children, based on their economic status.”

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Alexandrine

“I wanted to go back to school, but I didn’t have enough money. Only my father could provide enough money for me to go to school, my mother was helping me with the baby, so she couldn’t help me with school.”

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Cynthia

“When you sit with 25 people, and you talk to them, you give them something to take home so you can refresh their memory. And then you also empower them to go and talk to the people in their family.”

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Nadege

“After I learned the [family planning] information, I also told my neighbors the information. They didn’t know about family planning either.”

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Denise

“If I didn’t have family planning, I would have maybe four kids by now, and I wouldn’t be able to feed them, to house them, anything.”

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