Today, Luciano works as an accountant for Coca Cola by day, spends his nights and weekends working with AfriYAN on projects to support youth in both rural and urban Namibia. AfriYAN’s all-volunteer executive team of ten has been instrumental in the Condomize Campaign, which teaches adolescents and young adults about condoms; Free Flow Campaign, which distributes sanitary pads to young women in rural areas; and in incorporating comprehensive sex education into schools.
In Namibia, he says, there are “a lot of misconceptions and a lot of cultural norms and cultural values that block out all the necessary information. If you go to rural Namibia, you will see early childhood marriages. You have girls as young as 12 years old getting married, being forced into marriages, they’re forced to have sexual intercourse. This girl doesn’t know that she can protect herself, or that she can get contraception to not get pregnant. And then she has to drop out of school, and now she’s at home, unemployed, uneducated, and she’s a mother. And her children will go through the same cycle. So, I think especially in rural Namibia, we want to ensure that these people know their rights, that they know: There are options for you, despite what the culture says, despite what you’ve known; things can be different because you have choices.”