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Balinese youth group celebrates Valentines' Day

14 February 2008

Balinese youth group celebrates Valentines' Day

On 14 February, the KISARA youth club in Bali, Indonesia, held a very special Valentine's Day celebration. Under the auspices of the Indonesian Association of Family Planning (PKBI), KISARA (Kita Sayang Remaja, or We Love Teenagers), is a non-profit group established to help young people in Bali improve their knowledge of health issues, including reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and drug use.

On the occasion of Valentine's Day 2008, KISARA brought together 30 young people to take part in a play depicting issues around unwanted pregnancy. After the performance, participants broke into discussion groups to tackle five key questions:

  • Is having sex a good way to express your love?
  • Is abortion an option, in the case of unwanted pregnancy?
  • If not, what about your future?
  • Is there a "win-win" solution?
  • Which stakeholders have a role to play (e.g. teachers, parents, etc)?

Each discussion was led by a peer facilitator, who presented the findings to the group. Following the group session, a number of games were played and a film shown.

Established 13 years ago, KISARA has more than 500 registered volunteers. "It takes time to build up trust and friendship with the young people involved in the programme," said Dr Nyoman Sutarsa, Senior Project Officer - Health.

As well as organizing regular meetings for the island's young people, KISARA also runs a local radio programme targeting young people with important messages about their health.

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