What’s your passion?
The health side of youth development – to cultivate youth holistically and make them aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle today. To bring about cohesion between youth and adults relating to youth health and to be an advocate for young fathers.
What change are you keen to drive?
Challenging and championing health in the youth sector. Raising awareness about teenage pregnancy, sex between youth and adults and highlighting the important role a mother and father plays in a child’s life.
How are you driving change?
I facilitate dialogues in two places: At Mphephu clinic between health workers and youth – the aim is to open a channel of communication between all stakeholders so that youth-friendly health services can be achieved. Lufunodrop Centre – we host dialogues and motivational talks to the kids at the centre and highlight the importance of making healthy life choices and offer guidance to teens who are pregnant or are parents.
I really encourage teen fathers to attend the interventions because pregnancy is seen as a girl child’s issue and I feel it is very important to engage with these young men so that both the mother and father knows the important role that they each play in raising a child.
How has ACTIVATE! supported you so far in driving this change?
The training has equipped me with innovative tools such as the object tools and archetypes as I use them to solve issues and to communicate with stakeholders involved in helping drive change. Networking and connecting with other young people who are also passionate about youth development is inspiring as we talk and share ideas with each other.
How do you motivate yourself?
I see no failure; every obstacle is a learning curve. Coming from a broken family and being a single-mother to a four-month-old-baby motivates me to keep working hard to better the lives of my siblings and others in the same situation.
I want to see a cohesive society that values the activities of youth and that is open to youth issues. To develop communities that are educational based and not discouraged by its negative circumstances.
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT: Vhembe
Activator since: 2015