5 Minutes With Athi

What’s your passion?
Developing disadvantaged communities, beginning with mine. 

What change are you keen to drive?
Empower youth and redirect their energy towards the positive values that have been lost in society.  

How are you driving change?

As a social activist, I’m involved in:

• Private and non-private tutoring to help learners who are struggling, especially with Maths and Accounting.
• I collect varsity application forms in batches and quantities and distribute them to my school, which is something that wasn’t done for me. 
• As the Chairperson of the house committees at the Res at my school, I assist in organising youth events for the whole Residence.  

How has ACTIVATE! supported you so far in driving this change?
ACTIVATE! bridged the gap between the vision that I’ve always had and the passion that I have to give back to my community. I have experienced the harshness of poverty and not having certain services that others have. The question “What are you going to do?” has always been echoing and then ACTIVATE! came along with the answer that “No, no, no, you are postponing the vision, you can be doing things now!”

What do you think is the priority in setting the agenda for our country over the next five years?
The first one that I personally have devoted myself to is to reclaim values, because I’ve seen that the root in most of our evils in society is that we have lost the value of respect, the value of responsibility, the values that we used to be taught at home. Like corruption, it’s not a computer done thing, it’s a human done thing. It all revolves around human intentions. If we can bring back values, we can save the country for the next 20 years. 

How do you motivate yourself?
I pray, I talk to my mother who is my stronghold, and I am thankful for what I have. I’m humbled and encouraged by people telling me, “You’re doing good work.” 

Final comment?
One of my biggest challenges is that leaders don’t take me seriously as I’m young and an individual, but they will take us seriously when we are a united front of young people. We mustn’t give up when we want to achieve something.

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