I am Waweru Denis also known as Weche, I was born and raised in Mukuru and started my family here and it’s a place I call home.
Overtime, I have been engaged in various activities in the community including ; community mobilization, community initiatives such as feeding programs, helping youth to form youth groups, helping the county in water distribution, Kazi Mtaani, educating and sensitizing the community through social media, events, art and music.
Mukuru Youth Initiative (MuYI) has been engaging the community and specifically young people in creating awareness, informing and educating the community through art activities that I have engaged in and it’s an opportunity that I am grateful for.
Through the annual Mukuru Festival in 2019 organized by MuYI, I was crowned MR Mukuru 2019, this helped me get even more recognition in the community. After Covid19 hit in 2020, I became a community champion and engaged in doing community sensitization and currently am using social media to create awareness, inform and educate the community on Covid19.
Before covid19 I was also running my movie shop business which I run to date where at times when I am not engaged with community work, I sell movies and also second hand clothes for kids. Am happy I have created employment for my fellow youth by having him in my business
Through my community work I was selected as a board member in the Lunga Lunga Health Centre Health Committee representing the youth. This gave me an opportunity to interact more with the community members and also government officials. Through my representation, I was also appointed as a committee member for the National Government Hygiene Program known as “Kazi Mtaani’ in Lunga Lunga.
I am a lover of art especially music and dance where I was also featured on a musical project in 2020 under the ACT Project and Tupumue Projects.
Am a believer of change and I want to see this achieved in my community and despite young people being stereotyped and working with the elderly to solve community issues makes you underrated, I still believe in young people. There is also another problem where most of the time the community wants you to volunteer in everything without consideration of your welfare.
As a young person I would like to urge fellow young people to never give up and they should position themselves for opportunities since there is light at the end of the tunnel.