Christopher - KidsRights
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Christopher (16)
South Africa

TALKING WITH CHRISTOPHER

Christopher is a changemaker for mental health. He wants to make it easier to talk about depression and anxiety, by organizing workshops and presentations. He also wants to organize a 12 hours swimathon as an awareness campaign to raise awareness among a wider audience.

We asked him few questions about his changemaking work, here’s what he said:

How did you find out about our Changemakers Program?
After being nominated for the ICPP in 2019, I became more aware of how the Changemaker program worked and how the program helps children to impact society sustainably and efficiently.

What inspires you to be a changemaker?
I believe that each of us is responsible to improve our society and stand against social injustice. The moment you start committing yourself to the upliftment of others, the world…YOUR world begins to change.

What challenges did you encounter during your changemaking activities?
Certain plans had to be changed at a late stage and it was difficult to re-organize arrangements and still stay on track, especially when you need to co-ordinate with other people taking part in the activity. Another difficulty was getting adults to support activities.

What is your biggest dream?
To make my community an open and de-stigmatized space in relation to mental health as well as the development and implementation of a National Suicide Prevention Plan.

What advice would you give to other children that want to become changemakers?
Don’t wait for the right moment to make a change – that time will never come. Stand up and show up now. Change just one person, that person can change another person and they in turn can change someone else and then you’ve started a movement that might even change the world.

 

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