Activist Profile: Enrichia Smith

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Enrichia Smith (23) is a young activist who lives in Kliptown, South of Johannesburg. She started school at Florida Avenue Primary School and finished matric at Missourilaan Secondary School in Eldorado Park. She studied the Child and Youth Care Work Course through the National Association of Child and Youth Care Work Institution (NACCW). She also did trauma counselling with Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA). Smith’s mother was her role model and she was HIV positive, this gave her motivation to work with vulnerable children who are also infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She has also experienced how children’s rights are not respected and their voices are not heard. She wanted to teach people about children’s developmental needs.

Smith does all this work through her organisation, PUSH. She started as a beneficiary, and as soon as she finished Grade 12, she started volunteering in the organisation. She loves seeing children happy and heard. Her mindset and vision are for children to live their best lives, get what is right, and share love and peace.

This article was submitted as part of the Imbila Yesu publication produced daily for the duration of the Winter School in 2022 (17-22 July 2022). It appeared in Edition No. 1, released on 22 July 2022.

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