In the race of life, motivation is everything. Salma Abdulatif.

Someone once said that optimism is the faith that leads to achievement and one Salma Abdulatif believes in sharing this truth with others.

Salma together with her friend, Umar Abdalla Faraj founded  Motivational Talks for Youth Organization,  MTY, which is a community based organization that  conducts motivational forums in schools and in various institutions.

This fearless woman and her team undertake leadership empowerment programs, innovation and entrepreneurship. The team is also big on the welfare of the larger community where they conduct community outreach activities.

Salma Abdulatif Yusuf is an award-winning community servant, a student at Moi University and the author of the book, A painted inspiration from the palm-fringed beaches.

The organization has directly impacted 3,983 and mentored 687 youth in Mombasa County.

Every single month we ensure that we have at least two activities. This month we visited Ganze in Kilifi County to distribute foodstuff for the less privileged to sustain them during the month of Ramadhan.

We managed to collect Kshs 250,000 worth of food. The food will sustain them for more than three weeks.

We also had a debate contest a few days ago in Mvita constituency with all local schools participating. The children discussed social issues affecting them like, gang groups, drug abuse, violent extremism, freedom for girls compared to boys et cetera.

The Mvita MP,  Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir graced us with his presence. We recently carried out a blood drive and had a beach clean up.

Seeing my childhood dream come to life is surreal. My vision has always been to create solutions for my community in Mombasa.

Our members have directly benefited from our programs. Three of them were selected to participate in a program in Russia. Others have also been selected for the mentorship program sponsored by Equity Bank. 

 I was selected for YALI RLC leadership program which shaped and added to my skills as a leader.  I am headed to the USA in a few days time after getting selected for the highly competitive Mandela Washington Fellowship.

I was also selected as a KCE mentor 2018, a program in Samburu with an aim of changing the narrative of the Maasai and Samburu people. I’m currently mentoring a young girl who is in class seven through the program.

Getting selected for these programs is a huge milestone for our organization.

Salma made it to the top five of the human rights defender prize in Kenya which is hosted by the Human Commission.

 By the way, we’re not done with her achievements yet. This woman who breathes out the eagle tenacity and spirit, is also a member of ENACTUS at Moi University. The program has assisted in reducing poverty levels and water levels in Naivasha, projects she was a part of.

I also love that she is creating a movement on YouTube and Instagram advocating on the benefits of natural hair. I totally feel you on this Salma being a naturalista myself.

 

Keep rising and changing lives missy. Afterall, This is Africa-Positively.

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