Student social worker provides hope

2016-06-29 06:00

I WRITE as a student auxiliary social worker doing my first practicals with Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects.

This NPO works with the poorest of the poor children and grannies at Ezinketheni­.

I am spending three months with MNCP and as I write I have just completed my first week visiting community members.

This workplace experience has been a difficult adjustment from what we are used to at school.

We had to learn to find our way by taking taxis to an area we didn’t know, because my home town is Empangeni.

My experience at MNCP has been eye-opening. I have seen how to help people who face different problems in society and MNCP is reaching out to them in providing hope and practical support “one smiling child at a time”.

MNCP helped me to realise that being a social auxiliary worker is about being hands-on and going to the people and finding out what they need, instead of sitting in the office and waiting for them to report their problems - we expect people to come to us, when they don’t even have taxi fares.

I just want to learn more from MNCP and one day be able to help people like this organisation does.

SKHONANGANE MTSHALI

Student auxiliary social worker

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