“My name is Sthobile Pamella Mweli born 31 May 1978 in KwaMevana Township. I am a single mother to an 21 year old who has been my inspiration to never give up in life. Which is one of the reason I decided at the age of 33 to go back to school and obtain my first degree in Social work. As a social worker I aspire to bring change in peoples lives even in the least way possible. Being involved with Angels Care has enable me serve my purpose and it has been a learning experience personally. Initially I came here as a volunteer, I then worked as an administrator and now I have been given the opportunity to work in the Crisis Centre as a Social Worker.”
Stobile’s infectious smile and heart of pure gold make her even more of a superhero. Sthobile hands down has one of the hardest jobs in South Africa. Being a Social Worker who tends to woman and children who are survivors of gender based violence, sexual assault, physical abuse, neglect and more is certainly heart breaking and extremely difficult.
In 2019 alone Sthobile counselled 121 CHILD victims, 59 cases of sexual assault, 4 domestic violence, 13 neglect, 8 physical assault and 37 trauma (this includes watching their parents being murdered). The children and families we serve at Angels Care live in a constant state of trauma, thanks to Sthobile they can get the help, assistance and safe place to heal that they need.
During the COVID-19 pandemic Sthobile has still played her role as a Social worker, however she has also stepped up to help wherever she can, from making sandwiches to handing out food parcels. We are extremely lucky to have her on the team and the community is so lucky to have her as their support system.