Passion and Determination – Palesa’s Story
When Wepener resident Palesa Comba lost her parents, she was left with a responsibility of raising her little brother and sister without any form of income. They lived in a small shack and the food parcels programme, an intervention by the department of Social Development was their only source of food.
In 2009, she was fortunate to be recruited as a Community Work Programme (CWP) participant working eight days a month under the agricultural sector – providing vegetable gardens for the elderly. The knowledge gained from CWP helped her to establish her own household food garden to feed her siblings.
With her CWP income, Palesa enrolled for a computer course. After completing the course, she was promoted to a CWP skilled worker position, working 20 days a month.
“I would like to thank CWP for believing that I could do this job. I can now look after my son and my siblings. My son is so fortunate to attend a very good school in Wepener, called Louw Wepener High school which has obtained a 100% pass rate for the past four years. Through CWP, I have made all that was not possible for me in my childhood to be possible for my siblings,” said Palesa.
With her new set of skills she was given an opportunity by the Local Implementing Agent, Mngcunube Development to work as a Receptionist. She has since been trained in Office Administration.
Palesa’s message to fellow CWP participants is: “through passion, determination and devotion one can get very far in life. Thanks to CWP for helping me pull myself out of poverty.”