The destitute and youth-headed Monyengeni family of four girls has over the years experienced hardship after the death of their mother in 2005.
The girls who had no father-figure growing up, were deserted by their family and had to fend for themselves.
The girls aged in 2005, Bathobuang (13), Mapula (9), Mpho (8) and the youngest Beauty (6) from Winterveltd, North of Tshwane, survived through accessing government foster care grants which decreased to ultimately one over the years as the two sisters exceeded the age limit of 18 years as they grew
Through determination, older sister who is now (29), Bathobuang eventually graduated as a qualified Social Worker from the University of South Africa (Unisa) through National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and is currently seeking employment to turn the family’s fortunes for the best.
“I’m grateful for having completed my Social Work Degree which I obtained under difficult conditions.
I’m indebted to Social Workers from Black Like Me office (Gauteng Department of Social Development Satellite Office in Winterveltd, Tshwane Region) for their support, especially during my last year”, said an ecstatic Bathobuang.