Stompie Sehularo Makolobe is a 36-year-old community health worker and program manager who grew up in Phepheng, near the Southern Africa border in the Kgalagadi District. As the first-born of six siblings, Stompie became a caregiver for her siblings, a role which also led her to begin assisting the vulnerable children in Phepheng. She credits her headmaster at Bopanagang Primary School for inspiring her passion to serve her community. Moving to Gaborone in 2008, Stompie began working with Humana People to People (HPP) as a community mobiliser. It is obvious how fulfilling this work is to her, as her eyes light up in recalling the time that HPP’s donation of chickens transformed into new livelihoods for several struggling families.
She praises the impact the NACA-initiated CATCH project has had in Southeast District, “[CATCH] has opened the eyes of communities to see how much they can do for themselves to respond to issues like HIV prevention.” It is inspiring to listen to Stompie’s dedication to her communities, “I always help them any time they call on me. I love investing my talents, passion, and time in these projects. However, I wish more youth would volunteer in community service programmes, which I have seen accomplish great things.”