A Christmas celebration - Meager but Meaningful

A Christmas celebration - Meager but Meaningful

John Lovett recently wrote to us from Piggs Peak about the Christmas party he shared with some of the children we are helping support. “There are seventeen we are supporting now and an extra three showed up including the baby eleven year old Tenele constantly cares for, so there were twenty in all.  Nontokozo came with me to Mbabane last week to help me choose some simple Christmas presents for each of them and on Saturday morning the older children barbecued chicken, cooked rice and vegetables and prepared a salad while the younger children watched a Mister Bean movie and played in the garden.  You would be amazed at how much food these hungry children can tuck away… and not a scrap left over or wasted.  After the meal we distributed the gifts along with sweets and fruit which they each loaded into bags ready to take home.”

 

“In the afternoon we packed all twenty children into my Toyota and headed up to Gobolondo Mountain. Count the heads in the picture…!!! The clouds were hanging low over the mountains but the rain held off and we all reached the top after an energetic climb which helped to work off some of the good food.”

 

“Considering that the ages of these children, with the exception of Nontokozo, ranged from five to sixteen, everything went very smoothly. The older girls did almost all of the food preparation, washed up all the dishes and cleaned the house afterwards.  I am always surprised at how easy it is to be with these children; they make no demands and are exceptionally well behaved. I was disappointed that Tenele had to come with the baby she takes care of for her aunt.  The baby is with her all day and every day ….  Tenele carries the baby on her back even when she is playing with her friends.  Nevertheless she had a good day that I am sure she will remember for a long time as will most of these children including me.”

 

“It is not only important to me that we support these children with their education through school fees or providing more nourishing food, but also that we spend some quality time with them.  To see their happy smiling faces as they enjoyed each minute of this day is a moment in time I will treasure.  That their lives may be a little better; that they may rise above their impoverished lives and avoid the perils of AIDS is my reward.  I may have given them this Christmas party but I received as much if not more from this than they did.”

 

“Best wishes to all in Canada from all of us here.”

 

For more information about the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership or to make a donation, visit our website at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or call Mark Bettle at 832-0003.

 

A Christmas celebration - Meager but Meaningful