A letter from Silelela Maseko

A letter from Silelela Maseko

The Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership has made a big commitment to helping our neighbours in Piggs Peak this year. In addition to paying school fees for 80 students (yes, the number has grown), we have a number of other projects we intend to support. The overall contribution for 2010 alone is targeted to be in the range of $45,000. Hampton is now a significant player on the humanitarian stage – something we all should be very proud of.

In the near future, our website www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca will include a section that reports on the financial aspects of our partnership, including our historical spending profile. We also know that it is important to provide information and feedback to the people of Hampton regarding projects they are funding. It is difficult to convey how much our support means to the people of Piggs Peak. Our Starfish sponsors will soon be hearing directly from the students they are helping, if they haven’t already. But the Partnership is committed to providing this type of feedback to everyone in Hampton because this is a community effort. Our new website is a start but perhaps nothing tells the story better than some of the letters we receive from the people in Piggs Peak – teachers, students, young and old alike. Here is an excerpt from Sikelela Maseko, a student at Fundukuwela High School. Please read it with a bit of lenience for a student who is trying his best to convey his feelings of appreciation in a second language.

“I am writing to give thanks on what you have done to me. When the last year’s form 3 results came out, I was very much excited to get such a clean pass and that made me notice something in my future and that I would be somebody of tomorrow. However, things did not go well when the schools opened. I was told to go and stay at home as there was no money to pay for my school fees. I then cried to God, so He could send you to provide such a wonderful help to me. I am now learning without problems as I become very lucky to get you as my school fees are now settled… I am not disturbed by anything, neither stress or hunger… Life is good to me…”

Sikelela is typical of many of the youth in Piggs Peak – bright, with a lot of promise, but needing a hand up to achieve his potential. If you would like to help a young person like Sikelela, you may be interested in joining our Starfish program. But if you are not prepared to make the commitment of $25 per month, any donation will help. We have already transferred over $20,000 to Piggs Peak this year but we have a long way to go. To make a donation, please visit our website or call me, Mark Bettle, at 832-0003.

A letter from Silelela Maseko