Alfred Tennyson - “I am part of all that I have met”.

Alfred Tennyson - “I am part of all that I have met”.

The seed was planted for the formation of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership when Thandi Nhlengethwa, Executive Director of The AIDS Information & Support Centre (TASC) in Swaziland, visited Hampton over four years ago. Thandi told an audience at Hampton High School that the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland is 42% (the highest in the world) and the life expectancy is 33 years (the lowest in the world).

 

After that visit Thandi was instrumental in mobilizing our partners in Piggs Peak – town council; the high school; and the church. Upon her return to Swaziland, she met with many key officials and played a key role in creating the important relationships between Piggs Peak and Hampton that have formed the bedrock of the overall partnership. Since Thandi’s initial visit to Hampton, intercontinental visits between people from Hampton and Piggs Peak have been a vital component of a strong relationship between our communities.

 

Alfred Tennyson said “I am part of all that I have met”. This is especially true in the formation and growth of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership. Many of you will remember last year’s visit to Hampton by John Lovett and Nontokozo Dlamini and how, through them, we got an intimate feel for what life is like in Piggs Peak. Similarly, visits to Piggs Peak by Hamptonians have helped build a sense of community amongst all of us… a feeling that we are all neighbours regardless of the physical distance between us.

 

We will continue to build and grow our relationship with Piggs Peak when Hampton’s own Laura Myers and Chris Rendell travel there on behalf of the Partnership in late June for a two week visit. We are currently in the process of creating what will surely be a very full itinerary for Laura and Chris. But the overall purpose of their trip will be to further the work of the Partnership in easing the burden of HIV/AIDS, especially among the children in Piggs Peak. They will be meeting with our key partners, assessing the projects we currently have underway and evaluating future opportunities to provide assistance in the most effective way possible.

 

A trip to Swaziland is very expensive… but well worth the cost. To help pay the cost we will be having a fundraising dinner in the near future. As in the past, the meal will be provided by Holly and her staff –great friends of the Partnership! We expect this event will be as enjoyable as previous dinners and we hope that you will support Chris and Laura’s trip through your attendance. Details regarding time and location will be provided soon.

 

If you would like to make a donation or learn more about the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership, visit our website at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or call Mark Bettle at 832-0003.

Alfred Tennyson - “I am part of all that I have met”.