Bev Harrison - On the ground in Piggs Peak

Bev Harrison - On the ground in Piggs Peak

One of the biggest ongoing challenges for the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership is effectively communicating with our partners in Piggs Peak. Over the years, we have managed through faxes, emails, letters, and, in large part, through our colleagues like John Lovett and Karen Mandy who live in the area and help us out of the goodness of their hearts. But it is hard to replace the ability to sit down face-to-face with our friends in Piggs Peak to discuss problems and work out solutions. So we are very fortunate to have a dedicated volunteer like Bev Harrison who will, once again, be travelling to Piggs Peak at his own personal expense to meet with our partners there.

 

Those of you who attended the Tyler Henderson Coffee House in December will know that we had Sewele Dlamini from Swaziland visiting Hampton over the holidays. Sewele is a brother to Mphiwa Dlamini, a Swazi member of parliament, who has been a friend of Bev’s for some time. Bev is travelling to Swaziland with Sewele on Jan 7 and returning home on February 1. While in Piggs Peak, a good deal of Bev’s time will be spent meeting our partners there and evaluating potential projects the Partnership is considering funding in 2010. A key area of our ongoing support is paying fees for high school students at Fundukuwela and Peak Central high schools.

 Some of you have heard of our new Starfish Program that allows you to create a one-to-one relationship with a student we are helping in Piggs Peak. A number of people have already signed up for the program by paying $300 for annual school fees or committing to a payment of $25 per month.

 We hope that many more folks from the Hampton area will join the program in the days ahead. Bev will be visiting the high schools in Piggs Peak, working to build student profiles, and gathering student information that we will share with our Starfish sponsors.

 

It would be extremely difficult to accomplish what Bev is doing without his presence in Piggs Peak. On behalf of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership, I want to thank Bev for his dedication and sacrifice and wish him good luck and safe travels. We expect to hear from Bev during his travels and will be passing along his findings in future articles.

If you would like to make a donation to the Partnership or would like to join our Starfish Program by sponsoring student fees, please visit our website at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or contact Mark Bettle at 832-0003.

Bev Harrison - On the ground in Piggs Peak