Earth Day - A day of reflection

Earth Day - A day of reflection

With the recent celebration of Earth Day on April 22, we should remember the importance of the Earth to the people in Hampton’s partner community of Piggs Peak, Swaziland. In a country where most people are unemployed and live in poverty, the Earth is a critical source of sustenance. A Swazi’s very existence depends on it. In Canada we enjoy the abundance provided by forests, farmlands, groves and gardens. Food is plentiful and readily available to almost everyone. However, in Piggs Peak, although the climate is conducive to growing fruits and vegetable, the people lack the basic resources to provide food for themselves. Providers and breadwinners have died so even the basic necessities for agriculture like fences, tools, seed and fertilizer are unavailable to those families with essentially zero income.

 

One of the major areas in which our Partnership is focussing is the development of garden projects in Piggs Peak. Previous editions of this article have described the success of the gardens we have initiated by providing funds for fencing, seeds, and even a rototiller to be shared within the community. Many families are now enjoying the results of their labour in the form of tomatoes, spinach, butternuts, onions and other fresh vegetables. Even the banana trees that were planted just a year ago are bearing fruit.

 

This assistance to Piggs Peak is made possible only through the generous donations of our supporters. We saw a shining example of this on Earth Day when Rosemary Wilson and Dr. A.T. Leatherbarrow Primary School undertook a fundraiser for Piggs Peak. In keeping with the theme of the day, the students wore Earth colours and each brought in one dollar to buy seeds for vegetable gardens. Our thanks go out to the students and staff at Leatherbarrow School who raised $150 for the Partnership. These funds will make a difference in the lives of children in Piggs Peak who may otherwise have gone without food. Since their inception, the gardens have achieved varying degrees of success - some vegetables have grown better than others; but in every case we have made an improvement in the quality of life in Piggs Peak. Little differences are important. Sometimes they can be the difference between life and death.

 

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.

 

Earth Day - A day of reflection