For my 12th birthday, I want......

For my 12th birthday, I want......

“For my 12th birthday I want… I want… I want a young girl like me to be able to go to school in Swaziland.” That’s not the typical wish list for an 11-year old girl in Hampton but it was for Emma Pelham. For her 12th birthday this September, instead of asking for presents, Emma asked for money that could be used to sponsor a Starfish student in Piggs Peak. And with the fulfillment of her unselfish request, Emma has donated the $300 necessary to pay annual school admission fees for Nokwanda Masimula, a 14-year old girl who will be going into Form 1 (Grade 8) next year.

 Nokwanda wants to be an accountant. This is a dream that could not be fulfilled without an education. More specifically, it is a dream that could not be fulfilled without Emma’s generous donation. Emma has made a small difference in our battle against the impact of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. But she has made an enormous change in the life of Nokwanda. Thank you, Emma, for joining us in our mission to provide help, hope, and opportunity to our neighbours in Piggs Peak… one person at a time.

 

In Piggs Peak high school admission fees vary according to the school year but, on average, it works out to about $300 per year. Through our Starfish Program a sponsor like Emma commits to making this payment and establishes a relationship with a specific student we will be supporting. This has been a very important program to date and has been instrumental in allowing us to continue to grow our student sponsorship. Furthermore, committing to sponsoring someone now will allow us to determine how many students we will be able to support in the school year starting January 2012.

 

The Starfish Program is now two years old and we are continuing to fine tune it to meet the objectives of the Partnership. After discussions with some sponsors, we have decided to make a change for next year’s program by implementing a two tier sponsorship. We are doing this because, although $300 covers school admission fees for one year, additional costs for exam fees and uniforms amount to an additional $150 per year. The Partnership now pays these costs out of general funds. In the future a sponsor will have the option to pay $450 per year and cover all education costs. We will be explaining this more fully in the weeks ahead.

 

Transparency is very important to the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership so I would be happy to share the specific details of all school fees with anyone who requests them. I am always eager to answer any other questions you may have.

 

Please help by sponsoring a student in Piggs Peak by visiting our website www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or contacting me at 832-0003 or our Starfish Coordinator, Carl MacKenzie, at 832-2704.  If Emma can do so can you. Wouldn’t it make a fantastic birthday gift?

For my 12th birthday, I want......