Fresh water - Simple items that we take for granted

Fresh water - Simple items that we take for granted

In an earlier edition of this article I wrote about Tenele Matsebula, an orphaned girl in Piggs Peak. Tenele lives with her cousin Lungile and, even though she is only eleven years old, acts as a surrogate mother to Lungile’s handicapped child. John Lovett knows the situation well and had expressed concern that, without help, Tenele would be caught up in the cycle of despair and disease that pervades Swaziland. I am happy to report that, since that time, Tenele has returned to school and, according to John, was “looking smart in her new uniform”.

 

In a more recent email, John tells us that Tenele is doing very well at school but “has been ill with a very bad skin rash undoubtedly caused by washing in and drinking the water from the polluted stream at Macambeni.  Fresh drinking water is available from a single tap to the eight hundred or so inhabitants of the village, but only a handful can afford to pay the E20.00 a month for the few litres a day they are allowed.”

 

Macambeni is one of the most impoverished settlements in Piggs Peak. The Piggs Peak Partnership is assessing some projects there, among them drilling a bore hole and getting a hand pump installed to supply potable water. We are pursuing this as best we can but, beyond the cost of the project, there is considerable red tape to deal with. Our other associate in Piggs Peak, Karen Mandy, has recently met with Town Council on this matter and we await her progress report. Dealing with issues such as this from 13,000 kilometers away is always a challenge but we have good friends in Swaziland working on our behalf and for that we are grateful.

 

Our dear friend, John, took Tenele to the doctor and has given her temporary residence where she has regular and nutritious meals. “I paid a mother to come in and give her a warm bath which has helped to ease the discomfort of the rash. I don’t think Tenele has ever experienced such a luxury. She is beginning to respond to good food, regular baths in clean water and continues to study diligently with her school work.” A doctor friend of John’s was concerned that her rash might be a sign of HIV/AIDS as this is a common symptom among those who are infected. I am glad to say that Tenele tested negative.

 

Young Tenele holds a special place in our hearts and we will certainly monitor her progress. We are making a difference in her life and others in Piggs Peak. There is much more we can do with your support. 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.

 

Fresh water - Simple items that we take for granted