Grass root aid makes the difference in Piggs Peak

Grass root aid makes the difference in Piggs Peak

In recent weeks there has been a flurry of media attention on the effectiveness of development aid, sparked in part by the recently published book “Dead Aid” by Dambisa Moyo. The author asserts that aid to Africa is doing more harm than good by fuelling corruption. Whether or not this is true is subject to debate. However, in public discussion, Moyo has made it clear she is not criticizing humanitarian relief and grassroots aid but rather large scale transfers between governments.

 

It is precisely because we provide grassroots aid that makes the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership effective. The specific needs in the community of Piggs Peak are identified by the very people with the need and 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to projects to meet those needs. The many letters we have received from students at Fundukuwela and Piggs Peak Central High Schools are clear evidence that we are making a positive difference in the lives of the children in Piggs Peak. Right now we are fortunate to have Laura and Chris in Piggs Peak… and close to the grass roots there. Within only a few days of arriving in Swaziland, Laura and Chris had visited the two schools where we are paying school fees for 70 students.

 

In a recent email Laura tells us she has taught a few classes and during one session the students had an opportunity to ask some questions. “The questions kept coming for an hour!  They asked me about schools in Canada and one brave girl asked me if we had a problem with HIV and AIDS in Canada.  It was great because it gave me a chance to talk about abstinence and condom use.  I asked them to tell my why young people have unprotected sex when they know about the risks of HIV and AIDS and one girls put up her hand and answered, “Stupidity”…I also asked them why they think that education is important.  Their answers were, ‘to prevent poverty’, ‘to give us hope for our future’, ‘to give me a better life’.  Our students could learn a lesson from these Swazi students.” We look forward to hearing more from Laura and Chris in the days ahead.

 

The work we are doing in Piggs Peak would not be possible without the donations and fundraising activities of the people in Hampton. Thank you to Janice Dalton and the staff and students at Hampton Middle School who raised $1,000 at a recent Dance-a-Thon in support of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership.

 

Finally, congratulations to Ann Bisson who had the winning ticket in the raffle for Sue Hooper’s artwork. Thanks to Sue’s talent and generosity we raised over $660 through this fundraiser.

 

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

 

Grass root aid makes the difference in Piggs Peak