Her name is Nomphumelelo

Her name is Nomphumelelo

Bev Harrison has arrived in Swaziland and is spending most of his time interviewing the students in Piggs Peak for whom we will be paying school fees for the upcoming year. Hampton is well known in Piggs Peak as their sister community that is paying fees for students who would otherwise be unable to attend school. As a result, upon Bev’s arrival, there was a line up of parents and students asking to be put on Hampton’s list. One such case is described by Karen Mandy:

 

“Her name is Nomphumelelo and she is in Form 4 at PCH. Last year her father passed away, leaving her with her step-mum who, shortly afterwards, also passed away. She then went to her aunt. Despite all this, she passed last year with a 1st - getting an A in Eng Lang and B in Lit (both of which impressed me!) This year her aunt chased her from the house without even her uniform. What is awesome is that one of the teachers has taken her in for now and they've found her a uniform - just the school fees left.”

 

Unfortunately, not all our stories can have a happy ending. As things stand, we are unable to put Nomphumelelo on our list. Based on current students, the total cost of their fees will be in excess of $40,000 and even that commitment is a leap of faith as these funds are not currently available. You can appreciate Bev’s most difficult task is telling the many deserving candidates that we are only able to support a limited number.

 

Bev will soon be meeting with the mayor and council of Piggs Peak for the official signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Hampton, Town of Piggs Peak, and the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership Committee. Although our Partnership has been in place for a few years, this agreement officially lays out some broad principles and guidelines for sustainable cooperation between our communities. The document was signed in Hampton at a small ceremony at the Mayor’s Levee on January 1 where Dr. John Quinn was also recognized for his many years of service to the people of Hampton. This is noteworthy because it was John who first committed to pay for the education of a student in Piggs Peak throughout high school. You may recognize this as the genesis of the Starfish Program by which the education of about 50 students is now paid. John continues to be a Starfish sponsor, demonstrating that his service to community extends beyond the boundaries of Hampton to our neighbours in Piggs Peak.

 

If you would like to make a donation or assist a student like Nomphumelelo by helping pay school fees, we have made it possible through our Starfish Program. Please visit our website www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca (click the link to Starfish Program) or contact me, Mark Bettle, at 832-0003 or Carl MacKenzie at 832-2704.

 

Her name is Nomphumelelo