Letter from Nonhlanhla Dlamini

Letter from Nonhlanhla Dlamini

Nonhlanhla Dlamini lost both of her parents when she was quite young, has no siblings, and now lives with an aunt. John Lovett tells us before she received the support of Hampton she felt quite alone in the world; it makes a huge difference for her to know that there are people in the world who care about her. (In the letter below, “Mkhulu”, or “grandfather”, is a term of affection for John. Donna and Larry are the Veniots from Hampton.)


Donna & Larry, Mkhulu and All the People in Hampton, Canada,

I am writing this letter with a face of joy and happiness. When my parents died I thought that the world and my life were gone. I don't know really what words to say about what you have done for me.

First of all Hampton paid my school fees which was a big surprise that I did not believe when it happened. I thought my schooling was ended. Then when Donna and Larry came to Swaziland you took us to KFC where we enjoyed ourselves so much because I had not been there before. Then the trip to Bulembu was another surprise. When we went to the Orion, I did not believe it and I was so excited about what I saw. Everything was new to me. I felt that I was entering heaven and I could eat everything I wanted to. If you saw me now you would be shocked because I am now fatter than I was before.

I must not forget to thank you Donna and Larry as well as Kern, for buying my new school bag and teckies and uniform. Now I am the same like other students and no one can see that I don't have parents like other students because when you were here you were like parents to me. I will also like to thank you for the glasses; I can study much better now. As for the beautiful watch that you gave me, I don't get late for school now.

I promise you that I will not let you down. I want to finish school and be a nurse so that I can help other people. I promise to study very hard. Mkhulu tells me that a lady in Canada wanted to help a student in Swaziland just after he had asked for me to be one of the Hampton students. I don't know the lady's name but I want to thank her so much. I would have to stop schooling without her help. Mkhulu told me the story about the starfish and tells me that I am her starfish.

Thank you so much for everything, you are so wonderful and I will always remember you. I wish you may come back to Swaziland when I am older so that you can see what I have been able to become because of what you did for me.

I say all this with love.

Nonhlanhla Dlamini.

Letter from Nonhlanhla Dlamini