Nontokozo Mazibuko - A girl selling Corn - Coincidence or Destiny

Nontokozo Mazibuko - A girl selling Corn - Coincidence or Destiny

Providing children in Piggs Peak with the opportunity to attend school is one of the most important things we can do to carry out the mission of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership. Studies have shown that young people in Swaziland who attend school are much less likely to engage in sexual activity – the leading cause of the spread of HIV. But, more than that, an education in Swaziland gives young people a reason to hope. Hope for a better future. Hope that they will be able to break out of the cycle of poverty and despair that creates an environment for the proliferation of AIDS.

 

In 2010 our Partnership is paying fees for 76 high school students in Piggs Peak – 46 at Fundukuwela and 30 at Peak Central. The process used to select the students is fairly thorough in identifying the neediest young people who are likely to benefit from our assistance. However, in one particular case, we went outside “the system”.

 

During Bev Harrison’s recent travels in and around Piggs Peak he encountered a young girl alongside the road selling corn. The girl told Bev that she was trying to raise money for school fees because her family was too poor to pay them. Bev could not help but be touched by the girl’s plight and, before moving on, gave her some money to help her out.

 

A couple days later Bev was at Fundukuwela High School meeting candidates for our support. As Bev was finishing, he was approached by a girl in a tattered uniform who introduced herself as Nontokozo Mazibuko. At first Bev did not recognize her as the same girl he had met alongside the road selling corn. The headteacher confirmed to Bev that she was unable to pay this year’s school fees and would be sent home.

 

Who knows why Bev and this girl were brought together on the roadside. But, if they had not, there is no doubt the girl would be facing a different future… because Bev made the decision on the spot that this girl would be added our list of children. You may remember we had a great success in supporting another Nontokozo who visited Hampton not that long ago. Nontokozo Dlamini was one of the first children we sponsored at Fundukuwela High School and is now thriving at the University of Swaziland. She is also repaying our support by helping us administer some of our current support program in Piggs Peak. Our new Nontokozo - Nontokozo Mazibuko - is now one of our Starfish children with a sponsor in Hampton. With our help perhaps she will pull herself up to the level of her namesake. That is OUR hope.

 

For further information regarding our Partnership or to make a donation, please visit our website at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or contact Mark Bettle at 832-0003. Be sure to check out the link to our Starfish Program.

Nontokozo Mazibuko - A girl selling Corn - Coincidence or Destiny