Nontokozo now serves as a positive role model

Nontokozo now serves as a positive role model

“I am part of all that I have met”.

--- Alfred Tennyson

 

Many of you will remember when Nontokozo Dlamini visited Hampton from Piggs Peak a couple years ago. She left a lasting impression and, through her visit, we got an intimate feel for what life is like in Piggs Peak. It also helped build a sense of community between the people in Hampton and Piggs Peak… a feeling that we are all neighbours regardless of the physical distance that separates us.

 

When Nontokozo spoke to us in Hampton she mentioned our own John Peters Humphrey, the father of modern human rights, but said “… I will call it women’s rights. We have such a high percentage of HIV-positive in Swaziland because women do not have rights. Men do whatever they want to women. They don’t have a say. A man can go and have many women in Swaziland and come back with a disease. This man has five wives. He will spread the disease to all his five wives because the wife doesn’t have a say. He won’t use a condom when he doesn’t want to, and the wife doesn’t have a right to ask him where he has been. He just does what he wants to do. And you can imagine each of his five wives has five children and the parents die from AIDS. All of these children… 25 children... are orphans. This is why we have so many orphans in Swaziland. It’s because of the lack of women’s rights”.

 

Thanks to our help, Nontokozo now serves as a positive role model for other young women in Swaziland by pursuing her university education. I’m sure those who got to know Nontokozo will also be interested to learn she has taken another major step in her life. In an October 3 email, John Lovett writes “The wedding of Nontokozo and Abraham took place yesterday and was quite a grand affair. Nontokozo and her six bridesmaids and Abraham with his six best men arrived at my house early in the morning to get dressed up and then we drove in a convoy of half a dozen vehicles from Pigg’s Peak to Fundukuwela where the wedding took place in the assembly building. I estimated about two thousand people in attendance and the ceremony lasted for a little over five hours with music dancing and speeches. I was invited to say a few words and with Sakhele, Nontokozo’s brother, translating into si’Swati for me I wished Nontokozo and Abraham a long and happy life on behalf of all in Hampton.”

 

If you haven’t done so yet, we invite you to check out our website www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca. You will find photos; descriptions of our project areas; community events and news; letters from John Lovett; and past articles like this one. I think you will also be inspired by the YouTube video “Nontokozo speaks in Hampton” that you can link through the website.

Nontokozo now serves as a positive role model