Our Starfish students speak out to us

Our Starfish students speak out to us

The vision of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership is to alleviate the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland by providing help, hope and opportunity for a better future… on person at a time. A key element of our strategy in achieving this goal is our Starfish Program which allows you to sponsor a child’s education in Piggs Peak. To date, we have 40 sponsored students and we are extremely grateful to those generous people in Hampton who are providing an education that would otherwise be unavailable.

 

Our intention is to facilitate a relationship between student and sponsor by opening the channels of communication between Piggs Peak and Hampton. That has been a challenge to say the least. We have been told by Karen Mandy that letters from the Starfish students have been sent in the mail; however, they have yet to arrive in Hampton. My personal experience with the mail service between Swaziland and Canada is that the transit can sometimes take many weeks, if not months! In the meantime, we asked Karen to gather some excerpts from the students; copy them; and send them via email, which she has done. (Karen is the pastor at Christian Life Centre church and an extremely valuable asset in our partnership). I have included a couple of messages below. The first one recognizes the duration between correspondences (although it may be a slight exaggeration). The second is a good representation of the expressions of thanks and blessings we have received from many of the high school students in Piggs Peak.

 

“Even though I think it had taken centuries since we last got in contact, even if we may want to drop you a line, it still is difficult. But I think a few words written down can do it. We are feeling grateful for everything you are doing for us and what you’ve done for us too. Thank you so much. May blessings fall upon you.” (Nomcebo Dlamini)

 

“I am very grateful about the sponsorship you gave us and now we are able to achieve our goals. As we know that education is a key to success we try to put more effort and not to disappoint you. I wish you all the best in life and God may bless you all. Also I am taking opportunity to thank you very much about the uniforms you bought us… be blessed” (Bongani Dlamini)

 

We are half way to our goal of having sponsors for each of our current 80 students. The cost is $25 per month. If you are interested in becoming a Starfish sponsor, please visit our website at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca and click on the Starfish logo. Alternatively, you can call our Starfish coordinator, Carl MacKenzie, at 832-2704 or me, Mark Bettle, at 832-0003.

Our Starfish students speak out to us