Starfish Program on the ground in Piggs Peak

Starfish Program on the ground in Piggs Peak

  

At the time of this writing, Bev Harrison has just returned from his trip to Swaziland. Much of Bev’s time over the past three weeks was spent in the town of

 

Piggs Peak on behalf of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership. In the early part of Bev’s trip he spent time with the Town Council and received a proposal from them regarding the nature of a relationship they would like to formalize with Hampton Council. Over the past 4 or 5 years, both Piggs Peak and Hampton Councils have been supportive of the work being done by the Partnership. They have also expressed a mutual interest in formalizing the relationship between our towns and exploring areas of mutual cooperation to advance the partnership’s mission. We look forward to expanding the Council-to-Council relationship as part of The Partnership.

 

 Bev has also spent a good deal of time with our key colleagues in Piggs Peak, Karen Mandy and John Lovett. Together they have been scoping out potential new projects that will help alleviate the impact of HIV/AIDS in Piggs Peak. Over the next few weeks we will be prioritizing these projects and evaluating them in light of the funds that will be available to support them.

 

Perhaps Bev’s greatest success while in Piggs Peak was the result of his meetings with the students who require financial assistance at Peak Central and Fundukuwela Highs Schools. Bev had the opportunity to meet with all these students, take their photographs, and obtain their pertinent background information. He was also able to organize a few key individuals who will be responsible for monitoring and reporting the status of the students on an ongoing basis. This information will be passed along to the student’s Starfish sponsor in Hampton.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Bev has indicated that there are many worthy projects to be considered for 2010. He was especially moved by some “pathetic situations” among the youth in Piggs Peak. So this year we have decided to expand our financial support for school fees for needy students. But since we don’t currently have all the funds we will need to meet our commitment, we are taking a leap of faith. Our faith is in the people of Hampton and your willingness to align yourself with our mission - to reduce the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland by providing help, hope and opportunity for a better future… one person at a time. Please consider joining our Starfish Program and making your own commitment to pay one child’s school fees for one year.

 

For further information regarding the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership or to make a donation, please visit our website at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or contact Mark Bettle at 832-0003. For any questions related to the Starfish Program, contact Mark or Carl MacKenzie, Starfish Program Coordinator, at 832-2704.

Starfish Program on the ground in Piggs Peak