Swazi children - They remain positive under difficult circumstances

Swazi children - They remain positive under difficult circumstances

John Lovett recently wrote to us, reminding us how we are helping the young people in Piggs Peak, Swaziland… and how much they truly deserve our help. “As I work with the children in the schools around Piggs Peak, I begin to understand the challenges they face. In Canada our children are provided with opportunities of which these children here can barely dream. They are constantly hungry, their parents or, as is more often the case with orphaned children, their guardians must struggle to pay school fees and endure the never ending struggle to feed them. Of the fifty children in my JA class at Etimphisini, sixteen are have lost their fathers, four are motherless, and seven have neither father of mother. That is a total of twenty seven out of the fifty who have lost either one or both parents. Many of these survive at a subsistence level. Yet I am always astonished to see how positive these children are able to remain under the most difficult of circumstances.

Swazi children inspire me because of their ability to face their hardships with an optimism that for most of us would be impossible. In their eyes I see the hopes and dreams that drive them to a better world. Yet so often they are disappointed. Their dreams are shattered as the leave school and find so few opportunities to use the education for which they have worked so hard. But that is no reason not to provide what little we can to enhance their lives. If we can only provide a few years of hope, perhaps this country will begin to change.”

Swazi children - They remain positive under difficult circumstances