Tenele - A prime example

Tenele - A prime example

In a recent email from Piggs Peak, John Lovett tells us about some of the children we are trying to help. “Nomphumelelo and Lunga Makhonta are a girl and boy of five and nine respectively living in squatter's quarters in Macambeni.  Their father died a few years ago and their mother is HIV Positive and very ill. The children are as healthy as one might expect given their diet and environment but it is very possible that they will be orphans within a year. They live on handouts from neighbours and scavenging the rubbish dumps.  Lunga has been doing very well at school but would not be able to attend next year without our help.  When talking to his five year old sister, Nomphumelelo, one could easily mistake her for a nine year old although she is tiny for her age. She is very bright and will be starting primary school in January. “

 

“I have also made a commitment to getting Tenele back to school in January. I wrote about her in a recent newsletter.  As difficult as it may be to support these children, it would take someone with a heart of stone to turn them away.  It is the children who demonstrate a commitment to their education and work hard at school, the ones with no other means available, that we must support.  They are the ones at ground zero in the battle against poverty and AIDS and I believe by supporting these children we can help them break out of the hopeless cycle.”

 

“It is rewarding to see how well the students we have supported over the past year are doing at school. All are in the top twenty five percent of their respective classes. These children are remarkable given their circumstances. All have lost at least one parent and all live in extreme poverty. Some have missed several years of school due to lack of funds, yet they have the will and determination to succeed and improve the quality of their lives, and even though they may be behind by a year or so, they are making it to the top.”

 

“Although there are way too few children we are able to support, I sincerely believe that we are radically reducing the likelihood of these children repeating the cycle of poverty and AIDS.  Tenele is a prime example.  In her present environment it is highly probable that she would become pregnant before she reached fifteen and doomed to a life of poverty and, at worst, to contracting AIDS.  With our support she has a chance for a better life. Without proper care, these children are extremely vulnerable.  To my mind this is where the frontline of the battle against AIDS must be fought.  There is no cure in sight for AIDS but there are many measures we can take to prevent it.  I believe this is one.”

 

Tenele - A prime example