They take little for granted

They take little for granted

As the evenings start to cool in Hampton, many of us with children are starting to think of the approaching school year. However, in Piggs Peak the school year runs from January to December and winter there is just coming to an end. Their third term begins on September 8 at which point the final instalment of school fees are due. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, particularly our Starfish sponsors, we will be able to make the necessary payments and ensure that all of our 80 students will be able to complete their school year.

 

Although receiving direct communication from our students is a challenge, our friend John Lovett regularly tells us the importance of what we are doing in allowing these young people to attend school. A recent email in which John compares the students in Swaziland with wealthy students in Dubai is a prime example. He writes:

 

“I’d like to share part of a letter from my son in Dubai where he teaches at a college for wealthy Arab students. ‘The semester is winding down and I have just 2 more teaching days left, then lots of exam stuff. Good thing, the students are getting way too annoying – and sooo much complaining: headache, tired, feel sick, don't want to study today, need a day off, too hot, too cold, did too much work, want to watch a movie today instead of work, need to leave class for 1 hour to make a phone call, etc.’

“What a difference to my kids here in Swaziland. Last Saturday I had 50 students who had voluntarily come to school that morning even though some had difficulty in finding the bus fare while others had walked several kilometres. It was another session of the Junior Achiever’s Programme... It is most rewarding to watch them grow in self confidence and I was able to sit back as they took turns in presenting various solutions in a manner that was a pleasure to see... It is kids like these that give me confidence in the future of this country. The kids are the future and I wonder if the spoiled students my son describes will ever grow into responsible adults. …My kids have never experienced the privileges that come with affluence. They take very little for granted and grasp the few opportunities that come their way. Providing they are given the chance they will change this country for the better.”

 

The people in Hampton are giving the students in Piggs Peak the chance they need. As 2010 winds down and the Swazi school year comes to an end, we are faced with deciding how many students we will be able to support in 2011. Hopefully we will be able to continue the trend of increasing the number each and every year. Your donation or commitment to our Starfish program can make that possible. Please visit our website www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or call me, Mark Bettle at 832-0003.

They take little for granted