Two recent events and a heartfelt Thank You

Two recent events and a heartfelt Thank You

“I have been requested to pass on the gratitude and thanks of the families we have been able to help this Christmas. These are families - with only a meal of thin maize porridge and hungry stomachs - for whom Christmas would have been less than joyful without your generosity. I only wish you could have seen the happy smiles of appreciation and felt the warm hugs as I delivered the small but welcome gifts of food and goodies to the families… For these families, you have changed their Christmas for the better. They thank you from the depths of their hearts.

Over the past few weeks, I have also received many messages of thanks from several students you have assisted with school fees. It is with pleasure that I pass on to you and Hampton the appreciation of these young students who have taken the time to acknowledge your support.” --- John Lovett, Piggs Peak, Swaziland.

As we bask in the glow of appreciation from those we are helping in Piggs Peak, let’s look back upon a couple recent events that will allow us to provide even more help in the future. First was the “Women Supporting Women” dinner on November 27, organized by Janice Robinson, Gina McLeod, and Maureen Robichaud. Due to the success of the event (which also raised funds for Ghana’s Frankeve Centre), we will soon be proceeding with the construction of a modern latrine facility at Piggs Peak Central High School. The new building will replace the pit toilets that are currently used by the female students and provide them with a healthier, safer, and more dignified environment. But, more than that, it will help lessen the gender inequality that is a leading cause of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland.

The second event was the sixth annual Coffee House for Swaziland on December 20. A record crowd filled the Hampton High School cafeteria and were treated to an evening of extremely enjoyable musical entertainment provided by a number of talented performers, including two-time East Coast Music Award Nominee and multi-award winner, Stephanie Mainville. Thank you to all the gifted musical artists; emcees Ellen Hickey and Bradley Hache; and especially to Laura Myers who was largely responsible for organizing the event. The proceeds of the coffee house will go toward the Tyler Henderson Swaziland Scholarship of Hope, an annual scholarship awarded to students at Fundukuwela High School who best embody and inspire the spirit of hope that will lead the students and the community out from under the cloud of AIDS. This past year the scholarships were presented to four top students at FHS – Gama Nokuphila; Shongwe Lindumusa; Maseko Mbongeni; and Vilakati Cedusizi. With our help, these young men and women will be pursuing higher education at the University of Swaziland.
To learn more or make a donation, please visit our website at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or contact me, Mark Bettle, at 832-0003.


Two recent events and a heartfelt Thank You