A Call To Action – Make the world a better place

July 18 was Mandela Day in honour of Nelson Mandela, described as “a call to action for individuals everywhere – to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time…” It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. Mandela Day celebrates the idea that every individual has the ability to change the world… to make an impact!
This past Spring, Hampton was honoured to be visited by Siyabulela Mandela, the great grandson of Nelson Mandela. Siyabulela Mandela is an internationally-recognized academic and activist who has delivered papers and talks related to activism, development, peace, reconstruction and conflict resolution.
While in Hampton, Siyabulela spoke to the younger generation, saying, “it is our responsibility to not stand idle when a lot of injustices are happening in different parts of the world. It is our collective responsibility to rise against such injustices, to rise against hate… crime… discrimination… racism, anything and everything that divides us as a human race for there are those among us whose intention it is to divide us in order to rule us.”
Clearly, the common theme in the messages of Nelson Mandela and his great-grandson is to make the world a better place. Perhaps less clear is the call to “action”. They are saying that isn’t enough to stand idly by, providing criticism of the current state of affairs and simply condemning the actions of politicians or corporations on social media. What is required is a positive act; to have an impact; to make the world a better place.
That may seem like an overwhelming task. But the good news is that it can be done “one small step at a time.” That concept resonates with the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership as we provide an education for young people in Swaziland, providing an opportunity for a better future… one person at a time.
Nelson Mandela continues to inspire the Partnership and motivates us to do more to try to make the world a better place. Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Thank you to the people in the Hampton area who are taking action by paying for school fees in Piggs Peak. By doing so, we are changing the world.
A reminder to mark Aug 17 on your calendar for the 11th annual Concert by the Creek. This year, we are excited to have a headliner who is sure to knock your socks off!! Stay tuned at www.facebook.com/hamptonpiggspeak for more details.
For more information on the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership, contact me, Mark Bettle, at markbettle1@gmail.com .

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