Grandmother Partnership

"African grandmothers are central to the life of their communities.

With almost no support, they have stepped forward to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS, sometimes as many as ten to fifteen in one household.

They display astonishing reserves of love, courage, and emotional resilience, even while grieving the loss of their children."

Stephen Lewis Foundation

The goal of the Hampton - Piggs Peak Grandmother's Partnership is to help those grandmothers who are doing so much to care for the children.


Guiding Principles

  • Acknowledgement that grandmothers are agents of change
  • Working together with Mutual Respect
  • Our Purpose is to reduce poverty and alleviate suffering

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Garden Project

This is a collaborative effort between three players:

Ginny Kummer of Swaziland who generously donated 10 acres of land

Karen and Stuart Mandy of Swaziland who oversee the project

the Grandmother Parthership Committee of Hampton who are striving to raise money for start up costs.

It is envisioned the land will provide local employment and food to soup kitchens. One quarter of the space in the garden is used to grow food to be given to those in need. The remainder is used for cash crops such as lettuce and spinach to create sustainability.

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Electric Corn Grinder project

In the spring of 2013, committee member, Maureen Robichaud met in the rural outskirts of Piggs Peak a group of 10 grandmothers "under a mango tree". These women ranged in age from 52 to 89. All had young children, with no means of financial support. As a group they were asked, "How can we work together to improve this situation?".

In the fall of 2013, Bev Harrison met this same group of women, and they reported that after considerable thought, they are requesting help to raise money for the purchase of an electric corn grinder. This will help create economic sustainability for the entire village.

Women's Dinner, Fall 2012

Paola Gianturco is a photojournalist and author of five books documenting the lives of women across the globe who are making a difference in their communities.

She is helping to stop violence, injustice, and intractable problems that are devastating to families. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and has been published in major newspapers and magazines. Also, she has had solo exhibits of her photographs all across the US.

Deeply committed to global change and women's issues, she has devoted the last three years on her latest book, Grandmother Power, a Global Phenomenon, which features grandmothers in 15 countries who are fighting courageously and effectively against poverty, disease, human rights abuses, illiteracy, and disease. She is herself a vibrant grandmother who is active on the Board of the non profit GlobalGrandmothers.org

She has been so gracious to agree to an interview to share her experiences and insights for the fundraiser dinner in Hampton, NB who partnered with the town of Piggs Peak in Swaziland. The dinner is in honor of its tireless grandmothers who are caring for the many orphans and dealing with the devastation of AIDs.

Paola was asked what the term buntfu meant to her and she replied that she was more familiar with the like term "UBUNTU" meaning: "I am because you are" -- "deeper yet, we are all one"

Click here to listen to an interview with Paola 

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Apple Pie fundraiser

October 2013 Thanksgiving Pies for Sale

$8 each or 2 / $15

Details to follow for 2014

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Lettuce

Lettuce

 

Head Gardner

Head Gardner

 

Produce from garden

produce from ginnys garden

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery provided by Mike Robichaud

 

Make a Donation

If you would like to help the partnerhip, please click to link below.


Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!  

Montly or One Time donations are greatly appreciated.

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Help Wanted

If you are interested in getting involved with the Hampton - Piggs Peak Grandmother Partership, please contact"

Maureen Robichaud

Phone (506) 832-7522

Email: morobichaud2@gmail.com

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Youtube Videos

Maureen Robichaud meeting the grandmothers under a mango tree in rural area of Piggs Peak

 

Various images of helping in Macembena in Piggs Peak. Sack gardens and distributing reusable sanitary pads as made by the committee here in Hampton

 

Distributed seedlings for vegetables to be used in their individual plots.