Grandmother has always taught us to give back and to share what we have with others. We support each of the following organizations on a monthly donation, and are always looking for more ways to support incredible organizations with values that inspire us and are helping our planet and one another. Your support of Grandmother's Kitchen directly helps to support these organizations as well and we thank you sincerely for helping us all to support positive action for the health and well being of our Earth and humanity.
TreeSisters exists to elicit collective responsibility for planetary restoration at the grass roots level with a focus on women and tropical reforestation. They are growing a global network of women who donate monthly to fund the acceleration of tropical reforestation as an expression of collective planetary care.
This organization channels 80% of member donations to exemplary existing reforestation organisations in the tropics with whom they partner to restore ecosystems. The remaining 20% funds their behaviour change and consciousness shift work with women to reinstate feminine leadership, and normalise collective ownership of planetary restoration.
In 2016 TreeSisters successfully campaigned to reach 2,300 women giving monthly, funding 1 million trees annually planted in the tropics through our reforestation partners. As of October 2019, they have now funded over 6 million trees across our projects in Kenya, Madagascar, Brazil, Cameroon, Nepal and India. They have a goal to achieve the planting of 1 billion trees annually through monthly, one-time and partnership donations.
The International Council of Thirteen Grandmothers believe that ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking and healing are vitally needed today. They come together to nurture, educate and train our children. They come together to uphold the practice of ceremonies and affirm the right to use plant medicines free of legal restriction. They come together to protect the lands where their peoples live and upon which culture depend, to safeguard the collective heritage of traditional medicines, and to protect the earth Herself. They believe that the teachings of the ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.
Grandmother's Projects include:
1) Water Blessing. The Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace, which is a coalition of Indigenous leaders, Indigenous organizations, academics and like-minded people globally who wish to protect water for future generations. It is a vision from the Elders, and has the support of 60 organizations globally (at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues).
2) Seed Temple. There is a grave threat to the loss of the heritage seeds due to contamination from the genetically modified seeds through cross pollination and misguided disuse by gardeners and farmers, which equates to the ultimate threat to a sustainable food supply. Grandmother Flordemayo's non-profit foundation, The Path, collects, protects and shares food, medicinal and flower plant seeds in a naturally temperature controlled environment to protect the seeds. The Path also will administer the distribution of seeds from the Seed Temple so that future generations will be served through the use of these precious heritage seeds.
PlasicBank is stopping ocean plastic while improving the lives of those who help collect it. As of August, 2020, they have collected over 12,569,322 kg of ocean bound plastic and counting.
They build ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities, and reprocess the materials for reintroduction into the global manufacturing supply chain. Collectors receive a premium for the materials they collect to better help them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, school tuition, and health insurance. Collected material is reborn as Social Plastic® which is reintegrated into products and packaging. This creates a closed-loop supply chain while helping those who collect it.
The Penticton Community Soupateria Outreach is a volunteer based charitable organization in the eyes of Revenue Canada. Our volunteers are all ages from students in grade 7 to grandparents. Approximately 125 dedicated people from various churches and the public at large give generously of their time and talent to make this programme possible. A board of directors is elected annually and oversees the operation of the program. By-laws, guidelines, a code of conduct, and an operation manual are in place.
Our clients are a cross section of society including all ages from single mothers with children, those who may be homeless, to lonely senior citizens. Many face the challenges of unemployment, seasonally based employment, or fixed incomes. Some are dealing with physical, emotional, or mental challenges. Anyone in need may come to be fed with no personal questions asked.
In 2015 during that period, the Soupateria served over 43,000 nutritious meals at an average cost of $3.00 per serving. Occasionally a Registered Nurse from Interior Health drops in to facilitate easy access to health care. Anyone seeking shelter is connected with another agency. Yearly costs are over $100,000. Every dollar counts and is used wisely!
Meal on Wheels America