The Peppercorn Foundation was founded by the Munich entrepeneur Dr. Bernard Essmann and his wife Julia. At the age of 40, the businessman sold his firm so that he could support orphans in southern Africa. The couple were confronted with these children’s living conditions when they spent a year in South Africa with their children in 2009. They were particularly moved by the fate of orphans whose parents had died of AIDS. In Africa they are termed the “lost generation”and urgently need not only food and medicine but, first and foremost, people to whom they can relate, who care for them. The Peppercorn organisation has set itself the task of supporting affected village communities in Africa that adopt the children. Peppercorn is an intermediary between the children in Africa, the projects there and people in Germany who want to help. Partner on the African side is children’s aid organisation “Hands at Work in Africa”.
In partnership with the Peppercorn Foundation, EAC supports a village project in Chibote, Zambia. All the means donated by EAC are sent directly to Africa without deductions for administrative costs. About 20 million children in Africa have to live with the loss of their parents to AIDS. Disease, hunger and a lack of education are for them the sad reality of life. Since 2012 the Peppercorn Foundation has been supporting 100 children in Chibote with regular house visits and providing them with a hot meal. The Foundation also enables the children to go to school by covering the costs for school materials and teachers’ salaries.
For more about the Peppercorn Foundation and Chibote visit www.peppercorn-stiftung.de