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  • Paola Gianturco

    Bravo, Kristin! Please tell me more about the Belize project...and about the books that feature Kenya and Ghana. We are walking parallel paths. I salute you on your important work!

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Thank you for sharing; a phenomenal project and you are helping to inspire so many others to go out and DO! Highlighting all that Grandmother's contribute not only to their own families but to the world is a very Powerful use of Story. Thank you for your perseverance & creating a book so we call all be inspired. I too collect and share stories of perseverance and potential to break stereotypes and focus on possibility rather than poverty & pity. Sold my home & possessions to create a project in Belize in 2005. This year co-created the first book in Kenya, traveling to Ghana to do the same. It's been life altering for sure. HUG from my heart to yours! Kristin

  • Paola Gianturco

    Rachel--Thanks for sharing this. TAMMACHAT introduced me to the women in Thailand who are featured in a chapter of the book and helped me organize to document their work. I have great respect for their important work!

  • Paola Gianturco

    LG--Thanks for sharing this story! I'm excited about the project and the museum exhibit by Genesis really is wonderful!

  • WomenYSK

    Love this! Thank you for sharing.

  • Paola Gianturco

    I interviewed 120 grandmothers on 5 continents. What they have in common is that they look at this troubled world of ours and think, "No! Not good enough for my beloved grandchildren." Then they get to work making it better. Grandmothers have never acted like this before....but then Boomer grandmothers (who came of age in the 1960s) know they can change the world---because they did! Others are energized because they are young: the average age for becoming a grandmother in the US today is FORTY-SEVEN!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I absolutely love your work Paola. It's inspiring and so incredible to see these womenmaking sure that the futures for their grandchildren are more promising. I myself don't know of any grandmother activists but I'm going to spread the word.

    • Paola Gianturco

      Activist grandmothers inspire me, too; I met them as my sisters (I'm a grandmother) but by the time I finished the project, they were my heroes. Thanks for spreading the word! Women who are about to retire are hunting for a way to find meaning and purpose resonate to these stories---but women in their 30's and 40's say, "Thank goodness! Now, I have something to look forward to!"

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        It really makes me think about the importance of family and carrying on your lineage so you not only have people to care for you, but you have children to inspire!

        • Mary Specter

          Yes, Family is VERY important. Grandmothers are raising their grandchildren all over the world even in the US.