Macambeni is one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Piggs Peak, where are located most of Designing Hope’s activities in Swaziland.

Macambeni, Eswatini

Since 2017, with the support of The Ivory Foundation, the association has been developing, with its local partner Fundzisa Live, a pedagogical garden with multiple goals: training local women in sustainable farming techniques, and providing fresh vegetables to improve the meals distributed to the orphans (most of them being HIV-positive orphans) that are welcomed daily in a local crèche supported by the municipality. Another part of the production of this garden is intended for the weakest HIV patients from the  hospital of Piggs Peak, in complement of a monthly food parcel distributed by the association.

This distribution is also conditional on the participation of beneficiaries in agroecology training courses on the garden. The most motivated patients can also be accompanied by the association to develop their own vegetable garden if they have acces to some land.

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  • Discover below the last posts from Macambeni !

Distribution of food parcels to Piggs Peak hospital

Every month, Designing Hope and its local partner Fundzisa Live distribute food parcels to the most vulnerable HIV-positive patients treated at Piggs Peak Hospital. They benefit from this programme for 6 months, in order to strengthen their natural defences.

The garden of Macambeni, winner of the Raja Awards 2020

Cyrille Varet, president of Dessine l’Espoir, presents the Macambeni garden project, winner of the Raja Awards 2020.

Macambeni Community Garden and impact on the neighbourhood – Piggs peak, Eswatini

Macambeni is one of the most underprivileged areas of Piggs Peak, a town north of Estwatini. It is here that the association Dessine l’Espoir, with the support of The Ivory Foundation and its local partner Fundzisa Live, has chosen to … Read More

The August crops of Macambeni garden

It’s winter in Southern Africa . At the Macambeni Community Garden, temperatures range from 10 degrees at night to 20 degrees during the day in August.  The days are therefore quite sunny while the nights are rather cool. In this … Read More

The Macambeni garden

The Macambeni community garden, made available to Designing Hope by the Piggs Peak town council in 2017, celebrates its 3rd anniversary! It is maintained by six women from Fundzisa Live support group in order to sensitize the inhabitants of the … Read More

Food distribution at the hospital

As every month, parcels containing vegetables and basic ingredients are distributed to support the HIV positive patients who need it most at Piggs Peak Hospital. The distribution plays an important role in helping the weakest patients regain their strength by … Read More

The garden of Macambeni, Eswatini

Macambeni is one of the most underprivileged neighborhoods of Piggs Peak, a city located north of the Eswatini River. It is here that the association Dessine l’Espoir, with the support of The Ivory Foundation and its local partner Fundzisa Live, … Read More

Distribution of food packages at Piggs Peak Hospital

Designing Hope funds each month the distribution of 30 “baskets” at the Piggs Peak hospital consisting mainly of vegetables, partially produced by Designing Hope at Macambeni garden, on the outskirts of Piggs Peak. These baskets are intended for targeted HIV-positive … Read More

Transplanting seedlings in Macambeni garden

The women are busy planting the vegetables grown in the greenhouse on the Macambeni garden. The Mandala Garden is also ready for new crops. It has been covered with a layer of mulch to keep the culture beds moist.

Traditional meals using vegetables from the garden

Within the projects supported by Designing Hope, women are invited to cook vegetables from the garden during group activities. This is an opportunity to encourage families to improve their nutrition. At Fundzisa Live’ support group, the women take turns preparing … Read More

Hospital’s seedlings

New seedlings are being prepared in the Designing Hope’s greenhouse at Piggs Peak Hospital. They will be send to the Macambeni garden in a few weeks …

Food distribution in Macamabeni Creche

With the support of The Ivory Foundation, Designing Hope supports the Macambeni crèche, and improve the meals of its 20 disadvantaged children with vegetables produced in the garden. Depending on the season and the yield, a supplement is delivered every Monday … Read More

Official visit at Macambeni

The First Secretary of the French Embassy in Mozambique and the Honorary Consul of France in Swaziland went to Piggs Peak to visit the projects supported by the association. Among these, the Macambeni garden, and the crèche supported by the association.

Distribution of food parcels

Like every month, twice a week, Fundzisa Live’s women distribute food parcels to the most vulnerable people at Piggs Peak Hospital.

Planting trees in Macambeni

New trees were planted by the women of Fundzisa Live with the support of the Raja Foundation on the Macambeni Garden. An assortment of fertile trees and fruit trees has been put in place.

Greenhouse seedling preparation

New seedlings were prepared in the nursery at Piggs Peak in Swaziland to provide both the Macambeni Gardens and school gardens supported by Dessine l’Espoir.

New planks of culture on the terrace

The women of Fundzisalive in charge of the garden of Macambeni have prepared new terraced beds of culture in the garden.

Maintenance of the Macambeni Garden – Creation of new planks

The Macambeni Garden has required a lot of work to make it workable, given its sloping configuration. The women of Fundzisa Live work together every week to create new terracing cultivation beds. They also mix fertile and less fertile soil, … Read More

Swaziland – Garden Hospital

The hospital allowed us to increased the size of Designing Hope’s demonstration garden, which allowed us to set up a greenhouse to grow plants, without reducing the surface of the garden grown for the vegetables.

First “One House One Garden”

The women of Fundzisa Live installed the first garden of the “One House One Garden” program. 25 beneficiaries have been identified and will be offered a 25m2 plot of land allowing them to develop a vegetable garden protected from raving … Read More

Preparing meals with vegetables from the garden of macambeni

Macambeni garden vegetables are used to complement the meals served to the children of the day nursery, which welcomes orphaned children in the neighborhood.

Peppers harvest !

The children of the Macambeni day orphanage today participated in the pepper harvest in the garden! They will be cooked for them this afternoon as an accompaniment to cornmeal.

Distribution of food parcels

Every month, Fundzisa Live’s women organize the distribution of food parcels to support the weakest HIV-positive patients. Green vegetables from the Macambeni Garden run by the association with support from the Raja Foundation and The Ivory Foundation, are also included … Read More

Greenhouse Construction – Piggs Peak Hospital

In October 2018, we set up, with the support of the Raja Foundation, a greenhouse to grow seedlings on 3 levels on a small space, that can be distributed to HIV patients in the hospital supported by Designing Hope. These … Read More

Macambeni – A well kept garden

The Macambeni garden has become a real model for the inhabitants of the neighborhood. this wasteland has become an extremely well-kept, fertile garden, producing vegetables for the most disadvantaged. Watering is done by hand, drawing water from a wet area … Read More

Beneficiaries of the Piggs Peak Food Program

The beneficiaries of the Piggs Peak Patient Support Program were selected on medical and social criteria. A large proportion are women, as they still make up the majority of people on HIV treatment (women are required to be screened during … Read More

Natural barriers in Macambeni Garden

Chya is really adapting well to Swaziland! The cuttings of the Fundzisa Live garden have become extremely dense shrubs, allowing more than a hundred cuttings to be harvested. We have replanted some of these cuttings along the fence of the … Read More

Recyled cans transformed into flowers

These flowers were made with cut cans, with the children of Macambeni, to decorate their playroom. In Swaziland there is no recycling. Plastic bottles and cans often find themselves burned in a corner of the garden, or village. As long … Read More

Children visit at Macambeni garden

One of the objectives of the Macambeni Garden is to produce fresh vegetables for the social preschool, which is home to orphans and underprivileged children, and offers them a hot meal every day. The children are invited to visit the … Read More

Distribution of peppers and spinach from the garden

This month, Macambeni Garden’s production was used to distribute peppers and spinach to patients at Piggs Peak Hospital, in addition to basics purchased from the supermarket and local producers.  

Preparation of new garden beds in Macambeni

The Macambeni Garden has been a real challenge for Fundzisa Live and Designing Hope. located on a sloping ground, a flat part, the most accessible, was digged several years ago, the fertile soil being then removed. Long-term work was then … Read More

Continuous culture

In order to produce vegetables regularly both for the Macambeni Nursery and for the hospital, Fundzisa Live’s women produce seedlings continuously in their nursery. This makes it possible to have vegetables at different stages of maturity, always ready to be … Read More

Vegetable Distributions to HIV+ Patients at Piggs Peak Hospital

Since 2005, Dessine l’Espoir has been supporting HIV-positive patients at Piggs Peak Hospital. For 13 years, the association has been distributing with the local relay of Fundzisa Live, snacks (sandwich and fruit) to the HIV patients of the hospital during … Read More

Food service at Macambeni Center

One of the goals of the Macambeni Garden is to provide fresh vegetables to complement the meals served to children at the Orphan Day Care Center in this disadvantaged neighborhood. Elderly women in the neighborhood are in charge of preparing … Read More

Drawings with the children of Macambeni

The children of the Macambeni center made drawings for the children of the Bercy preschool , as part of the “communicating classes” program, creating exchanges between educational gardens.   These drawings will be given to the children of the Bercy … Read More

First harvest at Macambeni garden

The first harvest of peppers from the Macambeni Garden was offered to the Macambeni day care center in charge of the neighborhood orphans. Designing Hope and Fundzisa Live started the Macambeni garden with 2 objectives: – Provide vegetable for the … Read More

Macambeni garden is changing!

After several weeks of work, the women of the Fundzisa Live association have completed the preparation of the cultivation beds in the Macambeni Garden.   EnregistrerEnregistrer

A nursery for Macambeni garden needs

In order to quickly produce vegetables in the garden, a nursery has been set up in the office of Fundzisa Live Association, located near Macambeni. The plants can be grown with better control of the watering needs, and with better … Read More

Soil preparation at Macambeni Garden

The Macambeni Garden, made available by the city of Piggs Peak to Fundzisa Live, the local partner of Designig Hope in Piggs Peak, presented a challenge in terms of soil preparation. Indeed, this sloping ground had been digged on part … Read More


Macambeni is the name of one of the most disadvantaged districts of Piggs Peak, a city in which Dessine l’Espoir has been developing activities since 2005.In 2017, the city hall of Piggs Peak has given to the association, the management … Read More

Nursery in Swaziland

Fundzisa Live’s garden now hosts the nursery that supplies the various gardens around Piggs Peak Macambeni Garden, Piggs Peak Hospital Garden, and the school gardens, in addition to the local nurseries allready in place in each school. The seedlings are … Read More