More than 17,000,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Their grandmothers have stepped in to care for them, even though their health is poor and they have few resources of their own. The Stephen Lewis Foundation listened to community-based organizations and, in response, held an inaugural gathering of African and Canadian grandmothers in 2006 to hear directly from the African grandmothers and the organizations that support them. The African grandmothers spoke of their grief over the deaths of their beloved children, their enduring love and concern for their grandchildren, and their resolution to create a better future for their family and community.
The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was launched the same year with the goals of raising awareness in Canada about the AIDS pandemic and raising funds to support African grandmothers. Over the past nine years, Canadian grandmothers have embraced these goals; there are now more than 240 groups right across Canada, and we have collectively raised more than $20,000,000. The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign has created a vital link of solidarity with our African sisters and we have made a commitment that we will not rest until they can rest.
If you would like to become part of this powerful and dynamic force to support the African grandmothers, please join us. Our membership is open to women and men of all ages. We meet the first Thursday of each month (except in January, July & August) at the Riverview Community Club, 90 Ashland Ave., from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. New members are always welcome!