ANNOUNCING NEW GRANDMOTHERS CAMPAIGN INITIATIVE
Join Welcome & Information Calls
Starting in September on the third Monday of every month. The Grandmothers Campaign Team here at the Stephen Lewis Foundation will host conference calls to welcome you (or a friend of yours who is curious!) to the Campaign. We’ll speak to a range of topics including, how to join a group and exciting news about the Campaign, and we’ll take questions at the end.
The next (and first!) welcome call will be on Monday, September 17th at 12:30pm EST. If you would like to participate or have any questions, contact us directly at 1-888-203-9990 ext 0 or email email@example.com.
NEWS FROM AFRICA: Tanzania Gathering
Determined and excited, 200 Tanzanian grandmothers from across the country gathered in Arusha to hammer out an agenda for change. They came together to share their experiences and expertise – and to address the challenges, heartaches and successes they have had in raising their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. . . . .
Grandmothers from around the world – including from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – have joined us in solidarity.
Learn more and read their powerful cloing statement, beginning with "Grandmothers are the pillars of our nation."
Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign Celebrates 10 Years!
Grandmothers and their community based organizations are starting to identify those human rights elements that they must now have," she said. "Land rights. Property rights. Social security. Housing. Health. Food security. All of the rights that they have been largely denied." Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Executive Director and co-founder of The Stephen Lewis Foundation
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Learn about the goals and history of the Grandmothers Campaign.
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The Globe and Mail. (2016.08.16. A11)
"The Grandmothers to Grandmothers grassroots movement isn’t your granny’s craft fair."
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"Africa has become a continent of orphans . . . as many as 13 million children have been orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Normally, family members care for children when their parents cannot but with so many orphans traditional support systems are being stretched. In the midst of this devastation, grandmothers have emerged as the 'unsung heroes' of Africa.
“When you think of these grandmothers, who bury anywhere between two and five, sometimes more, adult children to AIDS, and then get up the next morning and have anywhere from two to 10, sometimes more, orphaned children who are bewildered and angst-ridden and sometimes angry, always traumatized—and they persevere. It’s really an extraordinary story of triumph of the human spirit over adversity.”
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Birth of Grandmothers to Grandmothers (G2G) Campaign
The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. The Campaign aims to raise awareness, build solidarity and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.
African and Canadian grandmothers met in Toronto and we say, "We will not rest until you do."
“It’s quite extraordinary to see the bond that has developed between grandmothers on both sides of the ocean.
. . . . in the realms of sophistication, intelligence and fundamental human decency, nothing separates the African grandmothers from the Canadian grandmothers.”
– Stephen Lewis
To learn more about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, visit http://www.grandmotherscampaign.org/
Love of grandchildren is deep, enduring, joyful and universal.
(Photo courtesy of SLF)
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Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign Manager Stephen Lewis Foundation