In 2005 a group of Nanaimo women were deeply moved hearing about the plight of the grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa from Stephen Lewis.
”The AIDS pandemic has left millions of children orphaned by AIDS. Without hesitation or complaint, Africa’s grandmothers have stepped in to care for them. In fact, in many countries throughout southern Africa it is estimated that 40% to 60% of orphans live in grandmother-headed households. After burying their own adult children, they take on the responsibility of caring for their grieving grandchildren, often with little or no support and while coping with their own deteriorating health…”
These women decided to become involved in the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Gogo means grandmother in Zulu, so they called themselves NanGo Grannies and became part of the inspiration that led to the formation of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
Nango Grannies - 2020
We are an informal group from many different backgrounds with many different talents. Since the beginning, we have raised money in many different ways: garage sales, beer and burgers, Chair Affair and African Markets. See our events page for more details.
New members and new ideas are always welcome. We are passionate about our cause, and like to have fun while we fund-raise!
The 2019 NanGo Grannies Annual Giant Fabric Sale a Huge Success
21st September 2019
The Nanaimo Curling Club
Our annual Giant Fabric Sale continues to be the NanGo's most popular annual fund raiser and we continually receive inquiries looking for confirmation that it will be repeated in future years.
All funds raised go to support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation which supports the Grandmothers in Africa Campaign.
Once again, the support for this event was outstanding: Thanks to workers & volunteers, people who donated material and related goods, and of course the many bargain hunters who came to buy and support the cause. Thanks to all that made all this happen.
This year's Giant Fabric Sale raised a record $8,740.21 for The Stephen Lewis Foundation.
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