Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
African Grandmothers: Leading the Way
African grandmothers are central to the Life of their communities. They teach about HIV prevention and treatment, harvest the crops and create income-generating programmes. They form support groups and deliver succour and hope through home-based care. African grandmothers have stepped in to care for orphaned grandchildren, putting them through school and helping them through the loss of their parents, even as they work through their own grief.
In the face of discrimination based on sex, age and HIV status, and with few resources, they are courageous advocates for their families and communities. Their collective voice is growing stronger—pressing for their human rights and a hopeful future. In the context of the AIDS pandemic, they are the undeniable experts.
The Grandmothers Campaign in Canada: Acts of Solidarity
The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in 2006, with just a few groups. In 8 years it has grown to 240 groups across Canada with more than 10,000 grandmothers and grand'others', women and men, involved. Large or small, they are united in their commitment to the right of African Grandmothers to support in their struggle, and the rights of the children orphaned by AIDS, to food, safe housing, education, and hope for the future. Since its inception, the Grandmothers Campaign has raised over $21 million for this purpose. For more information, please visit Grandmothers Campaign.