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.

Grandmothers and grandmothers groups across Canada share three goals.


Raise funds to meet the needs of African grandmothers and the children in their care.

Raise awareness in Canada about the expertise and leadership of Africa's grandmothers and their struggle to secure a hopeful and healthy future for generations of children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.

Build solidarity among African and Canadian grandmothers in order to better understand and sustain the vital work being done to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.