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Welcome To Our Website


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.


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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!

Nango Grannies' Painting Workshop

Held on May. 3rd, 2017 at Simon Holt Restaurant, Nanaimo


A fund raising event Sponsored by the NanGo Grannies, in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign


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Review of Last Year's Anniversary Bike Tour:


Click here for a review of Victoria Grandmothers For Africa's 10th anniversary bike tour including the participation of three NanGo Grannie riders. Jane Templeman, Patricia Hofstrand and Elizabeth Vreede.




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Bikers and their supporters on the British Columbia Parliament Building's steps after completing their three day bike tour this September.

 Island Soul Concert 

On Sunday May 27, The Nanaimo NanGo Grannies sold home baked goodies and craft items before and after the concert and at intermission.


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Click here for for full details



 NanGo's New Sale Item 

Chris, Marlene and Sue model our newest sale item.


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The aprons are made from recycled jeans and will be selling for $20 each. We also have a children size selling for $15 each. The first sale of these aprons was on May 27th during the Bake Sale at the Island Soul Concert (see above or click here for details of the Soul Choir Home Concert).


 Annual Fabric Sale 

The NanGo Grannies' 4th Annual Fabric Sale will be held on Saturday Sept 22 10:00 to 2:00 at Nanaimo Curling Rink. We are now accepting fabric now: Minimum of 1 meter of clean, unused fabric for sewing and full and part balls of yarn.

Go to our Fabric Sale page for more information.


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 Book Launch 

Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa


Book Launch

Click on image for full details of the event held Nov 8, 2017



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NanGo Grannies and volunteers

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NanGo Grannies Fund Raisers over the past few years.


Go to our events page to see a fuller history of past events.


All monies raised on behalf of the Stephen Lewis Foundation's endeavours to help African Grandmothers caring for children orphaned by AIDS.


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