The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign exists to support the indomitable African grandmothers and the resourceful community-based organizations that care for them and for the millions of children in their care who have been orphaned by AIDS.
“It’s quite extraordinary to see the bond that has developed between grandmothers on both sides of the ocean. In a dramatic way, it helps to redefine the chasm between developed and developing nations. It goes without saying that the chasm exists in the realms of poverty, conflict and disease, but in the realms of sophistication, intelligence and fundamental human decency, nothing separates the African grandmothers from the Canadian grandmothers. They are as one.”
– Stephen Lewis
Members of the Grandmothers Campaign share three goals. They work to:
- Raise funds in Canada to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s work with African grandmothers and the children in their care. The Foundation collaborates with community-based organizations that provide grandmothers with support such as food, school fees, income generating activities, counselling and home visits.
- 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.
The Grandmothers Campaign has been marked and transformed by a number of key moments. Click here to read about some of those key moments led by the Stephen Lewis Foundation.