This description was submitted by Linda Taberner from G Force.
Since 2007, about 70 “grandmother” hosts have been welcoming fellow members of the Grandmothers’ Campaign to their homes for Beds WithOut Breakfast (BWOB). This programme in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation is intended for members of registered grandmother groups, regular SLF volunteers, and, in some cases, their friends and family. It is not open to members of the general public. Hosts provide accommodation for 1-3 nights in return for a donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Despite the name, many hosts include a light breakfast and all include a warm welcome.
How does it work? Interested hosts contact email@example.com for details on getting registered. Would-be guests may also contact Linda or the hosts directly. Please indicate your granny group in your inquiry. Arrangements should be made as far in advance as possible, since hosts are not typically in the bed and breakfast business, so may be away or unavailable for extended periods. A few homes are suitable for just one guest, but most can accommodate travelling companions and some accept referred friends and family members. Unless mutually convenient other arrangements are made, guests should plan to arrive in the evening and leave in the morning, making their own plans for daytime activities. Access to the host’s living areas is at the host’s discretion.
Guests should make their payment out directly to their host. The host should then submit a donation to the SLF in their own name, along with this donor form to receive a tax receipt. Donations written from guests directly to the SLF will not be eligible for a receipt.
We encourage grandmothers and grandothers to consider the programme when making travel plans for a weekend away or a major tour. Apart from the obvious benefit to travelling grannies in getting a room for much less than they would otherwise have to pay, this is a great opportunity to meet and network with members of other groups in different parts of the country. Most importantly, this is another source of funds to support the wonderful work done by the Foundation in helping our African counterparts.
Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org . Potential guests writing to Linda should please specify the home about which you are inquiring.
For a complete list and description of available hosts, click here.