Granny Bulletin: May 2016 Special Edition
Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
In this Granny Bulletin:
- Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers
- NEW: The SLF’s “2015 Year in Review”
- Mother’s Day Tribute Cards
1. Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers
Welcome to a Special edition of the Granny Bulletin. The Stephen Lewis Foundation just released our very first, “Year in Review” and we couldn’t be more excited and proud to share it with you. So proud and excited that we decided not to wait until next month’s Bulletin! In it, you’ll find powerful stories and personal accounts of grandmothers, children and youth whose lives have been transformed by community-based organizations. And a breakdown of the activities and areas of work undertaken by our partners last year — plus more information on the SLF’s new Impact Assessment Tool. We think that the 2015 Year in Review will provide you with many opportunities for learning and conversation within your grandmothers groups, and be an invaluable tool for raising awareness of African grandmothers and HIV/AIDS in your communities, too. You can download it right now – see below!
We’d love to talk through the ways in which the 2015 Year in Review can be shared in your community, so please don’t hesitate to be in touch!
Graham, Carrie, Healy, Asmita, Sydney, Janet and Sarah
2. Ilana Landsberg-Lewis on the 2015 Year in Review
For several years now, the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) has been asserting that if only a critical mass of community-based organizations could receive adequate funding, they would turn the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa. You have responded overwhelmingly to this clarion call. The Foundation’s Year in Review provides concrete evidence that, with meaningful support, community-based organizations are indeed achieving powerful and lasting change.
With tenacity, intelligence and expertise these organizations are bringing their communities back to life. This one-year review of our partners’ efforts resonates with hope and purpose. We are encouraged and impressed with what they have accomplished in 2015. It affirms— and re-affirms—the remarkable progress that is being made with your investment in these communities and their grassroots organizations.
The road is still long. With 1.2 million AIDS-related deaths last year, and 1.4 million new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa alone, there is still much to be done. But it is clear from this ‘snapshot’ of the herculean efforts of grassroots groups and people struggling to reclaim life and overcome the ravages of AIDS with dignity and dogged determination, that with the proper support and solidarity, they will prevail.
We are in our 13th year, and we have supported over 300 organizations and more than 1,400 initiatives in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa hardest hit by the global AIDS epidemic. The story of the SLF is a testament to our remarkably compassionate and dedicated supporters in Canada, far too many to name here—would that we could! However we want to thank all of you, in a deeply personal way, from the bottom of our hearts. We know that the women at the heart of the AIDS response in Africa, the children orphaned by the virus, the indomitable grandmother caregivers, and the people courageously living with HIV & AIDS would join us in a chorus of appreciation for the way in which you have supported their efforts with respect and dignity.
So our heartfelt and profound gratitude to all of our supporters: individual Canadians, family foundations, unions, schools, corporate partners and, of course, the extraordinary members of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign!
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Stephen Lewis Foundation
3. Mother’s Day Tribute Cards
As members and supporters of the Grandmothers Campaign, you stand in solidarity with African grandmothers who have become mothers again to their grandchildren. You’ve seen the impact of their commitment and organizing through the Campaign, and you’ll gain an even greater depth of understanding when reading and sharing our 2015 Year in Review. This Mother’s Day, you can celebrate and pay tribute to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women caregivers in your life – and in Africa – by making a donation in lieu of a gift. We will send a beautiful electronic card, delivered immediately, to your loved one(s) with one of two cards that celebrate the connection between grandmothers and their grandchildren.