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Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

As COVID-19 spreads across sub-Saharan Africa, the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s community-based partners are best placed to protect and support the most vulnerable populations. People affected by HIV and AIDS are particularly at risk, and must not disproportionately suffer the impacts of COVID-19. To learn more, please click here.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a dynamic movement of thousands of grandmothers and grandothers, belonging grandmothers groups across Canada … and beyond!  Groups have now formed in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Launched in 2006, the Campaign was a Canadian grassroots response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. African grandmothers became parents anew in the midst of the HIV & AIDS pandemic, putting their grandchildren through school, creating support groups to manage grief, and delivering comfort and hope through home-based care. They teach others about HIV prevention and treatment, create local savings and loan groups, and sit on land-rights councils. African grandmothers are leaders, sharing their expertise in their communities and on the international stage, pressing for their human rights and a hopeful future.

At the first international Grandmothers Gathering held in Toronto, Canada in 2006, grandmothers in Canada made a commitment to African grandmothers and to the world: we will not rest until they can rest.  More than a decade later, thousands of grandmothers and grandothers are more committed than ever to three shared goals: raise awareness, build solidarity, and mobilize funds for community-based organizations that support African grandmothers and the children in their care.

“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