African grandmothers are central to the life of their communities. After stepping in to care for orphaned grandchildren struggling with the loss of their parents, African grandmothers become parents anew in the midst of the HIV & AIDS pandemic.
They put their grandchildren through school, harvest crops, create local savings and loan groups, teach others about HIV prevention and treatment, and participate in innovate income-generating programmes. They form support groups and deliver comfort and hope through home-based care.
In the face of gender and age discrimination – and with few resources – African grandmothers have become advocates for change. They share their expertise in their communities and on the international stage, pressing for their human rights and a hopeful future.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS.
What began with only a few groups of committed Canadian grandmothers has since evolved into a dynamic and responsive movement, made up of grandmothers and grandothers working to mobilize support in Canada, Australia, the UK, and the US in solidarity with African grandmothers and the children within their care.
More than a decade later, the Campaign supports African community-based organizations that have developed programmes—with and for grandmothers—to transform lives and restore hope to their communities. Since 2006, more than $33 million has been raised in support of African grandmothers.
African grandmothers are changing the course of the pandemic in their communities and beyond. And the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign will be with them every step of the way. Click below to watch the minute video about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and the ways African grandmothers are transforming their communities.