Granny Bulletin: June 2020

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:

  1. Campaign Connections: July Campaign Call

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

Thinking back to March – which feels simultaneously a year ago, and a week ago – we knew that the coming weeks and months would look quite different across the Grandmothers Campaign, but we couldn’t begin to imagine what would take root and grow. As your daily lives and routines underwent dramatic changes, messages and actions of solidarity from Campaign members began to pour in immediately. You found ways to stay connected and support one another. You made the shift to online fundraising, jumping with all your hearts into navigating new technology, with many of you embracing the power of Zoom. The impact of the energy and determination that compels you to adapt, move forward and continue to take action in your communities to support the work that the SLF’s community-based partners are doing with African grandmothers speaks for itself.

The intelligence, resourcefulness, creativity, skills and resolve that grandmothers and older women bring to their communities is essential. In the fifteen African countries where the Stephen Lewis Foundation has community-based partners, we’ve heard again and again that grandmothers have taken on the indispensable role as caregivers for their grandchildren as well as vulnerable children who have been orphaned by AIDS. They have held families and communities together while leading movements to seek justice and claim their human rights.

The energy of this grandmothers’ movement is rooted in collective action, leadership and ingenuity. Your commitment, love and solidarity are woven together with the hopes, dreams and resilience of African grandmothers to form a powerful sisterhood.

With love and gratitude,
Ruth-Anne, Megan, Winnie and Sarah

2. Campaign Connections: July Campaign Call

Our monthly Campaign calls continue to be a virtual place to gather and share ideas and strategies. Join us on Thursday, July 16th, 12:30 PM Eastern time via Zoom! July’s call will be an opportunity to connect with other grandmothers and share ideas, successes, and plans for different activities across the Campaign. Email to RSVP or to share details about our fundraising activities.

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