This Is The Untold Story of AIDS in Africa…
What is the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign?
The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a growing global movement of grandmothers around the world who support the indomitable African grandmothers who have lost their own children to the AIDS pandemic on the continent, and are now raising a generation of orphaned grandchildren. Started in Canada in 2006 by the Stephen Lewis Foundation, it has grown to include more than 300 groups involving over 10,000 grandmothers and ‘grand-others’ in the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK, all of whom are raising awareness and funds for these African grandmothers and the children in their care.
By listening to African grandmothers and understanding their role in resurrecting lives and communities, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign seeks to provide opportunities to amplify their voices, share their experiences, and build solidarity among African grandmothers and other grandmothers and ‘grand-others’ around the world.
See The Grandmothers Campaign in Action
Watch the Grandmothers Speaking for Themselves
Don’t take our word for it – hear the grandmothers speaking for themselves!
The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign has been documented since its inception. We are delighted to share some of these stories from around the globe, showcasing the fortitude and solidarity of grandmothers worldwide with the African sisters.
Learn More About The Campaign
Documenting the Power
of a Movement
In the face of the global HIV&AIDS epidemic, African grandmothers have held their families and communities together, often with woefully
inadequate recognition or support. In response to the immense responsibility these African grandmothers were shouldering, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign began with a few groups of committed members, but has since evolved into a responsive international movement of grandmothers and ‘grand-others’ who
support African community-based organizations developing programming run by and for grandmothers. The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign has evolved from easing the pain of these grandmothers, to empowering them to turn the tide on the AIDS
pandemic. You can read about some of the
steps on that journey here – see how much impact the movement has already had,
and how much more is possible!
Join or Start a
Be Part of This
We can help you find a grandmothers’ group in your area. Or, if there isn’t one close to you yet, we can show you how to start your own. It’s easy and fulfilling. Grandmother groups are creative and passionate, and active and respected in their communities. They raise awareness and funds for African grandmothers in countless ways – speaking at schools and community events, holding Scrabble and card tournaments, bake sales, community dinners, craft and knitting sales, putting on church concerts; the list is endless, and we can help your group with ideas and support for your own activities. The are ‘gran-bassadors’ ready and excited to share their experience about forming a group, keeping it going, raising awareness – or to answer just about any question you might have! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Does Your Money Go and Who Does It Support?
Do you ever wonder how much of the money you donate actually gets to the people who need it? Well, 90 cents of every dollar raised by the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign goes right into the hands of the grassroots groups operating on the ground – directly to the community-based organizations working for and with grandmothers – who best know what is needed and how to provide it. To date, over $27 million has been disbursed for programming that includes school supplies for children, nutrition programmes, income-generating activities, health care, HIV education, home-based care, and much more.The Grandmothers to Grandmothers USA Campaign is part of an international movement, the hub of which is in Canada, with the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF).
For 15 years the SLF has been partnering with over 300 grassroots organizations on more than 1600 initiatives in the countries hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic in Africa – Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. All of the projects supported by the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign are assessed and monitored for the lifetime of the project, so you know the funds are managed with intelligence, dignity and tenacity by the grandmothers and other community experts at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
Powered By Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa
We thought we knew what was happening in Africa when the AIDS pandemic raged across the continent, sweeping away 35 million lives. But we never knew it the way this book reveals it, in the shockingly intimate voices of the grandmothers who stepped in to raise their orphaned grandchildren when no one else was left alive.
A dynamic movement of grandmothers rallied in response. Starting in Canada and spreading across the globe, it now encompasses thousands of grandmothers on several continents. Together, resolute grandmothers in Africa and around the world are reclaiming hope and courageously saving lives. Their voices will leap straight into your heart. Their unguarded faces, in portraits that glow with character, pain and humor, will captivate you.
Powered by Love reveals the compelling journey of these indomitable women and a movement that now reaches around the globe, sharing their story in their own words.
“…to you, who are raising the children of the lost… this is the time of the grandmothers…. let it begin now…”
— Gloria Steinem
From a handful of groups in 2006, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign has grown to almost 300 groups worldwide – including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Over ten years of achievement, grandmothers groups and other Campaign supporters have raised more than $27 million in support of their African sisters. Join them!