This is the untold story of 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 saved their orphaned grandchildren, while grieving the loss of their adult children.

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 is their story.

“The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is truly an inspiring and innovative movement, mobilizing a grandmother’s fierce love for her family to challenge AIDS in Africa. Powered by Love shares heartfelt testimonies of women who transformed their loss into a powerful narrative.” (Kofi Annan Foundation 2018-03-14)

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Responses to the Book:

“If you’re looking for a book that renews your faith in humanity, this is it.” (Atlantic Books Today 2017-10-20)

“Powered by Love is humbling and devastating and galvanizing. It is testament not only to the power of love but to the power of older women to change the world.” (Understorey Magazine 2017-11-03)

“Powered by Love brings the collective power of love and unity to life in an otherwise bleak world…a must read.” (The Brunswickan 2017-11-01)

“Powered by Love is the untold account of AIDS in Africa. And it’s an inspired glimpse into a social movement that has held hands, wiped tears, emboldened communities, provided hope and helped sustain a continent.” (See Change Magazine 2017-12-18)”

This is where the heart of Feminism beats for me… If you want to really know about the strength of Feminine power, check out this amazing book.” (Annie Lennox 2018-03-09)

“An extraordinarily moving book, filled to the brim with every extreme of the human condition, from unimaginable loss to indescribable love and profound solidarity. This is a movement that re-defines what it means to be a grandmother – and inspires us to discover the power we have as women when we join hands across continents in struggle.” (Jane Fonda 2018-03-13)

“The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is truly an inspiring and innovative movement, mobilizing a grandmother’s fierce love for her family to challenge AIDS in Africa. Powered by Love shares heartfelt testimonies of women who transformed their loss into a powerful narrative.” (Kofi Annan Foundation 2018-03-14)

“Powered by Love is a book that will both break your heart wide open and inspire you.” (T.J. Banks A&U Magazine 2018-06-13)

“This book will make you laugh and cry and forever change your perceptions around the power of older women. This is a story about hope where you least expect it, and a blue print for overcoming insurmountable problems through coming together as community – locally and globally. From the scrumptious photos to the heart warming (and healing) voices of the women in this book – this is a beautiful book from cover to cover!”

“This book is beautiful, inspiring and important. I’ve been waiting for it ever since it was a twinkle in the authors’ eyes. The reality is everything that I imagined it would be—and more. Buy this book!”

“Very touching and inspiring!”

“This is a wonderful movement. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about people involved.”

“This is not a coffee table book. It is meant to be read, insightful and engaging and yes, beautiful to look at. It is the history of a campaign and movement that crosses borders and languages and cultural differences. And it continues to this day and beyond. Read and be inspired!”

“Extraordinary stories of older women who, despite oppressive circumstances are resilient, courageous persistent and gracious! Loved the book!”

“It is an excellent book telling how a movement to end AIDS in Africa, which began in 2006 with just a few grandmothers, continues to spread and enable grandmothers in Africa to change their lives and those of their grandchildren.”

“Beautifully done and a very inspiring read.”

“This book has been several years in the creation and the final product is well worth the time and sensitivity with which it was created. It consists of real stories of African grandmothers, their heartbreaks, their challenges, their resilience, and their courage in both caring for their orphaned grandchildren and then going on to care for one another, and become advocates for their rights. Sandwiched in the middle of the book are the stories of the Canadian grandmothers who took up the cause and have worked tirelessly and creatively to raise money and spread the word about why this work is essential. It has been suggested that one should purchase this book, read it, write comments on individual stories that particularly moved you, and then pass it on to someone else to do the same. In this way, the book can continue the important work of the Grandmothers’ Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada, the U.S., Great Britain and Australia.”