We are a group of Red Deer and area grandmothers and "grandothers" that reach out to African grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Africa has become a continent of orphans – 14.8 million and countless others left vulnerable, increasing their chances of contracting HIV. In the midst of this tragedy African grandmothers have stepped into the breech, burying their own children and raising their orphaned grandchildren with little assistance. GrammaLink-Africa members seek to support these brave African women by creating awareness of their struggle and sharing our resources through fundraising for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
Provincial Gathering 2017
GrammaLink-Africa hosted the 2017 Provincial Grandmothers to Grandmothers Gathering at Gaetz United Church on September 15 and 16. The theme was Moving Forward with Strength …we will not rest!
Check out the video of GrammaLink's Theme Song in the Picture Gallery
Chili Lunch 2017
GrammaLink-Africa served over 300 customers at its ninth annual Chili for a Cause lunch on Wednesday, October 18. The menu was "gramma-made" chili served up in a handmade pottery bowl, buns and pumpkin cupcakes. All proceeds from the lunch, handicraft sales and silent auction were for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign This campaign supports grass roots initiatives of grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who have been left with the task of raising orphaned grandchildren and strengthening their communities as a result of the HIV/AIDs pandemic. The need is still great for prevention, treatment and community supports. The success of the Chili for a Cause Lunch would not be possible without the wonderful donations of handmade pottery bowls from the Red Deer Pottery Club, Maureen Lewis and the Red Deer College Pottery Club. GrammaLink appreciates these donations and the patronage of the customers who come for lunch.
Coming in March GrammaLink will be selling tickets to the March 1, 2018 CowPatti evening dinner theatre production of The Flight Path. Tickets are $73.50.
photo by Maurice Henri
Our choice is to honour the grandmothers, enfold the orphans in our arms, and support them to make all of their lives whole again. ~ Stephen Lewis