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! The public was invited to the Friday night session to hear Tara Ward, a human rights and social activist with experience working with women's groups in Central America, speak about women who have inspired her to keep working for change. On Saturday morning Ida Nambeya Mukuka and Megan Karges, both from the Stephen Lewis Foundation spoke. Ida, who is from Africa and works with groups there, gave a presentation about her work and encouraged the Alberta Grandmas to continue their work. A whole-group interactive session with Sheri Hanson from Alberta Community Development followed. This session was designed to help participants consider aspects of nourishing, developing and sustaining their groups. The afternoon was devoted to small workshops. In addition to the workshops and presentations there was much fun: singing, dancing, eating and buying from the various groups' craft tables. Participants left feeling energized and enthusiastic about the next 10 years. …we will not rest!
Check out the video of GrammaLink's Theme Song in the Picture Gallery
photo by Maurice Henri
On the Horizon The Grammas will be back with our annual Chili for a Cause Lunch Wednesday October 18th. Save the date!
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