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Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

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Get involved to grow the Campaign

Would you like to join a grandmothers group? Or start your own? We are happy to welcome you to the Campaign and connect you with a group in your area, or provide you with the resources and guidance to create your own. Visit to learn more.

Did you know that, in addition to the more than 240 grandmothers groups across Canada, there are also groups forming in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom? Do you know someone outside of Canada who would love to start or join a group? Send us an email and we’ll be in touch!

This issue of Grassroots is focused on the response of community-based organizations to the orphan crisis in Africa. So why devote an entire page to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in Canada?

Most Canadian grandmothers will tell you that they joined the Campaign because they can’t imagine having to raise their grandchildren without adequate financial resources and support. They understand that the grandmothers of Africa are learning to parent anew, selflessly caring for children and communities in the context of a still unfolding pandemic. It is a remarkable extension of the love all grandmothers have for their grandchildren.

Compassion, empathy, generosity and solidarity—the Grandmothers Campaign has embodied these values from the beginning. Now it is a diverse movement of 10,000 women belonging to more than 240 grandmothers groups across Canada and beyond, raising over $21 million for African grandmothers and the orphaned children in their care.

The Grandmothers Campaign is a singular movement in Canada and in the world. At the heart of it lies a profound commitment to the Campaign’s objectives of supporting community-based organizations that deal holistically with the people and communities most affected by HIV and AIDS. Canadian grandmothers recognize that African grandmothers are leaders and advocates in their own communities—and embrace amplifying their voices as a privilege and a responsibility. Most remarkable of all is the heartfelt financial generosity that translates into solidarity across oceans and continents. Here’s what Siphiwe Hlophe from Swaziland recently said:

“I feel so proud of our relationship with the Canadian grandmothers! We have used their solidarity to rebuild our lives and our communities, of that there can be no question. But we also want to say to them that we are stronger and more determined than ever to fight not only for our own rights as women and grandmothers, but for the rights of our grandchildren, and their grandchildren and their grandchildren after that.”

The Grandmothers Campaign is a movement that has never been seen before… and it’s not over yet.

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LGBTIQ organizations in Africa reporting human rights abuses linked to COVID-19 May 19, 2020

Stephen Lewis Foundation / Canada, Press release

World will survive COVID-19 only if 'swift action' taken to help Africa, UN humanitarian says March 25, 2020

Matt Galloway and Idella Sturino, Toronto, Canada, CBC Radio: The Current

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