FAST FACTS ABOUT OCEANSIDE GRANDMOTHERS TO GRANDMOTHERS
- We are Canadian grandmothers who raise funds on Vancouver Island to help grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa bring up their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.
- All funds go to reliable grassroots projects through the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
- Since our founding in 2006, we have raised over $475,000.
We work in a huge variety of ways, using imagination, skills, teamwork, and determination. Welcome to our website, which will introduce you to why we care, how we work, what we have achieved so far, and what we are planning next.
“Grandmothers are now recognized as community experts and agents of change by governments and international aid agencies.” — from the Grandmothers Campaign, Stephen Lewis Foundation
Getting Involved to Help: Canadian Grandmothers Pledge Support to African Grandmothers
The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation provides support for grandmothers who, having endured their own children dying of AIDS, are now raising their orphaned grandchildren. Their needs include adequate and nutritious food, health care, adequate housing and bedding, transportation, and school fees and school supplies. The Grandmothers Campaign also supports bereavement counselling and training in HIV/AIDS awareness, parenting and business skills. In recent years, as the African grandmothers have received support, they have been able to organize to claim their human rights and oppose gender violence.
The Grandmothers Campaign was launched in 2006 in Toronto. Meeting with grandmothers from Sub-Saharan Africa at the first Gathering, Canadian grandmothers were deeply moved by the experiences of their counterparts — and by their own capacity to help. In the Toronto Statement, they declared, “We will not rest until they can rest.” There are now Grandmothers groups all across Canada, and they have raised more than $33 million for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. The objective is to put 90% of the funds raised directly into the hands of front-line organizations in communities.
Grandmothers Campaign Supports the Women Who Support the Children
The Grandmothers Campaign has become a significant force against the ravages of the AIDS pandemic by giving support to the women who have accepted the care of the next generation:
“The AIDS pandemic has left millions of children orphaned by AIDS. Without hesitation or complaint, Africa’s grandmothers have stepped in to care for them. In fact, in many countries throughout southern Africa, it is estimated that between 40-60% of orphans live in grandmother-headed households. After burying their own adult children, they take on the responsibility of caring for their grieving grandchildren, often with little to no support and while coping with their own deteriorating health….
“Grandmothers are now recognized as community experts and agents of change by governments and international aid agencies. They nurture, feed and put their grandchildren into school. They work to educate their grandchildren about HIV prevention care and treatment, tend to the sick in their communities, help the recently bereaved, set up support groups, harvest the crops, and advocate for women’s rights.” excerpt, Grandmothers Campaign, Stephen Lewis Foundation
Oceanside Grandmothers joins the Grandmothers Campaign
Our own Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers (g2g) group, founded in 2006, was one of the first started across Canada, in the Parksville to Qualicum region of Vancouver Island. You can learn more in About us or the other topics in the navigation bar at the top of this page.
“We have within us everything needed to surmount seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We are strong, we are determined, we are resourceful, we are creative, we are resilient, and we have the wisdom that comes with age and experience.” — from the Toronto Statement, 2006