GRANDMOTHERS TO GRANDMOTHERS CAMPAIGN
"African grandmothers are central to the life of their communities. With almost no support, they have stepped forward to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS, sometimes as many as ten to fifteen in one household. They display astonishing reserves of love, courage and emotional resilience, even while grieving the loss of their own adult children."
There are over 240 grandmothers groups across Canada fundraising to help African Grandmothers be the primary caregivers for orphans.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a Canadian charity that works with groups who would like to help support African grandmothers care for African children. Basic needs such as food, health care, housing, bedding, school fees, and school uniforms are provided.
Grandmothers are also provided with supportive caregiver and parenting skills, bereavement counseling, HIV testing, HIV awareness training, counseling, and grandmother support groups.
African Grandmothers are also provided micro-credit grants so that they can provide for and be economically sound caregivers to grandchildren and other children in their communities.
Individuals who would like to start their own Grandmothers to Grandmothers group can do so by visiting the Grandmothers to Grandmothers website for a start up tool kit called How to Start a Grandmothers Group. The tool kit shows those who would like to help African orphans and Grandmothers how to use promotional flyers, newsletters, logos, posters, facts, reports etc., to make a difference. Kits also help groups understand how to organize events, raise money and provide video clips from African projects for promotional purposes.
The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign raised awareness in Canada through the help of the AfriGrand Caravan. The Stephen Lewis Foundation travelled with African grandmothers and granddaughters orphaned by AIDS communities across Canada to bring to light the reality of AIDS in Africa. Speaking events were held in high schools, universities, churches, libraries etc. African grandmothers and granddaughters shared their personal stories, challenges and triumphs in dealing with AIDS.
Grandparents as Parents Programs
Elderly Caregiver Education and Training Programs
Elderly Caregiver Support and Assistance Programs
Caregiver Films and Documentaries
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