Chapter Heroes Living Generously – Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
November 20, 2017Connections
Meet the Augustana Campus Chapter Members, from the University of Alberta in Camrose, who volunteer their time with global and local outreach initiatives. Since 2011, this Chapter has been supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign through their annual Valentines’ Day Cookie Sale. This year they revitalized the sale by inviting the local Grandmothers’ campaign group, The Camrose Grateful Grannies, to participate by baking cookies. Student Chaplains from the Chaplaincy Program also helped to staff the sale.
This campaign supports African grandmothers who are central to the life of their communities by caring for orphaned grandchildren who are struggling due to loss of their parents. These loving African grandmothers become parents again in the midst of the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Lois Larson from the Grateful Grannies said “We are grateful for the funds from the local Chapter Members and FaithLife Financial to assist us in this very important cause. To date the Grateful Grannies have contributed over $120,000 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother campaign. Thank you for your support.”
During the 30 years of the global HIV epidemic, an estimated 17 million children lost one or both parents due to AIDS, ninety percent of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa.1 The vast majority of orphans and vulnerable children are then cared for by extended family members2, in some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 60% of orphans live in grandmother-headed households.3
These grandmothers put their grandchildren through school, harvest crops, create local savings and loan groups, teach others about HIV prevention and treatment, and participate in innovate income-generating programs. They form support groups and deliver comfort and hope through home-based care.
If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Stephen Lewis Foundation, please visit their website here. To find a local Grandmothers to Grandmothers group in your area or to start a new group please visit the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign website here.
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- USAID. (2014). Orphans and Vulnerable Children Affected by HIV and AIDS.
- UNAIDS. (2015). How AIDS Changed Everything. p. 41.
- HelpAge International. (2006). Older Women Lead the Response to HIV/AIDS. London.
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