standing in solidarity with
african grandmothers

WHAT WE DO

01.

Build awareness

The GANG is committed to raise awareness and financially support African grandmothers, their orphaned grandchildren and their communities as they evolve as a result of HIV & AIDS.

02.

Raise funds

The money we raise goes directly to grassroots organizations providing simple necessities: school fees, food, clothing, grief counselling. Since 2006 the GANG has raised close to one million dollars, funds that support grandmothers and communities in sub-Saharan Africa. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you very much for your support!

03.

Advocate

  • to honour the wisdom and experience of the grandmothers of Africa and Canada.
  • for the dignity of others in our efforts to work towards social justice.
04.

Stand in solidarity

The struggle in Africa against AIDS has wiped out a generation of parents, leaving grandmothers in Africa to raise their grandchildren-and often the grandchildren of others-on their own. We stand in solidarity with them, and we will not rest until they can rest.

WHO WE ARE

Building awareness, raising funds

The Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation (a.k.a. “The GANG”)  began in 2006. We are one of the more than 200 groups of grandmothers and grand-others Canada-wide supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. 
The GANG is committed to raise awareness and financially support African grandmothers, their orphaned grandchildren and their communities as they evolve as a result of HIV and AIDS.

Our goals are:

  • to raise awareness about African grandmothers, their strengths and their needs.
  • to stand in solidarity with them.
  • to mobilize support for them.
  • to advocate on their behalf.

We are committed to:

  • respecting the culture, values and life experiences of African people.
  • thinking globally and acting locally.
  • promoting social justice through solidarity and consultation.
  • protecting human dignity for those we work with.
  • respecting and promoting the campaign guidelines of the Stephen Lewis Foundation
  • advocating so that we are honouring the wisdom and experience of the grandmothers of Africa and Canada.
  • advocating for the dignity of others in our efforts to work towards social justice.

WHO WE WORK WITH

The Stephen Lewis Foundation

The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers
Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. What began with only a few groups of committed Canadian grandmothers has since evolved into a dynamic and responsive movement, made up of grandmothers and grandothers working to mobilize support in Canada, Australia, the UK, and the
US in solidarity with African grandmothers and the children within their care. A decade later, the Campaign supports African community-based organizations that have developed programmes—with and for grandmothers—to transform lives and restore hope to their communities. In thirteen years, more than $33 million has been raised in support of African grandmothers. African grandmothers are changing the course of the pandemic in their communities and beyond. And the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign will be with them every step of the way.

NEWS

The Grandmothers Campaign celebrates its 15th anniversary!

Grandmother groups across Canada are celebrating the 15th anniversary of Grandmothers to Grandmothers, supporting grandmothers and communities in sub-Saharan Africa. The GANG is planning a series of activities; some of these will increase our knowledge about the 15 African countries that host projects supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Our general meeting in March will feature guest speaker Shayna Buhler, who will discuss the Southern Africa Nutrition Initiative in Zambia and Malawi. A special national…

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