The North Bay Grandmothers for Africa is a chapter of Grandmothers to Grandmothers of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Our mission is twofold:
- To raise awareness and engage Canadians in the struggle to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa
- To raise funds to support the projects of African grandmothers in their struggle to care for their orphaned grandchildren.
In September 2008, a small group of friends founded our chapter and introduced it to the public with the help of Marianne Beer of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
In May 2010 we sponsored Suzanne Brooks, a local grandmother, as one of 40 Canadian grandmothers at the First African Grandmothers Conference in Swaziland. To view some of Suzanne's photos click here.
Our next fundraiser is a Remembrance Day concert by the J.O.Y. Band on November 9 from 2 to 4 at Trinity United Church. It will feature songs from WWI and II, a singalong, and a reception. Bunty is looking for volunteers to help with baking and tickets. Call her at 705-474-4044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The July 26 Garden Tour raised $1399.50 in total. This amount includes $1134.50 from ticket sales, $195 from the sale of bags and dolls, and $70 from donations. For more of Mary Ann Jones’ photos, click here.
If you have not already done so, please pay the annual membership fee of $10. Click here for more information about membership or send an email to email@example.com. You can also call Bunty at 705-474-4044.
For Granny Bulletins from SLF, click here.
Suzanne’s was inspired as the result of meeting African grandmothers to write this promise:
My dear sisters across the ocean,
How often I think of you, remembering your tears when you shared your grief, and the radiance of your joy as you joined together in song. How warmly you welcomed us strangers into your circle.
We have carried your stories into our world, sharing them with others, and stretching the circle of joined hands that began with you in your centre and at the Manzini Conference.
Marching with you, walking with you, dancing with you still, we will carry your voices onward until the universe resonates with your love and joy and selfless caring for the children you protect and nurture.
Together we will change the world and make a place for each child to grow in health and dignity, and for you elders to be cherished and supported.