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Granny Bulletin: August 2019

Posted on August 13, 2019 by 

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Community at the Centre: New UNAIDS Report
  2. Fundraising Corner: Food for Thought 
  3. Grandmothers Campaign Calls Resume this Month

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

August is an important month for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. It marks the anniversary of the Campaign’s launch back in 2006. It was 13 years ago this week that 100 African grandmothers and 200 Canadian grandmothers gathered together in Toronto, creating the blueprint for a grandmother-led social justice movement.

At the height of the AIDS pandemic, when communities were experiencing the catastrophic impact of one of the worst health emergencies in human history, no one – no governments, no international funders – would give African grandmothers the resources they needed to recover and rebuild. Despite being the ones to open their homes to children orphaned by AIDS, despite devoting all their resources to support neighbours and vulnerable community members, despite facing gender-based discrimination, no one thought older women were a “good investment.” They weren’t “sustainable.” Grandmothers the world over called out these notions for what they are – absurd.
 
And so, from the very beginning, the Grandmothers Campaign has been a paradigm-changing movement. At the Toronto Gathering, a Campaign was formed, one that respects, admires and mobilizes the skills and experiences that women develop and deepen in their lifetimes. You pledged to use your expertise to raise funds so that African grandmothers could expertly use those funds to respond to the most urgent needs in their communities.
 
In just 13 years, grandmothers groups have collectively raised over $33 million dollars. This mind-boggling achievement was possible because of countless hours of collaborative work, thousands of fundraisers, and the passion and solidarity of Campaign members that inspires support for your work. This is what you meant when you said, “We will not rest until they can rest,” and based on the number of events that have already been planned for Fall 2019, the momentum of the Campaign continues to surge forward.
 
Simultaneously, the funds you raised have been put to use by African grandmothers and the community-based organizations that support them to provide essential services to grandmothers and their families. African grandmothers have moved out of isolation, and have pushed through overwhelming grief and hardship, to become leaders and activists in their countries, holding their governments to account and demanding the support they’re owed.
 
Now, over a decade later, we’re finally seeing the global funders (slowly) endorse a community-based approach to respond to HIV & AIDS. We’re finally seeing the work of African grandmothers acknowledged in UNAIDS reports – though not at the level or the scale that they ought to be. While these are hopeful signs, Grandmothers Campaign members have known all along that progress doesn’t have to wait if you can get the change-makers on the ground the funds they need to save and enhance lives. Thank you for being ahead of your time.
 
With love and solidarity,
 
Megan, Winnie and Sarah

You can read the full Toronto Grandmothers Gathering Statement here.

1. Community at the Centre: A New UNAIDS Report

Last month a new report, Community at the Centre, from UNAIDS called for greater urgency in focusing on “communities” as an “answer to the pandemic.” The community-based organizations with whom the SLF partners have known this is the answer for more than two decades. Community-based organizations established strong networks of support, expertise and trust enabling them to implement effective and comprehensive programmes responding holistically to the AIDS pandemic. They saw the tangible and significant impact that’s possible through sustained support and funding.
 
Global resources available for the AIDS response decreased by approximately US$1 billion this year, even though HIV and AIDS has had a devastating effect on children and young women. The AIDS pandemic is far from over. Every week, around 6,200 adolescent girls and young women, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, contract HIV, often because of forced marriages, gender-based violence and other situations beyond their control.
 
The UNAIDS report urges that people take a “human rights-based approach to reaching people most affected by HIV,” which is exactly what the SLF’s partner community-based organizations have been doing for decades. We know that it’s community at the heart of the response that’s making the difference. They’re saving millions of lives. An estimated 25 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live with HIV, more than double the number in the rest of the world, according to UNAIDS. Many of our partner organizations run home-based care networks that result in astonishing successes, thanks to youth leaders and grandmothers in those networks.
 
You can read the full report here.

2. Fundraising Corner: Food for Thought

We know the summer can be a slow time for fundraising. But with the fall coming up quickly we wanted share some of the tips and tricks we’ve heard that groups have been using and thinking about recently for your upcoming fundraising events and endeavours!
 

  1. Explore new avenues or ways of getting the word out to reach new audiences.

We’ve heard from Campaign members that asking the same friends and family to support you and the SLF can sometimes be a concern. How might you reach new communities that you may not already have been in contact with, but would be interested in your cause? This will depend on the event and your community, and we’re always happy to chat about creative ways to expand your network! Some groups have gone to local volunteer fairs, others use Facebook, others have reached out to their local “Welcome Wagon” to include information about the Grandmothers Campaign, or have partnered with other service organizations to hold events.
 

  1. Consider online fundraising pages to help raise funds.

The Grandmothers Campaign online fundraising pages allow groups and individuals to create personalized webpages that can be shared with friends, family and community members, to let them take action and make a donation right then and there. Groups using online fundraising to support their fundraising events say it’s a great way to reach friends and family who may not be able to attend an event but still want to show their support. We know that navigating new technology isn’t always easy, so remember, we’re always here to help and support you however you need — including IT support!
 

  1. Have Fun!

The best indicator of the success of an event or fundraising initiative is if you love to do it! Recently, on a Campaign Call, groups shared what has been working for them as they think about ways to stay energized and engaged, and how to evolve in response to members’ interests and abilities, and the size of their group. Read those notes here.

Remember we’re here to support you. Let us know about upcoming events you may have so we can help to promote them. Contact us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org, or call us at 1-888-203-9990, ext. 0.

3. Campaign Connections: Grandmothers Campaign Calls Resume this Month 

Here are some of the ways that members of the Campaign continue to gather across regions to exchange ideas and connect with one another.
 
In-person meetings and gatherings are a wonderful way to meet and connect with other grandmothers and groups, but these aren’t always possible when spanning across distances. To help groups feel more connected and share knowledge without meeting face to face we’re continuing to host New Member Conference Calls on a monthly basis (the third Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. EDT). These calls are intimate and informative opportunities for new members to learn more about the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
 
We also host monthly Grandmothers Campaign Conference Calls every third Thursday of the month, and all members are welcome! We use these calls to take a deeper dive into questions and themes that you’ve told us are on your minds. Join us on August 15th at 12:30 p.m., EDT, to discuss tips, tricks and common pitfalls of using Facebook for your group! We’ll be sharing knowledge to learn how best to use social media for your purposes. 

Here are more upcoming dates of Grandmothers Campaign conference calls and the topics we’ll be discussing:





Granny Bulletin: June 2019

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. International Spotlight on African Grandmothers, their Economic Empowerment and the Movement to Claim their Human Rights
  2. Movement Matters: Health and Wellness Initiatives by and for Grandmothers
  3. Fundraising Corner: Eco Friendly Initiatives and More!

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

As many groups wind down to share visits and make memories with grandchildren and families, and enjoy warm, sunny days after a long winter in the Northern hemisphere, we have been recounting what a springtime of activity it has been within the Grandmothers Campaign.

The Grandmothers Campaign is the reflection of all of you. The energy of this movement is rooted in your collective action, and the relationships and community you nurture among yourselves as you build and strengthen solidarity with African grandmothers. Your commitment and love are woven together with the hopes, dreams and resilience of African grandmothers to form a powerful sisterhood that stretches far beyond the physical boundaries of our communities.

In just the first 181 days of this year, you have organized and hosted more than 200 fundraising events in Canada, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.A. raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of African grandmothers and the children in their care in sub-Saharan Africa. We feel renewed energy and momentum across the Campaign. More than 40 groups participated in 31 Stride to Turn the Tide events this month. There have been dinners, events, games and tournaments, Fabric and Yarn sales, a public knit-in, crazy hat competition, a soup competition, sales, sales and yet more sales. You are sharing your best and most successful ideas with one another across the Campaign and initiating new endeavours to grow the Campaign.

While many of you enjoy some well-deserved downtime, we know that you’ll be thinking ahead to upcoming events and Regional Gatherings and sewing, preserving, baking, training and so much more in preparation. Your passion, ingenuity and enthusiasm is nothing short of inspirational.

Warmly,

Winnie, Asmita, Megan and Sarah

1. International Spotlight on African Grandmothers, their Economic Empowerment and the Movement to Claim their Human Rights

Earlier today, Idah Mukuka Nambeya, Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, spoke on a panel at the United Nations  Human Rights Council about human rights and  economic empowerment of older women, bringing the voices and experiences of African grandmothers into an international spotlight.
 
Grandmothers are experiencing a depletion of their resources, in every sense – economic, emotional and physical – because of the challenges they face in struggling to support orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). They have been draining their small savings, tilling small plots of land while holding off property grabbers, and studying new skills to earn more income. Only a few countries with high HIV & AIDS prevalence are providing pensions or other forms of financial supports to older women. Much of their work in communities is done without compensation, as unpaid volunteers.
 
With the support of community-based organizations, grandmothers are developing innovative savings and income-generating activities and initiatives. They are building a movement to ensure that government policies, programmes and strategies integrate their needs and rights, including income security, pensions and grants, land and inheritance rights, eliminating violence against women and improving access to healthcare. African grandmothers are joining local councils for older persons, land rights and running for election. They are seeking protection of their rights and leading a movement for justice
 
Watch the full panel discussion, with Idah presenting at 16 mins and 4 secs.

2. Movement Matters: Health and Wellness Initiatives by and for Grandmothers

“Grandmothers are pillars!” The closing line of the Tanzania Grandmothers Statement says many things about the role grandmothers play in their families and in their communities. It also speaks to the social, emotional and physical strengths of grandmothers. Many community-based organizations run comprehensive healthcare programs that include fitness activities for grandmothers to support them in their often physically demanding day-to-day lives.
 
In South Africa, the annual Gogo Olympics, which were started by Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust in 2011, are still going strong! This year, over 1,000 gogos participated in the 9th annual Olympics, competing in soccer, netball, sprints, running relays, and traditional games. There was also a board games station and pampering station where grandmothers could relax between games. The Gogo Olympics were initially started as an outlet and stress reliever for grandmothers who found themselves at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic. Today, grandmothers say that the games have transformed their lives, offered social support and improved their overall health.



At this year’s Gogo Olympics, the Molweni gogos team were victorious on the soccer field!                       
(Photo Credit: Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust)

At ROTOM, in Uganda, grandmothers come together for classes that feature simple exercises to improve mobility, stamina and strength. In addition to physical health benefits, the group activity offers emotional support and levity to grandmothers as they move, and laugh and delight in one another’s company.
 
Wellness and fitness-focused fundraisers are becoming more and more popular across the Grandmothers Campaign, too! Walking in Stride to Turn the Tideevents and annual cycle tours continue to be tremendous reminders of the power of grandmothers, and new initiatives are popping up as well. Recently, groups in Toronto held a Wellness Day with a blend of physical activities and workshops focused on health, meditation and well-being. An Ontario group will hold a series of talks and workshops in the fall about making the most out of retirement. In the Vancouver area, a few groups jointly launched the “For the Love of Grandmothers” fitness challenge (running through September 8th), encouraging grandmothers and grandothers to set a challenge for themselves and collect donations from supportive friends and family using the Grandmothers Campaign online fundraising pages. From walking, to swimming, to the ultimate push-up, the challenges are inspiring! Groups also hold yoga events, organize weekly walking meet-ups and continue to offer a support network for one another day to day.

3. Fundraising Corner: Eco Friendly Initiatives and More!

This month we celebrate the ongoing ingenuity of socially conscious grandmothers groups who find opportunities and gaps in the marketplace, and step in to fill them! Groups have shared with us that they have begun to make reusable produce bags and beeswax food wraps to replace single-use plastic bags and plastic wrap. This offers a solution to a timely issue, and there is a large market for both products.

If your group would be interested in making and selling either of these items, please get in touch at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org, and we can share instructions and connect you with a group that currently makes these products.
 
Many more fundraising events and initiatives were shared on our June Campaign Call, which was, in fact, a fundraising idea exchange! Click here if you’d like to read the summary notes from that call.

Thanks for reading this edition of the Bulletin!  
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Granny Bulletin: May 2019

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Update on Cyclone Idai: Food, clean water and bridges
  2. Spotlight on Grassroots - The Healing Power of Human Connectio
  3. Fundraising Corner: A New Tool to Help your Group Explore Online Fundraising
  4. Campaign Connections: Upcoming Conference Call and Regional Gatherings

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about how significant gatherings are to the Grandmothers Campaign. This is how the Campaign began, after all, with hundreds of women gathered in Toronto, listening, learning and deciding together what a movement founded on solidarity could look like. Since then, National Grandmothers Gatherings in Uganda, South Africa and Tanzania have been a launching pad for African grandmothers to assemble, plan, organize and form advocacy networks to have their demands heard at all levels of government.

 
Day-to-day, you, grandmothers and grandothers of the Campaign, gather in group meetings to plan fundraising and awareness-raising events, socialize, support one another, and create a vision for what comes next. You gather your community members and loved ones at fundraising events, taking grassroots action in the cities where you live to support grassroots action and expertise on the ground in communities across sub-Saharan Africa.
 
Right now, across Canada, Australia and the UK, groups are holding fundraisers – both new and beloved annual events. Yet in the midst of this busy season, you still make time to come together, both in person at Regional Gatherings (last month in Ottawa-Gatineau, and this month in Northern Ontario) and virtually, on our recently launched Campaign Calls.
 
On our April & May Campaign Calls, members from grandmothers groups (including groups from almost every province in Canada, and a group from Australia, too!) dialed in to share ideas about recruiting new members into the grandmothers movement and rejuvenating and energizing groups. Like every gathering of grandmothers and grandothers, it was a clear reminder of what becomes possible when you bring a group of dynamic women together.
 
If you couldn’t make the call but would like to read about what was shared, click here to download the summary notes, and sign up for future calls too! We look forward to continuing our monthly virtual gatherings, and all of the ideas and connections that will be formed through those calls.

Warmly,
Winnie, Asmita, Megan and Sarah

1. Update on Cyclone Idai: Food, clean water and bridges

In March, after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, millions of people lost their homes and livelihoods. Our partners, worried about the effects of the disaster on their work with people affected by HIV & AIDS, quickly began contacting us with updates about the devastation in their communities. We reached out to you, the SLF community, and your response was immediate and generous. It enabled our partners in the three countries to launch life-saving efforts for tens of thousands of people.





Community members take turns to help children safely cross a flooded river to attend school.

“Our partner organizations tell us that their emergency relief activities have been proceeding as planned, and that they are now able to set their sights on longer term reconstruction,” says Leah Teklemariam, Director of Programmes for the SLF. “We cannot underestimate how many lives have been saved, and how much pain has been eased due to the speed and agility with which our partners have responded. In the midst of such profound turmoil, grassroots organizations continue to be the backbone of support, and a beacon of hope, particularly for the many grandmothers taking care of children who have been orphaned.”
 
We want to provide you with a few examples of these organizations’ momentous efforts, enabled by your solidarity and support.

Mozambique
 
Cyclone Kenneth hit on April 26, compounding the devastation from Cyclone Idai in March in Mozambique. MATRAM, one of our partner organizations, worked with 32 volunteers in providing 15,000 water purifiers and non-perishable food to benefit 45,000 people, preventing water-related diseases and hunger due to the disasters. Also, the volunteers coordinated with Mozambican government emergency workers and community-based organizations to assess 16,000 people living with HIV who lost their homes and who needed medicines, treatment referrals and counselling after the trauma of the cyclones.
 
Kukumbi, a second organization in Mozambique, distributed shovels, hoes, seeds, cabbage and other food and tools, along with water-purifying equipment and school supplies. “Our hearts are filled with humility, gratitude and utmost appreciation,” a Kukumbi staff member told us. “The commitment and trust that the SLF has consistently shown in supporting the organization allows us to carry the torch of change, transformation and resilience to the most vulnerable communities. Your gesture will certainly be felt within the affected communities and in the life of each one of our beneficiaries and families who are striving to rebuild their lives.”
 

Zimbabwe

 
Most organizations and government agencies are concentrating on the worst-hit districts and ignoring lesser-hit rural areas of Zimbabwe. Two of our partner organizations have visited 20 households in these underserved areas and discovered that their homes and properties were destroyed, their livestock killed, and their maize and other crops washed away. Traumatized children were also affected, partly because they couldn’t go to school because of flooded rivers and roads. The organizations have helped with seeds for new crops, materials for new houses, and school supplies for classes. Most of the population depends on small farms for their livelihoods, so the agricultural support was timely, avoiding food crises and health emergencies. One community is re-building a bridge. “The community has already gathered river sand and stones for rehabilitating the bridge,” a programme manager from Zimbabwe told us. “These materials are already on site.” They’re now buying cement and steel to rebuild the bridge from scratch.
 
Malawi
 
Organizations are alleviating the suffering of 226 grandmothers affected by Cyclone Idai (including providing them with 50-pound bags of maize) and distributing water-purifying equipment, food items and blankets to 200 people who lost their homes in communities in Malawi. This is the start of rebuilding efforts run by four of our partner organizations.
 
In all three countries, the need is still great. Immediate dangers include disease, caused by dirty drinking water (because floods destroyed water mains and wells), and hunger, caused by destroyed crops, roads and bridges. These and other effects of the disaster exacerbate the already difficult situations of many people living with HIV & AIDS in communities served by our partner organizations.
 
“Tens of thousands of people still need support,” says Teklemariam. “They will get it, thanks to the commitment and expertise of community-based organizations – and thanks to the SLF community standing with them in solidarity.”

2. Spotlight on Grassroots - The Healing Power of Human Connection

“They take our needs to heart.” That's what someone living with HIV said of the home-based caregivers from the Maasai Women Development Organization, in Tanzania. Trust. Love. Care from the bottom of their hearts.
 Last month, we shared an update about the home-based care programmes SLF community-based partners are implementing in response to the AIDS pandemic. You'll read about these programmes in the Spring 2019 Spotlight on Grassroots newsletter which presents astonishing, inspiring successes from our partners in south-eastern Africa.
 
After speaking with 40 community-based organizations engaged in home-based care (out of the hundreds of organizations with whom we’ve partnered), we learned that they work with 50,000 people and their families, nearly half of whom are grandmothers, children and teenagers. They and others have shared more than 10,000 pages of documentation about their work – and shared the real reasons for their successes. We now share some of these with you.
 
Because of such organizations, the despair underlying the AIDS pandemic a few decades ago has given way to hope – and to healthy and vibrant lives, such as Pilly's, who journeyed from a client of home-based care to becoming a Peer Mother who counsels others in Uganda.

You can read Pilly’s story here.

The Spring Spotlight on Grassroots will be in mailboxes soon!

3. Fundraising Corner: A New Tool to Help your Group Explore Online Fundraising

The Grandmothers Campaign online fundraising pages allow groups and individuals to create personalized webpages which can be shared with friends, family, and community members to let them know why they feel compelled to fundraise for the Grandmothers Campaign, and allows their supporters to take action and make a donation right then and there.
 
Groups who have used online fundraising to support their fundraising events say it’s a great way to reach friends and family who may not be able to attend an event, but still want to show their support.
 
Watch for a 10-minute video tutorial to be released soon, if you’re interested in learning more about online fundraising, and what it would take to set up a page.
 
The tutorial will cover setting up an online fundraising page for Stride to Turn the Tide, however, our general online fundraising pages follow the same steps. As always, our Team is happy to help wherever possible, so please contact us if we can be helpful!

4. Campaign Connections: Upcoming Conference Call and Regional Gatherings 

Here are some of the ways that members of the Campaign continue to gather across regions to exchange ideas and connect with one anothe.
 
New Member Conference Calls continue on a monthly basis the third Monday of the month at 12:30 PM Eastern Time. These calls are intimate and informative opportunities for new members to learn more about the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
 
We also host monthly Campaign Calls to take a deeper dive into questions and themes that you’ve told us are on your minds. The June Call will be a Fundraising Ideas Exchange!
 
Join us on Thursday, June 20th at 12:30 PM Eastern Time for a Campaign-wide brainstorm session about fundraising events and initiatives. Come curious, with ideas and questions for other groups, and your own top tips and stories about what fundraising strategies have been the most successful for your group in the past.

We won't have any calls in July, but will resume thematic Campaign Calls on the third Thursday of the month August through to the end of the 2019 calendar year.
 
For New Member or Campaign Call dial-in details, RSVP to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org, or through the Grandmothers Campaign website: http://grandmotherscampaign.org/get-involved/campaign-conference-calls/

Last month, grandmothers and grandothers from across the Ottawa-Gatineau Region and even a little further afield gathered for Grannyfest, a day long Gathering, that energized and inspired. Later this month, grandmothers and grandothers from the Ontario North Region will gather in Barrie. Plans for upcoming gatherings in September and October are coming together in B.C. and Ontario.

Watch the Regional Gatherings page on the Grandmothers Campaign website for dates, locations and registration details for upcoming Grandmothers Gatherings.

Thanks for reading this edition of the Bulletin!  
As always, to keep up-to-date and hear from the Campaign between Bulletin editions, follow us on Facebook - we share many photos, quotes and interesting updates!

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Granny Bulletin: April 2019

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Home-Based Care: The Healing Power of Human Connection
  2. Updated UNAIDS Statistics on HIV Infection rates amongst Children and Youth
  3. Upcoming Campaign Calls: Recruiting New Members and More
  4. Fundraising Corner: There's a Fabric Frenzy Coming Up
  5. Are You Ready to Stride to Turn the Tide?
  6. Mother's Day Tributes: Honouring Mothers and Grandmothers

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

Last week, we shared an update about the community mobilization in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in response to Cyclone Idai. It was important to us that you hear what our partners are saying. We have been humbled by your responses - whether you shared the Special Granny Bulletin, our Facebook post with your friends and family, or gave a special gift to the Emergency Response Fund. Your solidarity, as always, is profoundly meaningful, and in moments of great urgency such as this, it has a heightened impact and deep meaning in the lives of so many.

The myriad of creative and inspiring events, initiatives and pursuits that you and your groups undertake to raise awareness and funds through the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign ripple outwards and have a deep and lasting impact.

Warmly,
Winnie, Asmita, Megan and Sarah

1. Home-Based Care: The Healing Power of Human Connection

The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) first began funding community-based organizations’ home-based care programs in 2005. At that time, it was palliative care that was being provided, to ease the pain and suffering that people experienced in their final days. The widespread introduction of ARV medication over the past decade has changed the primary challenge for community-based organizations from caring for the terminally ill to helping HIV positive people maintain their health.

The need for the CBOs’ intervention remains urgent because their home-based care programmes fill a logistical and human gap that cannot be filled by simply supplying ARV medication to government-sponsored health facilities. Why? Because a prescription for medication neglects the crucial support that people need to manage the myriad of psychological and practical challenges involved in coming to terms with an HIV positive diagnosis and successfully maintaining treatment over time, not to mention the tremendous, often insurmountable, economic and geographic difficulty that many people experience trying to access medication.

In recent years, the SLF has undertaken a major initiative to build the organization’s capacity to assess the effectiveness and impact of its programme funding. Our Impact Assessment Framework, along with in-person discussions and interviews with our community-based partners allows us to collect and compile their narrative reports and deep insights into the transforming power of home-based care.

Today we’d like to share some of these insights with you to give you a greater understanding of the innovation and importance of home-based care.

The Power of Connection and Connecting

More than anything else, it’s the human touch and personal connectedness that makes home-based care so remarkably effective. The consistency of always relating to one carer is tremendously important, because it means that the family does not have to continuously disclose their issues to multiple people. And over time, as one home-based carer explained, ‘you become a friend.’

Our partners also highlight how important it is for home-based carers to be from the communities they serve, and many times the carers are former clients themselves of home-based care programmes.

"Some of us are HIV positive and some of us have been diagnosed with TB. Some of us have lost family members to sickness. We know about sickness, how to handle the situation, and what it is like to be involved in sickness. We have love and passion and are well-trained on home-based care. We are doing home-based care from the bottom of our hearts. Actually, it is in our veins." 
 

Amandawe Community Care and Youth Development Centre, South Africa.

There are a thousand different obstacles waiting on clients’ path to successful ARV treatment adherence. Home-based care visits provide the opportunity to identify all of the stresses and strains that could impede adherence, and they allow hidden family issues to come to the surface. The initial reason for a visit may be to check up on an individual client’s progress, but soon the client starts opening up about difficulties with children, the need for school assistance, or another family member’s refusal to get tested or take treatment. Nutritional deficits are a frequent problem, and clients are often provided with temporary direct food support, and guidance on food preparation and how to plant vegetable gardens. The stigma and shunning that HIV positive people are still exposed to can be emotionally devastating and isolating, and the willingness of home-based carers to ‘come closer’ to people living with HIV contributes to restoring supportive, loving family environments.

One of the most important contributions made by home-based care workers is the way in which they connect people up to the other forms of support that are available out there in the world. Home-based care workers make people feel that they are part of their communities again, and they also connect people up in very concrete and practical ways to services that can help put them back on their feet again.

The widespread availability of ARV medication has also brought about a big change in the interaction between community-based caregivers and government sponsored health services.  In the past they didn’t have much to do with each other, and the government did not especially respect or value the CBOs’ role. While many CBOs continue to struggle for proper recognition, the increasing trend is towards the development of mutually supportive and productive relationships.

"Government departments are now learning about the needs at community level from those doing home-based care. Policy changes are occurring because of the feedback and input from people working at community level – home-based carers are serving as a link between the government and the people. Home-based carers share the challenges experienced by those needing to access medication, such as transport difficulties or the lack of food. By drawing on this feedback, the government is able to resolve many of the emerging issues. For example, in the past, the health facilities would treat people living with HIV in separate spaces that were set aside in their clinics. This created stigma and discouraged people from seeking care for fear of disclosure because their presence would be noticed. Our home-based care workers intervened, and now all chronic patients are treated in the same area. They see themselves as the voice for the problems experienced by the users of government services."


Siyanqoba Community Support Group, South Africa

The Multiplier Effect of Home-Based Care

Millions of people that the mainstream HIV & AIDS response chronically fails to engage—especially children, girls and young women, grandmothers, and people living in remote and rural areas—are now living healthy lives, with real hope for the future, thanks to the efforts of community-based organizations. CBOs are reporting tremendous treatment adherence results, and clients who successfully graduate from home-based care support frequently become home-based care providers themselves. The care that the CBOs are giving to the people in their communities is generating an even greater capacity for these communities to care for themselves. Home-based care programmes, with their holistic approach, are making the resources that governments have invested in supplying ARV medication to the hospitals and clinics infinitely more effective.

Home-based care has become an essential part of the solution to the HIV & AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The real question now is how it will be funded. Government-sponsored health facilities are clearly coming to recognize the importance of the contribution the CBOs are making, as is abundantly evidenced by their greatly improved working relations with these organizations, the consistent development of mutual referral networks, and the integration of the CBOs’ home-based care providers into many aspect of the facilities’ own operations.

Unfortunately, this recognition has not yet translated into national governments increasing the financial resources they are willing to provide to community-based groups. Similarly, international HIV & AIDS funders seem on the brink of ‘discovering’ the community-based response. This change is most welcome, but it remains to be seen how this interest will actually translate into programme funding. The big players – organizations that implement massive, multi-million dollar programmes – are not currently talking about increasing their financial support to community-based organizations.

They’re talking about how they can pick up on some of the CBOs’ ideas, and then try to integrate them into their own programmes, directed by their headquarters and implemented by international staff.

The community-based response is not some sort of mathematical equation that can be mechanically applied by anyone, anywhere. There’s a real magic in how it works, and this is the magic of the local people who ‘have home-based care in our veins’. The big challenge in the coming years will be to table the evidence that this is so, and to bring some of the larger and more powerful HIV & AIDS funders on board.

Spotlight on Grassroots Spring 2019 will be coming out soon and will feature more about our partners’ home-based care programmes.

2. Updated UNAIDS Statistics on HIV Infection rates amongst Children and Youth 

On International Women’s Day 2019, UNAIDS released a special statement, citing devastating statistics about rising HIV infection rates amongst children and youth, and imploring the international community to act, and to act with urgency.

What we already knew – that gender-based violence and violations of women’s rights go hand-in-hand with an increase in HIV infection rates – is now horrifically told through numbers. AIDS-related illnesses remain the leading cause of death for women aged 15–49 years globally. In 2017, 66% of new HIV infections among 10–19-year-olds were among females globally—in eastern and southern Africa, 79% of new HIV infections among 10–19-year-olds were among females.

What other stories do these numbers tell us? They tell us, clearly, that community-based organizations need a groundswell of support to keep running their responsive, inclusive, by-and-for-the-community programmes, and to run more of them to reach more people and more communities.

It’s no coincidence that this is the conclusion that can be drawn from every new statistic that comes to light regarding HIV & AIDS. Because no international funders or organizations who implement programmes from the outside in are taking an approach as integrated and comprehensive as the work being done at the grassroots level. Within their umbrella of programmes, community-based organizations are offering support for young women, mothers, grandmothers, and this support encompasses so many intertwined interventions – income generation to support economic independence and lift families out of poverty, support groups, education, legal services, and that’s just scratching the surface. And within every unique program and initiative, these community-based organizations are steadfast in making sure the voices of women (of all ages) lead the way.

So while these statistics are heart wrenching, know that there are tenacious, determined and powerful African women supported by community-based organizations, taking the lead to bring an end to the scourge of AIDS and your acts of solidarity by raising funds and amplifying African grandmothers support their efforts.

3. Upcoming Campaign Calls: Recruiting New Members and More


We’re excited to launch a series of upcoming thematic Campaign Conference Calls for grandmothers groups and members to exchange ideas, best practices, tips and tricks and strengthen our community.

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 12:30pm EDT.

Thursday, April 18: Recruiting and Retaining New Members
What kind of outreach is your group engaged in to connect and recruit new members? Exchange strategies and tips that your group is finding successful for recruiting and engaging new members.

Thursday, May 16: Rejuvenating the Membership
How is your group keeping members sustained, engaged and rejuvenated? Exchange and share ideas and best practices for integrating fun, and educational components into group meetings and/or social opportunities.

These calls will be facilitated by the SLF Grandmothers Campaign Team to create space for idea-sharing while strengthening relationships and connections across the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. All members and groups are welcome to participate. Whether your group has experiences, strategies or tips to share, or your group is looking for new ideas, we look forward to inspiration being shared across the Campaign.

If you or your group are interested in participating in any of these calls, please RSVP to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org and we’ll provide you with the conference dial-in details. If you can't make the call but would like to access the summary document that will follow from the call, email us and we'll share the information with you. 

4. Fundraising Corner: There's a Fabric Frenzy Coming Up!

Well, it’s more than just a fabric frenzy. Fabric sales are a popular fundraising initiative for many grandmothers groups, and alongside fabric bargains, customers will also find yarn, thread, ribbon, knitting needles, sewing equipment, crafting supplies, etc. It’s a one-stop shop in support of the Grandmothers Campaign.

Don’t miss these upcoming sales!

Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27: Ujamaa Grandmas host their Fabric & Yarn Sale at Woodcliff United Church, Calgary, AB 2:30-7:30pm on Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturday.

Saturday, April 27: GrammaLink Africa host their Fabulous Fabric Sale at Gaetz Memorial United Church, Red Deer, AB from 9am-2pm.

Saturday, April 27: Grandmothers for Grandmothers Regina host their Fabric, Yarn & More Sale at Glen Elm Church of Christ in Regina, SK from 10am-3pm.

Saturday, April 27: G’Ma Circle of Charlottetown host their Fabric Sale at Spring Park United Church, Charlottetown, PEI from 9am-12noon.

Saturday, May 4: The GANG host their Fabulous Fabric Frenzy at Hardisty School in Edmonton, AB from 9am-3:30pm. (Admission $2)

Saturday, May 4: The Fabric & Yarn Sale at Saint Vincent de Paul Church in Dartmouth, NS from 9am-1pm is a collaborative initiative of grandmothers groups including Annie’s Grannies, Bay Grandmothers, Bedford Grannies, Cole Harbour-Dartmouth Grannies, Dartmouth Grannies, Malaika Grandmothers, Sackville Grandmothers, Supporting Africa Grandmothers’ Efforts (SAGE), The Rockingham Grannies and Ubuntu Grannies.

Saturday, June 1: Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Moncton host their Fabric & Yarn Sale at the Moncton Lions Club, Moncton, NB from 9am-1pm.

5. Are you ready to Stride to Turn the Tide?

Each June, since 2010, grandmothers group members walk alongside friends and family in Stride to Turn the Tide. Through their commitment and solidarity more than $2.2 million has been raised in support of African grandmothers at the heart of the response to the AIDS pandemic! 
 
It won’t be long before June is upon us and this year and we’re marking the 10th Annual Stride to Turn the Tide walk. Many grandmothers groups and community members have already registered their walks and some are already counting their steps for ‘virtual’ walks.

If your group is interested in participating in Stride this June, or if you are an individual member interested in counting steps while raising awareness and funds for African grandmothers, we are here to support you and help get you ready to stride.
 
Visit www.stridetoturnthetide.ca for materials, online fundraising resources and general Stride to Turn the Tide information, including walk dates and locations. You can contact us at stride@stephenlewisfoundation.org with any questions.

If you’re planning a Stride Walk in a public place, please register by May 15 to be included in our Stride Insurance Policy. This Policy covers walk locations across Canada between June 1-30, 2019. Contact stride@stephenlewisfoundation.orgfor more information.

6. Mother's Day Tributes: Honouring Mothers and Grandmothers

As members and supporters of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, you honour the mothers, grandmothers and caregivers in your life throughout the year by standing in solidarity with the mothers and grandmothers of Africa and the grassroots organizations that support them.
 
Once again this year, we wanted to let you know about Mother’s Day Tribute cards, in case you want to send one to the women in your life. If you would like to send a tribute, you can make a donation in lieu of – or in addition to – a gift, and send a beautiful printed or electronic card to your loved one(s). You can send one of the Foundation’s two available cards yourself, have us send it on your behalf, or donate online and send an e-card for immediate delivery. 
 

Thanks for reading this edition of the Bulletin!  
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Special Granny Bulletin                  
With Urgency and Heart: New Reports from the Grassroots in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,
 
We know that you share our  deep concern about the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai on communities across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. You may have seen or heard that the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) created an Emergency Relief Fund to raise urgently needs funds. Many of you have generously supported this fund. Your support and solidarity are deeply appreciated.

Over the past week, the SLF received updates from our community-based partner organizations in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and we're eager to share the following update sent to all SLF supporters from our colleagues, Zahra Mohamed, Interim Executive Director and Margaret Wright, Senior Director of Operations.

warmly, 
Sarah, Winnie, Megan and Asmita

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

We have now heard from most of our partner organizations in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and we wanted to share the updates with you. The toll of Cyclone Idai is devastating, and the response of our grassroots partners urgent and determined. We have all been saddened and filled with urgency at the news of the cyclone that swept through Africa last month, which has affected at least 1.7 million people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Staff at our partner organizations are travelling from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, assessing Cyclone Idai’s damages, and sending updates when they can. Vivid accounts and assessments have come to us from partners, accounts that powerfully bring home the human dimensions of the aftermath of the cyclone:



“This is a tragedy of epic proportions, and humanitarian assistance is urgently needed to alleviate suffering, ensure a modicum of human dignity for affected people, and to save lives,” and “People living with HIV and AIDS, and the elderly are at risk. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and adolescent girls are in critical situations, with lack of sanitary pads in camps, and basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothes, and blankets, being paramount.”

We know that our supporters join all of us at the Stephen Lewis Foundation in solidarity with those who are struggling to meet the needs of their communities, and we will continue to share their updates about what is happening, the temporary camps where displaced people are living, and their titanic efforts to rebuild.
 

In Mozambique and Malawi, for example, staff report that crops and roads are still flooded, drinking-water sources still compromised, and schools still closed (because they’re accommodating displaced families). People living with HIV are, alarmingly, susceptible to malaria and diseases caused by unclean drinking water, and grandmothers and families with intact houses are strained with the efforts to accommodate those who lost their homes.
 
In Zimbabwe, staff say that children and women in the country are absorbing the brunt of the damages. Sadly, this is not surprising. Recently, a United Nations report stated that 14 times the number of women, compared to men, die in tsunamis, hurricanes and other disasters induced by global warming. Living with HIV or raising children orphaned by AIDS multiplies the affects of climate-change disasters. “Global health will be shredded, and those who need health most will be abandoned to the gale force of climate change because those of us with a voice chose not to use it,” Stephen Lewis reminded a room full of scientists and researchers last year.
 
One of our partners saw the after effects of this in Chimanimani, in eastern Zimbabwe, after a landslide swept away homes in the middle of the night as people were sleeping. “It has been so devastating to think people were just swept away like that,” she said. “The official death toll is at 93, as of now, but hundreds are still missing.” There’s a need to collect and distribute food, clothing, blankets, medicines, and provide counselling support and healthcare for those who survived. Our partners are working with command centres set up in each province to coordinate emergency responses.

In Malawi, the full scale of the cyclone’s impact is now apparent, and the national government has declared a state of emergency as our partner organizations coordinate disaster response (including search and rescue) and distribute tents, food and emergency materials. In Chikwawa district, in southern Malawi, temporary camps are housing more than 32,000 people. Our partners say they need vehicles, fuel and more tents, food and supplies for the survivors. The disaster and emergency needs are gargantuan, but the capacity, determination, and networks of our partners on the ground are just as large.
 
Your contributions have been tremendous, and have already helped with providing food and shelter, and protecting women and children in vulnerable circumstances. However, the challenges are enormous, and the human toll devastating. Our grassroots partners are moving with urgency and heart to do as much as they can to save lives, alleviate suffering, and rebuild communities. Your generous support means the world: http://bit.ly/DONATE-NOW-Mobilize-Grassroots-Response

Sincerely,

Zahra Mohamed                                              Margaret Wright

Interim Executive Director,                         Senior Director of Operations,
The Stephen Lewis Foundation                  The Stephen Lewis Foundation
 

Contribute to the Emergency Response Fund

Photos provided by SLF partner, Centre for Alternatives for Victimized Women and Children (CAVWOC); taken by Steve Chirombo, Malawi News Agency


Granny Bulletin: March 2019

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. African Grandmothers: Building their Movement and Claiming their Rights
  2. Fundraising Corner: Grandmothers Getting Active
  3. Beds WithOut Breakfast, Your Home Away from Home
  4. Thank you for your Support of Aeroplan Mile Matching
  5. Spotlight on Grassroots Newsletter Coming this Spring! How would your group like to receive copies? 

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

Today is International Women’s Day. Women, and the human rights challenges women and girls still face the world over, are powerfully front of mind on this one day set aside to promote awareness of women's pivotal role in our societies.

As members and supporters of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, you stand in solidarity with the women of sub-Saharan Africa who stand at the heart of the response to AIDS. It is women in Africa who are most infected and affected by the AIDS pandemic. It is the women of Africa who have led the way in forming organizations, standing shoulder to shoulder to tend the sick, revitalizing communities and rebuilding resilience. It is the women of Africa discovering new approaches to the intersection of violence against women and girls and HIV infection, and raising a generation of children to thrive and overcome the ravages of 40 years of the AIDS pandemic!

The Stephen Lewis Foundation has said it from the very beginning: gender inequality drives the AIDS pandemic. We will never see the end of AIDS until violence, and the threat of violence, is eradicated. Nor until women have the sexual autonomy, community support, and economic power to protect themselves from infection. Until women – from girls to grandmothers – have access to the anti-retroviral medication needed to treat HIV and AIDS, the right gender-relevant supports and services, and are free from stigma and violence, the scourge of AIDS will continue. 

Community-based organizations run by and for women, girls, grandmothers, and all members of the community have made great strides, but there is much yet to be done. 

We want to leave you with these words from Jessica Horn, Director of Programmes, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) & Former Senior Advisor, African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women & Girls and HIV and AIDS (AIR). 

Dialogue is vital in coming to better understandings
of the problems that we face, but at some point, something needs to be done ... 

Philanthropy is a form of doing. Giving your resources, your time, your concern, your money, your voice is an act that says,  “I stand with you. I believe in your practical and your intellectual capacity to remake the world. And it’s maybe even a way of saying, “I love you."

International Women’s Day is a day of power, resistance, resilience, dignity and respect. Thank you for choosing solidarity over charity, and standing with the determined, expert African women who will turn the tide of AIDS, and who we honour today, and every day.
Warmly, 

Winnie, Megan, Asmita and Sarah 

1. African Grandmothers: Building their Movement and Claiming their Rights

From the launch of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in 2006, it was clear that there was a duality to the grandmothers’ movement. Coming together as grandmothers and grandothers is about ensuring that comprehensive programmes and services exist to support African grandmothers in their role as caregivers and heads of household – from healthcare to grief counselling, support with school fees and everything in between – but it is also, critically, about ensuring African grandmothers have the time, space and training to network and mobilize to demand systemic change in their communities and countries for themselves. 

National-level Grandmothers Gatherings in Uganda (2015), South Africa (2016) and Tanzania (2018) have acted as a springboard for African grandmothers’ movement-building within their countries. And since each Gathering, grandmothers and the community-based organizations (CBOs) that support them have built on the momentum generated during these Gatherings. We wanted to share some of these exciting updates with you, our grandmothers, friends and supporters who have followed the Gatherings closely. 

Committees and organizations to provide support, structure and training at national and local levels have emerged, or are emerging, in each country post-Gathering, as well as a push to have grandmothers represented at all levels of government.

In Uganda, the Grandmothers’ Consortium was formed by six CBOs and provides grandmothers a national platform to lobby for their rights, while offering training to build grandmothers’ leadership and advocacy capacities – something that never existed before. Through the Consortium, District Grandmothers Advocacy Groups have been formed in five areas across Uganda, which train grandmothers to lobby district and local authorities, and are holding three meetings each year with key decision makers in their districts.

The Consortium also works to put grandmothers’ issues in front of as wide of an audience as possible. Through appearances on community radio talk shows, posters promoting  grandmothers’ advocacy and organizing activities to promote grandmothers’ rights at key community events, grandmothers are claiming a well-deserved spotlight, and are becoming part of the political discourse in the country. As a result of the Consortium’s initiatives in Uganda, grandmothers will be increasingly included in decision-making processes and their issues will be recognized in local and national policies. In addition, grandmothers are running for political positions at the local level – and winning! Electing grandmothers to national child protection councils and land rights councils will lead to dramatic changes in the lives of grandmothers, as they will have improved access to services and rights-based policies.

In South Africaregional councils of Grandmothers have been formed, to mobilize grandmothers throughout the (very large) country. One of the pressing issues in South Africa articulated by the grandmothers is the inadequate and damaging way in which child care grants are administered by the government. The grandmothers are focusing on lobbying and advocacy efforts to make significant improvements in the policy and its implementation. 

In addition, South African grandmothers are mobilizing around elder abuse and violence, and fighting to make the healthcare system more responsive to their particular needs. They often have to travel long distances to access HIV medication, and stand in lines for hours, only to receive less medication than they need, necessitating another trip and great physical – and financial – hardship.

The momentum is building in exciting ways from last year’s Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering. A National Grandmothers Council has been formed to bridge grassroots grandmothers and the government and ensure that the voices and expertise of grandmothers are heard, amplified, and given adequate support at local and national levels. The National Grandmothers Council endeavours to create and mentor local Grandmother Committees as a next step to provide wraparound support to grandmothers at all levels and ensure that grandmothers needs, demands and human rights are part of every conversation and on every agenda. The Council is gearing up to hold planning meetings with grandmother and local government leadership representatives to strategize on sustainable and effective movement-building. 

The advocacy work that grandmothers in Uganda, South Africa and Tanzania (as three examples in sub-Saharan Africa) are taking is critically important. And yet, for reasons unfathomable to us, funding for this kind of mobilization and activism work is exceedingly difficult to raise from funding agencies.

We celebrate grandmothers groups and Grandmothers Campaign members for your steadfast commitment and fundraising to ensure African grandmothers’ own voices can lead this movement.

2. Fundraising Corner: Grandmothers Getting Active!

Starting to feel a spring in your step? Spring isn’t yet in the air in many communities, but grandmothers groups are getting active (literally and figuratively!) with their fundraising initiatives.



Just today, grandmothers in the Vancouver, BC area, the Greater Van Gogos, are launching “For the Love of Grandmothers”, a fitness challenge running from March – September, ending on Grandparents Day. Participants can choose the physical activity that best suits them (ex. cycling, swimming, walking) dedicating their challenge to a grandmother they love while supporting African grandmothers raising a generation of children and youth orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. 

This month, Toronto based grandmothers groups, Brookbanks for African Grannies, Old Orchard Blossoms and Toronto Grandmothers Embrace, are hosting a Wellness Day of yoga, pilates, meditation, qi gong, tai chi and more! 

Grandmothers are lacing up their sneakers to walk in solidarity with African grandmothers as part of the 10th Annual Stride to Turn the Tide walk throughout the month of June. Some groups have already registered and even counting steps and building community support. You can register your walk or get more information about participating
by visiting www.stridetoturnthetide.ca and contacting stride@stephenlewisfoundation.org

And, it surely won’t be long before we hear the ringing bells of grandmothers on their bicycles as they gear up for cycle rides in September. 

To learn more about or join any of these upcoming events, contact us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org or call us at 1-888-203-9990 ext.0.

3. Beds WithOut Breakfast, Your Home Away from Home

Did you know the Beds WithOut Breakfast programme was conceived at the original international Grandmothers Gathering in 2006? It sprang from the question as to how to host visiting African grandmothers and deepen the connection to the Campaign at the same time, and still does that but has also transformed since! 

How Beds WithOut Breakfast Works 
Grandmothers group members host guests in their homes, in return for a donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, creating a win-win-win as the guests save money, the hosts get to meet grandmothers (and friends of the Campaign) from across the country and the money supports our African sisters. The originators came up with the name to avoid the expectation of providing the elaborate breakfasts associated with B&B's, (but in practice many homes provide a light breakfast). There are hosts in seven Canadian provinces, Yukon Territory and now even in England, an easy commute from London. Please spread the word among your friends as some hosts welcome referred guests who are not travelling with grandmother group members. 

You can find an up-to-date list of hosts here

4. A Thank You that Spreads for Miles!


Last month, we reminded you about the SLF’s Aeroplan Mile Matching week and asked you to help us get the word out to your Miles-collecting friends, colleagues and family members. We are elated to share that, thanks to your support and your efforts, we raised 2.1 million miles!  Thank you!
 
You know that when policy and funding decisions around HIV & AIDS are being made at the international level, African experts must be present, heard and counted! Yet far too often, community leaders, grassroot experts and innovators from the frontlines of the pandemic, are not able to attend. Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, this year we can bring more African advocates and activists to speak truth to power and put the AIDS          pandemic back on the global agenda.


 Every act of solidarity counts, and every dollar, every mile matters. Thank you so much for making this possible  - we couldn’t do it without you!

5. Spotlight on Grassroots Coming this Spring! How would your group like to receive copies?

Every Spring and Fall, respectively, our Spotlight on Grassroots and Grassroots newsletters hit mailboxes.  As part of the greater SLF community, we have always mailed a hardcopy newsletter to each grandmothers group member that we have in our database because we want to update you on the new and exciting strides being taken by the people and organizations that are turning the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa. 

We have heard from some groups that your members would prefer to not get an individual mailing but rather to send a bundle of the newsletters to your group’s main contact for sharing at meetings.  If this is something your membership would be interested in, send us a quick email and we’ll make that change on our end!  If you’d like us to update this in advance of the Spring Spotlight on Grassroots, please let us know by March 30th.

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Granny Bulletin: February 2019

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Double Your Impact! Aeroplan Mile Matching Week starts Today.
  2. Bringing New Members into the Grandmothers Campaign Community
  3. Raising Online Funds: Grandmothers Pledge Pages
  4. Fundraising Corner: February Festivities

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

Many of you have told us that a question you are commonly asked – whether at events, or in conversation about your work with the Grandmothers Campaign – is if the AIDS pandemic is over.

As members of the grandmothers movement, and subscribers to the Granny Bulletin, you know that while the tide is turning, the pandemic continues to cast a large, dark shadow over communities across the African continent, and around the world. Just last month, new and devastating statistics were released and it feels critical that we share those here, along with an exploration of why a grassroots response is and always will be the key to reducing the magnitude of these numbers.

Over the past few months, the SLF has been shining a spotlight on community-based organizations’ initiatives created for and by youth. You’ve heard us talk about the crisis and rising HIV infection rates amongst youth. Two thirds of young people who are newly HIV infected are young girls and women in Africa. According to UNAIDS, there are 6,900 new infections amongst young women aged 15-24 every week. Access to anti-retroviral medications remains a challenge for many regardless of age.

In January, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), shared dire news of increasing rates of HIV among children and adolescents in western and central African countries. And with it, a welcome call to action we hope the international community will heed, to "pick up the pace" in responding to the crisis.

We have been sounding the alarm about the decreases in international funding for HIV & AIDS for some time. From the very outset of the SLF and Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, we have known that community-based organizations and local expertise and knowledge are the most effective ways of addressing the myriad of challenges of the pandemic. We’re hopeful that the increased international attention to community-based interventions will also lead to increased funding. 

Community-based organizations implement initiatives like early childhood education programmes, peer-to-peer counselling and clubs for youth. They also facilitate capacity building for community members and support innovative income generating opportunities for grandmothers and mothers. While CBOs bring ingenuity and responsiveness to new programmes to support and engage young people, they are at the same time, working directly with grandmothers to develop programmes in response to the existing and emerging needs – including support for grandmothers and caregivers who continue to confront new challenges as a generation of young people grow into adulthood. 

The interconnected responses of community-based organizations which address not only individualized needs but the needs of communities as a whole remain vital and are increasingly being recognized as the most effective ways to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa. These organizations are determinedly rebuilding resilience and reclaiming hope. And, the common thread that is woven through the fabric of every grassroots response and intervention is this: it remains the grandmothers who are at the heart of this response, holding families and communities together. 

Through our commitment and resolve within the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign we continue to deepen our solidarity and amplify the voices of African grandmothers. The awareness and funds raised sustain an enormous scope of work that has deep and lasting impacts across generations.

Warmly, 
Winnie, Megan, Asmita and Sarah 

1. Double Your Impact! Aeroplan Mile Matching Week starts Today.

Double your Impact! From February 11th to 17th, Aeroplan will match the Miles donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation (up to 500,000 Miles)!
Aeroplan Miles are critical to the work we do at the Stephen Lewis Foundation. These miles enable us to bring African grandmothers and grassroots experts and leaders to speak directly to us and allow the SLF Field Reps to visit communities to meet with our community-based partner organizations. Aeroplan Miles have generated opportunities for our partners to come together to learn from one another and exchange ideas, strategies and best practices. Aeroplan Miles help us keep our administrative costs low.

All miles contributed make a powerful difference in supporting grassroots organizations in Africa to turn the tide of AIDS, and this week they have double the impact when each mile donated is matched. 

If you have friends or family who would like to donate miles between February 11th and 17th, please direct them to visit stephenlewisfoundation.org/aeroplan to donate miles and have Aeroplan match them.

2. Bringing New Members into the Grandmothers Campaign Community

Through conversations with members of the Grandmothers Campaign, including our monthly Grandmothers Campaign information calls*, we’ve been hearing about the many ways groups have found to invite and welcome new members into their groups and the wider Grandmothers Campaign community.

Here are a few specific ways that groups have shared about how they’ve connected with new members, and how they cultivate a strong sense of community around the Grandmothers Campaign:

  • Getting social – members of grandmothers groups consistently share that while group business and event planning is absolutely important, it’s equally important and productive for groups to incorporate time for group members to spend time together as friends.
  • Channeling new energy – long-time members of the Grandmothers Campaign have shared that welcoming new members into their group has been energizing for them, and giving new members leeway to share new ideas for fundraisers and run with them (with support from other group members) has led to some great events.
  • Taking stock – a couple groups have shared that they created a simple survey to take stock of members’ skills and interests to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to do what they love, and equally, surveys are a great way to find out if members are interested in jumping into existing group activities and initiatives that they may not know about.
  • Ask, “Why?” – Carving out time to have a group-wide discussion about why each member (new and long-time members) joined the Grandmothers Campaign, and what brought them to the Grandmothers Campaign.
  • Bring a friend – Encouraging members to bring a friend to a meeting, an event or a casual get-together with your group members is a great way to expose more people to the culture and community of your group.

This list is by no means complete, in fact, we’re calling on you to share your own ideas for reaching out to new members – how has your group found new members in the past? What’s an idea you’ve been mulling over for outreach, but you haven’t yet tried? Share your ideas and we’ll share them back out across the Campaign!

*Reminder: Anyone is welcome to join our Grandmothers Campaign calls. While these calls usually take place on the third Monday of the month, due to a statutory holiday in many Canadian provinces this month, the February call will be held on Tuesday, February 19th at 12:30 PM Eastern Time, for dial-in details, email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org or call 1-888-203-9990 x 0.

3. Raising Online Funds: Grandmothers Pledge Pages

Did you know the Grandmothers Campaign online fundraising pages are live?

The 10th annual Stride to Turn the Tide online fundraising pages are live, as well as the general Grandmothers Campaign online fundraising pages that can be used for all other events. These pages let you raise awareness and funds amongst friends and family near and far. If you’d like more information or want help in setting up a fundraising page, our team is here to help you every step of the way.

Contact the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign Team at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org or check out the Grandmothers Pledge Pages.
Visit www.stridetoturnthetide.ca to join a Stride walk.

4. Fundraising Corner: February Festivities


February may be a short month, but grandmothers groups across the Campaign have collectively filled the calendar with enticing events! This month, the BramGrans will be holding a “Share Your Heart Breakfast,” Oomama has organized a “Sounds of Love & Hope Concert” and the Mariposa Grandmothers are getting ready to turn the page on their beloved Annual Book Exchange. The Burlington Ubuntu Grandwomen are inviting their community in to a “Circle of Harmony” concert. While Canadian grandmothers groups keep their events indoors during our Northern winter, The Bayside Grandmothers are holding their Garden Afternoon Tea down under in Australia. Hearing of their tea and the plants for sale has us dreaming of summer!

Rounding out the month and leading us into March, many groups across the Campaign are gearing up for their annual Power of Words, Good Words for Africa or Scrabble events. To the Golden Ears Gogos, the Lanark County Grannies, Grandmothers and Friends for Africa, Capilano Grandmothers to Grandmothers, Lions Gate Gogos, West Van Gogos, The GANG and the Salt Spring Island Grandmothers to Grandmothers we wish you many triple word scores and triple that amount of fun!

Check out the Events Calendar or find more details on Grandmothers Groups Facebook pages.
 

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Special Granny Bulletin: News from the SLF Board Co-Chairs

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

Please find below a message from the Co-Chairs of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Board. If you have any questions please be in touch with the Grandmothers Campaign Team. 

Kind regards, 
Sarah, Winnie, Megan and Asmita

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Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers

We are writing, with a combination of regret and enthusiasm, to tell you of a significant change in the leadership of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. After fifteen years at the helm of the Foundation, our founding Executive Director, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis has decided to move on. It was a terribly difficult decision for Ilana to make.
 
She threw her life, stupendous energy, endlessly fertile imagination and passionate commitment to grassroots efforts around HIV & AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, into building the Foundation and, over time, turned it into one of the most formidable development organizations of Canadian civil society.

From the extraordinary success in funding grassroots projects in fifteen African countries, to the brilliant creation of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, to the remarkable Grandmother gatherings in African countries, to the astonishing fund-raising galas like Hope Rising, to the current focus on gathering information from indigenous African Community-Based Organizations --- information of such value that the Foundation is now celebrated and consulted internationally on the role of CBOs --- to the raising of well over one hundred million dollars since 2003, to the principled focus on vulnerable groups; women and girls and the LGBTQ community … in every sense Ilana provided leadership that was without equal in its field.
 
It must also be said that perhaps Ilana’s greatest achievement has been the respect and dignity accorded our African partners. The Foundation has, from the outset, worked on the premise that the projects in Africa know best what is required in the fight against the pandemic, and the Foundation exists to respect their priorities. That partnership is a matter of intense pride at both ends of the spectrum. It is fair to say that our African partners love the Foundation, and the love is reciprocal. And that love and support has expanded exponentially with the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign!
 
Of course, Ilana did not build the Foundation alone, and together with you, and the passionate, committed and talented staff of the SLF, she leaves us with an organization that is vibrant and resolute.  And of course it will continue…as it should, and as it must.  We are not yet at the end of the scourge of AIDS in Africa, and as the world begins to retreat from funding the work at the grassroots across the continent, we are confident that you will be there with us to insist that African grandmothers and their community-based organizations at the heart of the response are not forgotten. In addition, the Board of the Foundation has asked Ilana to stay on in an Advisory capacity for a year and she has agreed. This role will allow Ilana to pursue new and strategic fund development and growth opportunities for the SLF, and secure, even more firmly, the financial base. The transition to new leadership will be seamless.
 
So Ilana’s departure as Executive Director is what we meant at the outset when we used the word ‘regret’. But we also used ‘enthusiasm’, and that applies to her immediate successor. We are delighted and proud to inform you that Zahra Mohamed will assume the post of Interim Executive Director, effective February 25th. Everyone in the Stephen Lewis Foundation family knows and admires Zahra. She has been a force in the Foundation for more than a decade, as a member of the Programme Team, as Director of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, as Director of Canadian Partnerships and Human Resources, and currently as Deputy Director. The beauty of having Zahra, is the depth of continuity: she knows the values and operations of the Foundation, inside-out. She knows the Board, she knows the staff, she knows the projects, she knows the programmes, she knows the funding. Where could we find a better person?
 
In sum, we are absolutely confident that the Foundation has many more worlds yet to conquer, and we rejoice in the knowledge that you will continue to be with us every step of the way, to ensure that the African grandmothers and grandchildren and their community-based organizations continue to thrive, organize and overcome.
 
Warm Regards,






Granny Bulletin: January 2019

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Report from Funders Concerned About AIDS
  2. What Does your Shirt Say?
  3. Are you Ready to Stride to Turn the Tide?
  4. Fundraising Corner: Ideas for Small & Mighty Groups
  5. Save the Date: Aeroplan Miles Matching Week is Back February 11-17!

Happy New Year Grandmothers and Grandothers!

The turning of the calendar from one year to another brings an opportunity for reflection and even sometimes, a moment of pause. For many, it is a time of setting intentions and resolutions, planning ahead and perhaps an embracing of fresh starts, activities or pursuits. However you are beginning this New Year, we wish you all good health, joy and happiness in 2019.

We have seen a flurry of events and group meeting announcements shared on Facebook and with us via email. We, too, are planning for an energetic and busy year within the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and are so happy that you are with us for what will be a great year. We want to share what we hope will be three sparks of inspiration as this New Year begins and we continue our collective work in solidarity with African grandmothers.  

We know all too well about the invisibility that grandmothers face at large in society, but we know too, that while there remains much work to do, increasingly, African grandmothers' voices are being heard, and their contributions and leadership are being noted.

Ma Thandi got involved with Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) in South Africa more than ten years ago. Today, she’s a finalist for “Brave Women in South Africa”, a recognition of her leadership and contributions to her community. Her story and the work of GAPA were featured recently in a local television programme.  Click to view.

You'll recall from the December Granny Bulletin, the update we shared about Stephen and his recovery.

      He is, indeed, back to work and we are excited to           share his  first video message  of 2019 through AIDS       Free World with you,  in case you haven’t seen it.
     We know you will be as delighted as we are to                 hear him in fiery form.
     Click to view his video message.

Ilana penned her annual letter to grandmothers and grandothers – you can find the full letter in the Members Section of the Grandmothers Campaign website. We wanted to share some of her reflections with you here.

"The Solidarity you show every day in the Campaign has a direct and palpable impact on the way people respond to the Campaign. The way African Grandmothers know you stand with them and will not drift away or change priorities (as so many donor organizations do), and the way the SLF is able to maintain our deep commitment to respecting the direction and trajectories of our grassroots partners and the Grandmothers themselves. Because of your tenacity, creativity, commitment and enthusiasm and perseverance (!), we are able to ensure that Grandmothers and their groups can plan into the future, school fees for next year, a bigger vegetable garden plot, a brick-making machine for the community, an office to meet in… and the SLF can plan for all this too.
 
The ripple effects across generations, through tens of thousands of lives, both in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Campaign and our own families and communities, and as a global inspiration – of the 
Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and the $33 million raised - is simply revolutionary, stirring, and intensely meaningful. As I write, I feel words are inadequate to capture the significance of your dedication and tireless efforts, and the extraordinary strides and life-altering progress made by the African Grandmothers and their grassroots organizations. It fills our hearts and keeps us in exhilarated lock-step with you!" 

We hope this will embolden and energize you as we set about this important solidarity work!  

Warmly,
Asmita, Winnie, Megan and Sarah

1. Report from Funders Concerned About AIDS

The 16th annual Philanthropic Support to Address HIV&AIDS report recently released by Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA) revealed that in 2017, private philanthropic funding for HIV & AIDS decreased by 5%, or $37 million. While this is disconcerting on its own, the FCAA goes on to forecast that government funding for HIV & AIDS is also likely to fall back to stagnant levels in the coming years, despite UNAIDS reporting an increase this past July for the first time in several years. The FCAA points out that the reason for this increase is due to funds that had accrued in previous years without being spent, and is therefore not a sustainable increase, nor an accurate portrayal of future trends in government funding.

It is, however, quite hopeful to see that funding for certain vulnerable populations, such as LGBTQ communities, has risen. In addition, grants supporting general operating expenses and administration also increased, which is crucial if organizations responding to the AIDS pandemic are to function properly and build their capacity to implement effective programmes.

On the heels of this report, we want to reaffirm, acknowledge and applaud the collective work of grandmothers groups. Your fierce determination has provided consistent levels of funding to the Stephen Lewis Foundation since the launch of the Grandmothers Campaign, and your focus on ensuring community-based organizations have the resources they need to holistically support African grandmothers and the children in their care has never wavered. Let us hope that the international community can take a cue from your solidarity and belief that it would be detrimental to decrease or withdraw funding until the tide of HIV & AIDS has fully turned.

If you’d like to read more about the report and the FCAA’s full insights into current and future funding levels, click here.

2. What Does your Shirt Say?

Are you looking for a way to showcase your Campaign commitment and strike up conversation in your community?  Look no further for your chance to order a Grandmothers Campaign t-shirt, printed and coordinated by grandmothers group member, Carol, from the Peninsula Grannies.

These t-shirts are 100% cotton (with compacted yarns to minimize shrinkage).  They have tapered necks and shoulder and a tear-away label.  Available in sizes XS-4XL.  Available in a range of colours: Black, Charcoal, Maroon, Kelly Green, Navy, Purple, Red, Royal Blue – all with the white Grandmothers Campaign logo.

They are $23.00 each (which includes the shipping cost to one address per group, with no minimum amount).  All profits from the sales go towards the SLF (through the Peninsula Grannies).

The last date to order is March 15, 2019. Please contact Carol Schultz from Bruce Peninsula Grandparent Connection at moosieschultz@msn.com or 519-795-7798.

3. Are You Ready to Stride to Turn the Tide?

Every June, grandmothers and grandothers walk in solidarity with the grandmothers of Africa who walk with purpose every day. This June marks the 10th Annual Stride to Turn the Tide walk. What started with one grandmothers group in Canmore, Alberta has blossomed into an annual event with thousands of participants and supporters coast-to-coast in Canada.

The online fundraising pages are live and we are eager to support grandmothers and grandothers who are interested in walking – whether virtually, with individual participants tracking steps taken over the course of several weeks, or with an in-person walk in June.

If you or your group are interested in Striding this year, you can learn more and set up your team’s page by visiting Stride to Turn the Tide or you can email stride@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

If you would like to be notified of a walk in your area to join or support, email or call us! We are excited to be Striding together this momentous year! 

p.s. If you’re looking for a way to showcase your Stride Pride, maybe a set of matching t-shirts? (See "What does your Shirt Say?" above.)

4. Fundraising Corner: Ideas for Small & Mighty Groups


Grandmothers groups across the Campaign range in size from one member to 400 members! While many hands make light work, some groups have fewer hands but just as much determination. In the spirit of sharing tips, tricks, and fundraising ideas with smaller groups – do you have great fundraising ideas, events, and initiatives that could be easily implemented by a grandmothers group with 10 or fewer members? Share ideas with us!

This trove of ideas will be equally helpful for new groups to help them build momentum. We’ll compile all the submissions we receive to share with you on the Grandmothers Campaign website, and add them to a special section in the Fundraising Catalogue.

To share an idea with us, send a short write-up directly to your Grandmothers Campaign Officer or email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org

Thanks very much for sharing your creativity and experience across the Campaign!
 

5. Save the Date: Aeroplan Miles Matching Week is Back February 11-17!

Aeroplan miles go the distance in facilitating all aspects of the work we do at the Stephen Lewis Foundation. From enabling travel for us to hear directly from African grandmothers and other experts and leaders, to project visits by the SLF’s trusted Field Representatives who conduct Monitoring and Evaluation work. Aeroplan Miles are vital to us doing our work and keeping our administrative costs low.

February 11-17, 2019 is Miles Matching Week where  miles donated to the SLF is matched by Aeroplan 1 for 1! We wanted to give you advance notice, in case your family or friends collect Aeroplan Miles and might want to donate as part of our annual push. We’ll share details that you can forward to anyone  who collects Aeroplan Miles in the February Granny Bulletin.

Thanks for reading this edition of the Bulletin!  

As always, to keep up-to-date and hear from the Campaign between Bulletin editions, follow us on Facebook - we share many photos, quotes and interesting updates!


Granny Bulletin: December 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Grandmothers Flash Mobs for World AIDS Day

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

In communities around the world, events and memorials are being held to commemorate World AIDS Day. The lives of the thousands lost are being remembered and honoured. While the devastation left in the wake of the AIDS pandemic is on all our minds every World AIDS Day, it is also an important day to reflect on the work that is yet to be done, and the monumental gains that have been made in rebuilding resilience by grassroots groups across sub-Saharan Africa, and the grandmothers, vulnerable and orphaned children and courageous advocates living with HIV & AIDS, who are determined to turn the tide of AIDS.

We know you will be happy to hear that Stephen is doing extremely well, recovering nicely and looking forward to returning to all the work that he does in the next few weeks! We are happy to share with you the text of the message he wrote for our annual World AIDS Day postcard:  


It's difficult, especially in a postcard, to combine outrage with hope. But let me try.

Outrage is straightforward: the ruinous malice of Trumpian financial cut-backs to global public health are causing devastation in Africa for all those requiring prevention, treatment and care in the world of HIV & AIDS.

Hope is tougher: but hope surely lies in the stunning work of community-based organizations, improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of grandmothers, young women, and children. 

Hope also lies in the hearts of all of you who, on this World AIDS Day, stand for decency and humanity."

In the Grandmothers Campaign, many of you are marking World AIDS Day with awareness and fundraising activities, whether it be through vigils, dinners, concerts, fundraising or flash mobs. Throughout the year, your fundraising and awareness-raising efforts and support are helping to keep HIV & AIDS on the radar in communities, and we know on this day you feel moved, as well. Your heartfelt commitment and the strength of your solidarity makes the Grandmothers Campaign a powerful sisterhood stretching out across continents. 

Many of the SLF’s community-based partners are holding events today and throughout the month of December to commemorate World AIDS Day. In Uganda, the Grandmothers Consortium is hosting awareness raising and advocacy activities to mark the day, led by their national Grandmothers Champions and grandmothers across the country. In Mozambique, Kukumbi – Organization for Rural Development have organized their annual celebration to mark World AIDS Day to bring the community together for song, dance, drama and a shared meal. And the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation in Malawi is bringing women together to participate in a Candle Light Memorial. This commemoration raises awareness of the issues facing women with HIV & AIDS while providing them an opportunity to showcase the organization’s activities and initiatives.

The power of this solidarity movement, of which you are all a part, inspires hope for the future and in the resilience of grandmothers and the children in their care across communities in sub-Saharan Africa. In the myriad of ways that you are involved in the Campaign, your creativity and commitment strengthens this movement. 

Warmly,
Asmita, Winnie, Megan and Sarah

1. Grandmothers Flash Mobs for World AIDS Day

Throughout November, grandmothers and grandothers rehearsed and danced in solidarity, holding Flash Mobs across Canada in malls, markets, and campuses to raise awareness about the scale of the global AIDS pandemic, and the herculean role African grandmothers are playing in the response. Members and supporters of the Grandmothers Campaign turned heads dancing to the song, Powered by Love, written and sung especially for the Grandmothers Campaign by Zev Landsberg-Lewis with his band “Flying Without Tickets”.  

CLICK HERE to see grandmothers and grandothers flash mobbing for World AIDS Day!

In anticipation of World AIDS Day, we released the compilation video of the 2018 Flash Mobs on the Grandmothers Campaign Facebook Pageyesterday. Help us send it far and wide to raise awareness, funds and bring new grandmothers and grandothers to the Grandmothers Campaign. Like, share, and re-post the video on your own Facebook page (or email it to friends and family!), and consider showing it at a group meeting or future fundraising event. With your help we will grow this global movement that is built on solidarity and powered by love. 

Not on Facebook? No problem! You can watch the video on YouTube as well!

(P.S. We dare you not to tap your toes and join in the choreography as you watch!)

Granny Bulletin: October 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Flash Mobs: Dancing in the Streets, Malls and Markets
  2. Holiday Tributes Available
  3. Fundraising Corner: Trivia Nights, Games and Tournaments
  4. Grandmothers Groups Materials, Guides and Resources

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,
 
The pace always seems to accelerate, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere, as summer transitions into autumn. 
 
Throughout September and October, the Grandmothers Campaign team travelled across Canada with Idah Mukuka Nambeya (Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers Campaign) and three special guests, Mama Zodwa Ndlovu from South Africa, Pfiriaeli Kiwia from Tanzania and Josephine Nabukenya from Uganda to participate in Regional Grandmothers Gatherings.
 
Many of you will remember Mama Zodwa from the 2006 Toronto Grandmothers Gathering and from the African Grandmothers Tribunal in 2013. Mama Zodwa continues her community mobilizing through Siyaphambili, the centre she established in South Africa. Through her involvement on the South Africa Grandmothers Gathering Organizing Committee, her involvement with South African grandmothers’ advocacy has deepened.
 
Josephine Nabukenya first visited Canada with the SLF in May. She was one of four young community leaders and health advocates to participate in a Youth & HIV roundtable. Josephine started a youth support group more than 10 years ago as she experienced the need for youth to support one another through psychosocial support, play and education.
 
Pfiriaeli Kiwia is an economist and a founder of Kimara Peers Educators in Tanzania. She is a respected leader and advocate across Tanzania and was the co-chair of the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering last March.
 
Zodwa, Josephine and Pfiriaeli shared their insights and expertise and inspired everyone they encountered. Each of them spoke about women – grandmothers in particular – at the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic and the community-driven response to HIV. They deepened our understanding of the challenges faced by women across generations and countries, and how these same women are addressing these challenges and finding resourceful, creative ways to implement change. You can hear some of what they had to share by visiting the videos section of the Grandmothers Campaign Facebook page.
 
The opportunities we have to participate in Gatherings and your regional conversations and events, inspire and excite us. We’ve been privileged to be a part of conversations and listen and learn from what you’ve shared about what inspires your involvement in the Grandmothers Campaign, what you enjoy most, the challenges and how you are tackling them. We’re excited to continue and deepen these conversations with you in the coming months.
 
Warmly,
The Grandmothers Campaign Team
 

1. Flash Mobs: Dancing in the Streets, Malls and Markets

Flash Mob rehearsals are underway as we’ve heard updates of dance practices happening at Gatherings, group meetings and in kitchens!
 
Don’t forget to send us the details for your Flash Mob so we can dance in solidarity with you. It’s also important to share your Flash Mob details with us, if you’d like to be added to the SLF insurance coverage, please contact us ASAP.

It’s not too late to join in. We've got everything you need to do your Flash Mob: instructional videos, a lyrics and dance moves cheat sheet to help you follow along, and a Flash Mob guide to support you in organizing your Flash Mob and getting out into the community dancing. All of these resources can be accessed here. If you would like a copy of the instructional video on DVD or song on CD sent to you, please email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

3. Holiday Tributes Available

Every year, the SLF offers Holiday Tribute Cards in November and December to those who wish to make a donation in lieu of a gift. Over the past few years, we have also invited grandmothers groups to participate, if you would like, by making Holiday Tribute Cards available to your supporters.
 
Each card represents a donation of $10 or more.  It includes the message, “I wanted to give you a gift that is truly meaningful by making a donation in your honour to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Happy Holidays!”
 
As always, donations of $20 or more are eligible for a Canadian tax receipt since the cards are not being purchased or given in exchange for a donation (rather they are a token of gratitude that your supporters can use to notify their loved ones of a holiday tribute). If you’d like to request holiday cards for your group to have on hand at upcoming fundraisers and events, please email your Grandmothers Campaign Officer, or campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org

4. Fundraising Corner: Trivia Nights, Games and Tournaments 

Tap into your competitive and fun side with grandmothers group-hosted games nights. Here’s a peek at upcoming events happening in November.

  • Alberta’s Eastside Grannies' “Good Words for Africa Scrabble Benefit” on Nov. 4th
  • Ontario’s Omas Siskona of K-W's Scrabble and games night on Nov. 11th
  • Saskatchewan’s G4G Regina’s Scrabble fundraiser on Nov. 17th

Get the full details about these events and others on the Grandmothers Campaign Event Calendar. Would you like to have your grandmothers group event listed on the calendar? Contact campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org
 
Scrabble Hint: Oxyphenbutazone is rumoured to be the highest scoring word at 1778 points.  The sixth edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” was recently released and apparently includes 300 new words!

5. Updates and Resources for Grandmothers Groups

We have heard from you and appreciate all of your feedback and suggestions – we’re (updating) revamping and revising online fundraising pages, our website and materials over the next few months. To keep you up-to-date, we’ve created a Grandmothers Campaign Resource Update designed to let you know what resources we will have in place to support your efforts.  You can download it here.

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Granny Bulletin: September 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Pull out your Dance Shoes: Flash Mobs are Happening 
  2. Save the Date for Women and HIV&AIDS: An Intergenerational Conversation on Facebook Live
  3. Solidarity Not Charity
  4. Grandmothers on the Move Podcast
  5. Fundraising Corner: Upcoming Art Sales and Auctions
  6. Regional Grandmothers Gatherings Coming Up
  7. New Member Calls
  8. African Food for Thought Cookbook: An Offer and Invitation

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

It’s hard to believe that five years ago this week, six grandmothers from Swaziland, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe took to the podium and shared testimonies at the African Grandmothers Tribunal in Vancouver, B.C. before more than 1,300 grandmothers and grandothers and four Tribunal judges to demand justice. 

They declared, “Our labour, with all of its struggles, challenges, knowledge and triumphs, has gone unheeded for too long. We will not let the AIDS pandemic defeat us, but we cannot prevail alone. We call on you to act with urgency to support our efforts to secure justice.”

The resulting Call to Action remains urgent now, more than ever, as grandmothers continue to face the triple threat of discrimination at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic, based on sex, age, and HIV status. Today, these African grandmothers and thousands more are leading a rights-based response to the AIDS pandemic. They are mobilizing and advocating for their Human Rights, running for elected office, raising a generation of strong, young women and men, who are leaders themselves. They do this all while continuing to hold communities together and fighting for the justice at the frontlines.
 
Grandmothers and women leaders will be visiting North America in the coming weeks and months. We’re looking forward to the opportunities for you to hear firsthand from them and to learn about how their work continues and evolves. 
 
Warmly,
The Grandmothers Campaign Team – Megan, Winnie, Asmita and Sarah

1. Pull out your Dance Shoes: Flash Mobs are Happening

Grandmothers Flash Mobs are back by popular demand! We heard from so many of you that this awareness-raising event was not only fun and easy, but a special way to connect together over the fall. This year, we’ll be dancing to the “Powered by Love” song, written and sung by Zev Landsberg-Lewis specially for the grandmothers and released for the Powered by Love book launches in October 2017. 

With the intention to create a grand group compilation video, grandmothers groups are encouraged to organize a Flash Mob anytime between November 1-19. Use the opportunity to raise awareness about your group and the Grandmothers Campaign in your community in a fun way. We’re asking all participating groups to videotape your Flash Mob and send it to us, so we can prepare a compilation video to release on World AIDS Day on December 1st. You can videotape your Flash Mob on your smartphone.

To join, get your Flash Mob (whether it be only your group, your group with friends and family, a few groups together in your region), we’ve prepared a package of materials - including an instructional video to help you learn the dance moves, a lyrics and dance moves cheat sheet, a Flash Mob Guide, registration and insurance coverage information - to provide you with tools for your planning and preparation. Need insurance? We have you covered! Please be in touch with us as soon as possible to confirm the date and location of your Flash Mob. We cannot wait to dance with you again this year! All of these resources are available on the Members Only section of our website. If you need the password or you have questions, please email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

If you are new to the Campaign and wondering what this Flash Mob business is all about, in 2016, to mark World AIDS Day, more than 40 grandmothers groups across Canada, participated in Flash Mobs. 

Dancing to Aretha Franklin and the Eurythmics,’ “Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves”, grandmothers and grandothers danced in malls, universities, grocery stores, and farmers markets to raise awareness about the AIDS pandemic. 

2. Save the Date for Women and HIV&AIDS: An Intergenerational Conversation on Facebook Live

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 join us on the Grandmothers Campaign Facebook page to watch an extraordinary conversation between three dynamic women leading community-based responses to the AIDS pandemic. 

Josephine Nabukenya, Vuyiseka Dubula and Zodwa Ndlovu will engage in an intergenerational conversation about women, HIV&AIDS and their roles as leaders. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss.

Facebook Live Follow-Up: We are delighted by your reaction to SLF Director of Policy, Lee Waldorf’s Facebook Live conversation a few weeks ago.n case you missed it, the video is posted on the Grandmothers Campaign Facebook page. We also have a summary of interesting and recent international studies and panel overviews that Lee referred to in her talk posted in the Members Only section of the Grandmothers Campaign website.

3. Solidarity Not Charity

Earlier in the summer, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis (Executive Director of the SLF), Idah Nambeya Mukuka (Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers Campaign) and Jean Way (founding member of the Richmond Gogos in the Greater Vancouver region) participated in a panel discussion to explore what it really means when we say that the Grandmothers Campaign is founded on solidarity, not charity.
 
Our solidarity model broke ground when the Campaign first launched in 2006, and through all of the outreach and fundraising you do in your communities, the Campaign continues to shift paradigms, turning the concept of traditional charity on its head.
 
Here are some excerpts that Ilana, Jean and Idah shared with the audience about what solidarity looks like in action, and why the Grandmothers Campaign has been so effective in honouring the expertise, dignity and ingenuity of African grandmothers and community-based organizations.

“I think is the deepest success of the Campaign is that it truly created what I think is a new and possibly unique model of development - solidarity and development, which gives meaning to solidarity, a word that I think is very overused in the charity and development sector. Real solidarity, which means mutuality of respect and the conviction the Canadian grandmothers have embraced deeply - that African grandmothers are in fact the experts on what it will take to overcome the AIDS pandemic. And in fact, what we do have is the capability to raise the awareness that raises the resources, and encourage respect for the grandmothers who are at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic, and who are the ones who know exactly what to do and how to do it, and just need the resources to make it happen.”
 –Ilana

“To me it is just such a sisterhood. I really do not see African women as anything other than my sisters. I just have such respect for their expertise. They are the ones who have lost the children. They are the ones who are grieving. They are the ones who are learning new skills to generate income. They have powerful voices, and they’re just getting more and more powerful. They just give me strength. I recall one grandmother who just wished she could be a grandmother and not a mother. And that’s so hard to have to parent them in a new generation, with HIV&AIDS, etc. They are the experts, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. And what we want to do as Canadian grandmothers is just raise some funds to help their needs get met – what they describe as their needs. We’re not telling them what they need at all.”
–Jean

Idah spoke candidly about why the Campaign strongly believes that a solidarity model cannot involve Western grandmothers “adopting” or “pen-palling” with African grandmothers:

“I’ve told people that there’s power in the “we,” and there’s no power in “they,” because these programs were started by themselves after going through what they’ve gone through. … Community-based organizations were already doing the work. They were saying, “Okay, what do we need? We have all these other children dying in their homes. Let’s do home-based care training for the grandmothers so that they know how to take care of their children that are dying of AIDS. Okay let us do the counselling with them so that they know how to take care of their grandchildren.” They don’t need somebody far away to say, “Okay, I want to send money direct to that grandmother or let me adopt the grandmother.” The grandmothers don’t need to be adopted because they know what is happening in their community, they know what needs to change.  
 
When I’ve gone back myself to the [African] grandmothers. You go and you find people who were crying but now I have more hope. Grandmothers say, “Idah, I’m so sorry, I would visit with you but now I have a part-time job. I do home-based care with a person that had a stroke and I helps me support my grandchildren. I’ll see you next time when you come.” That’s what we wanted. We are talking about women who they’ve acquired skills they didn’t have before. This has made them stand even more stronger with their grandchildren. 
 
Tomorrow, even if the Canadian grandmothers or Australian grandmothers or UK grandmothers or US grandmothers are not there, they should be able to continue with their lives. The grandmothers always, they say, “Oh! Idah, when are you going back to Canada? Next time, greet our sisters.” They’ll never say, “Let them send money.” They want to say, “Greet our sisters.” Because they also realize they can stand on their own, even if all these traumas have been in their lives.”
-Idah

4. Grandmothers on the Move Podcast

Grandmothers on the Move, a Podcast hosted by Ilana Landsberg-Lewis – featuring the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign: Grandmothers Rocking Solidarity Not Charity, Parts 1 & 2! 

Come enjoy these interviews with grandmothers in groups in Canada, Australia and the U.S. – and stay tuned for more about the Campaign in coming months! 

Episode 7: Grandmothers Rocking Solidarity Not Charity Part 1 introduces the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign to a broader international audience.
 
Episode 17: Grandmothers Rocking Solidarity Not Charity Part 2 is the next installment on the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign - this time with grandmothers who have started groups more recently in the United States, Australia and Canada.

Find these episodes and more at: 
https://ilanalandsberglewis.com/podcast-episodes/
 
Grandmothers on the Move is the podcast that kicks old stereotypes to the curb, and introduces creative, activist, irreverent and powerful grandmothers making vital contributions to their families and communities around the world.

5. Fundraising Corner: Upcoming Art Sales and Auctions

Art sales are a great way to grow your personal art collection, and embrace the multi-dimensional world of art. This month we celebrate the many creative art sales that grandmothers groups organize, both online and in-person. 
 
From October 27  to November 1, the Brookbanks for African Grannies are partnering with Toronto Artist, Mark Gleberzon and Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers for an online auction, Small Art Big Hearts. Any Campaign member who is interested in creating a piece of art (12" or less) is invited to send in their original work by October 12. For more details, please visit our Events Calendar for more information. 
 
Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Regina will be holding their annual Art from the Attic fundraiser on September 22 from 10am to 5pm at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre. This sale includes a one day sale as well as an online auction. 
 
The West Hill Grandmothers are having an Off the Wall Art Sale in memory of Catherine Richard on September 29. There will be posters, prints, watercolours, oil paintings and more sold at great prices from 10am to 4pm at Westmount Park United Church in Montreal. 
 
On September 30, Grands ‘n’ More will hold their Art from the Attic Sale at the Norwood Community Centre in Winnipeg from 10:30 to 4pm. 

You can find out more about art sales and other creative fundraising ideas in the Fundraiser Catalogue. If you would like to submit a fundraising event or idea for the Fundraising Corner, please download and email the completed 
Fundraiser Description Form to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

If your group is hosting an event, be sure to share the poster with your Grandmothers Campaign Officer. We’ll include your event listings on the Events Calendar on the Grandmothers Campaign. If you’re promoting events on Facebook, tag @grandmotherscampaign and use #grandmotherscampaign, so we can like your events.

6. Regional Grandmothers Gatherings Coming Up

The next few months are gearing up to be busy! The calendar is filling up with grandmothers groups’ events, meetings and fundraisers.
 
Mark these dates for Campaign-wide events and opportunities.
 
Fall Regional Grandmothers Gatherings are coming up soon. Join grandmothers and grandothers along with representatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation and powerful African experts and women leaders. 
 
September 14-15: BC Interior Gathering in Kamloops (Register by Sept. 8)
September 29: Northern Alberta Gathering in Edmonton (Register by Sept. 21)
September 29: Ontario South West Gathering in Ancaster  (Register by Sept. 22)
October 12-13: Atlantic Gathering in Dartmouth (Register by Oct. 6)
October 20: Manitoba Gathering in Winnipeg (Register by Oct. 10)

Check out the Regional Gatherings page on the Grandmothers Campaign website for more details.

7. New Member Calls

Are you a new Grandmothers Group Member? Or interested in joining a group? 

Join us for a New Member Information Session via conference call on Monday, September 17 at 12:30pm EST to hear more about the Grandmothers Campaign and the work of African grandmothers and the community-based organizations supporting them. Please RSVP to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org
 
Can’t make it this month? Don’t worry, we’ll hold these conference calls the third Monday of every month. 

8. African Food for Thought: An Offer and Invitation

Hello Grandmothers and Grandothers: it’s the African Food for Thought team – Sue, Linda, and Angie here. September seems to bring a special energy, a sense of new beginnings and excitement. We’ve caught some of that excitement, and we see from the list of upcoming Regional Fall Grandmothers Gatherings, that you have too!

We’d like to build on this special energy by extending an offer and an invitation designed to boost our joint efforts for SLF’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

The Offer: 

Linda or Sue will spend 15-20 minutes with your Grandmothers Group, virtually, to speak about the creation of African Food for Thought, ways to use it to enhance your fundraising activities, and answer any questions you may have. 

The Invitation: 

We’re launching The African Food for Thought Challenge and we’d love you to participate! The Challenge involves selling copies of the cookbook and using the book or some of its recipes for one of your fundraisers. Share your photos or videos of the event on Facebook. Watch our Facebook page for details about how to be engaged.

Contact Africanfoodforthought@gmail.com for more information or to set up a talk!

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Granny Bulletin: June 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. An exciting opportunity to hear directly from Idah Nambeya Mukuka and Justine Ojambo!
  2. Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign featured on Ilana's podcast, Grandmothers on the Move
  3. The Changing Face of Leadership: Youth in Action
  4. Geneva Forum for Health Awards - Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is One of the Four Winners
  5. Imagine Canada – SLF a Leader in the Charitable Sector
  6. Beds WithOut Breakfast

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,
 
As with all seasons, the rhythm of the Campaign and grandmothers groups ebbs and flows. Many groups are in the midst of Stride to Turn the Tide, others are gearing up for cycle tours, sales and a variety of events in the coming months. Recently, new groups have joined the Campaign in four different communities – Stephenville, Newfoundland; Moncton, New Brunswick; Selkirk, Manitoba; and the greater Vancouver area in British Columbia. There are seeds germinating in the US, UK and Australia, too.  

To new groups, Welcome! We are thrilled to have you with us! This Granny Bulletin is brimming with information to keep you ‘in the know’ about all sorts of wonderful initiatives and opportunities!  Please share it with all of your members. 

With appreciation for your solidarity and support, 
The Grandmothers Campaign team

1. An Exciting Opportunity to hear directly from Idah Nambeya Mukuka and Justine Ojambo!

We’ve been thinking about how to share the updates and work of our partners in new and different ways and how to amplify their voices directly. 

We hope you’ll join us as we try something new. 

Find us on Facebook this coming Wednesday, June 20 for a conversation with Idah Nambeya Mukuka, Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and Justine Ojambo, National Director of Phoebe Education Fund for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (PEFO). Idah and Justine will talk about what they’re seeing within communities and how the lives of grandmothers are changing. We’ll broadcast the conversation live to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Facebook page at 2pm EST. If you aren't able to tune live at that time, you can still watch the full, live recording at any time on the Grandmothers Campaign Facebook page

2. Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign featured on Ilana's podcast, Grandmothers on the Move

Don’t miss this podcast episode, Rocking Solidarity Not Charity, released on June 17th in which Ilana interviews three grandmothers from the Campaign to introduce the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign to a broader international audience.
 

Visit Grandmothers on the Move to listen to past and current episodes. New episodes are posted every Sunday.

Consider sharing it with grandmothers who might want to start a group!
 
Grandmothers on the Move is the podcast that kicks old stereotypes to the curb, and introduces creative, activist, irreverent and powerful grandmothers making vital contributions to their families and communities around the world.

3. The Changing Face of Leadership: Youth in Action

Ask Her: Young leaders speak about their experiences as youth ambassadors in their communities. Left to right: Josephine (MU-JHU, Uganda); Chileshe (Blue Roof Wellness Centre, South Africa); Elizabeth (St. Francis Healthcare Services, Uganda); Vivian (Reach Out Mbuya, Uganda)
Photo Credit: Alexis MacDonald/SLF

In May, the SLF hosted a roundtable bringing together youth leaders and project staff from four community-based organizations that are implementing innovative youth-for-youth programming in Uganda and South Africa. These young women who joined us in Toronto were participants in the youth programmes, and in some cases involved in their creation. Now they are leaders in these organizations, working with their peers to provide psychosocial support and peer-to-peer education and training within their communities. They are using film, drama, poetry and art to fight stigma and discrimination. They are coming together creating businesses and enterprises to generate income and create savings groups. These initiatives are youth-driven responses to challenges faced by young people living with and affected by HIV. 
 
We’re excited to share a little of what they had to say regarding their role as youth ambassadors in their communities. In the coming months you may read more about the work of the SLF’s community-based partners’ support of and work with children and youth in various SLF publications. Of course, this has a direct correlation with the grandmothers, since they are, overwhelmingly, the caregivers who are nurturing and raising these young people to be aware of HIV, how to stay on medication and eat nutritiously so that the medication works, and how to prevent infection. 
 
“At MU-JHU [in Uganda], we have a group that meets once a month. The youth in the group plan, design and implement all of our programmes; we train youth in the group to be leaders through internships. We’re engaged in community and school outreach to fight stigma. We raise funds to support youth who have had to drop out of school because they couldn’t pay the fees, return to school. Our group provides psychosocial support. It is fun. We say, accept your status, learn about your status, learn how you’re going to manage your status, take your medication and just live your life to the fullest.” — Josephine 

“Many young positive youth are leaders in their families. They are taking care of the younger children [in their households]. Through St. Francis [in Uganda], our youth club started recycling paper to make beads and collecting bottle caps to make earrings. We created a business as a way to address problems. With the earnings from that business, we created a savings group. These are funds that youth can access to help take care of the younger children.” — Elizabeth 

“We started hearing that children were missing their appointments at the clinic, so we asked them why. The children and youth didn’t want the adults to see them. They weren’t comfortable talking to older people. They wouldn’t come, and they wouldn’t talk. So, at Reach Out Mbuya [in Uganda], we started an adolescent clinic. Youth peer support workers meet the youth who come for their appointments, before they meet with the doctor. We talk to them about their status and give support. The peer-to-peer counselling has really helped. If you’re talking to someone your own age, it’s easier to disclose your problems. It’s like a chat. We’ve worked to get other youth involved, training them to be peer supporters as well.” — Vivian 

“At Blue Roof [in South Africa], we run a peer-to-peer [HIV] disclosure and support group for youth. We use art and poetry as a medium to share our stories and train youth to make documentaries, so they can share their own stories and experiences or do interviews with one another. Youth don’t always feel comfortable showing their faces or sharing their identities, so they film in ways that protect privacy while still sharing what they want to say.” — Chileshe 

To hear more from these leaders, check out the video of a town hall hosted by the SLF during their visit to Canada. You can watch the event on the SLF Facebook page

4. Geneva Forum for Health Awards - Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is One of the Four Winners

As we shared with you in the May Granny Bulletin, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was one of four recipients of the Geneva Forum for Health Awards. The award shines an international spotlight on the Campaign with African grandmothers at the heart of the response to HIV&AIDS. Ilana Landsberg-Lewis accepted the award on behalf of the SLF's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Here is an excerpt of what she said.
 
"The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a social movement in Canada, with new groups in Australia, the UK and now the United States. They have raised over 25 million dollars – which our Foundation sends directly to our community-based partners in the 15 sub-Saharan African countries with the highest prevalence rate of HIV&AIDS. In Africa, due to a decade of this sustained support, the transformation in the lives of the grandmothers and the children in their care has been remarkable. The HIV positive children they are raising have thrived, they have accessed and adhered to treatment and better nutrition, they have stayed in school, and young women and men are living positively, raising their own young families, and have become community ambassadors in the fight against AIDS. But this is not all. The grandmothers, in their own right, have emerged as leaders in their communities, and as advocates for improved healthcare for grandmothers, mobilizing around elder violence, child abuse, an end to sexual exploitation of young girls and women, and insisting that health data be collected on women over 60 – particularly for HIV&AIDS. They are sitting on land rights councils, child protection councils, local AIDS councils, running for office, and now they are mobilizing around a host of human rights issues connected to older women and HIV&AIDS. 
 
Together with our community partners, we have hosted national level Grandmothers Gatherings, where hundreds of grandmothers have convened in each country – Swaziland, Uganda, South Africa and Tanzania – to share best practices, and hammer out an Agenda for Change to be used in lobbying with their governments. In every Gathering the grandmothers identify pressing issues, chief amongst them improved access to healthcare. They have insisted that HIV&AIDS is not a health crisis in the narrow sense, but in the broadest possible sense. As such, the end point of the global HIV&AIDS response can’t simply be zero new infections. The goal must be the restored health and well-being of the people who live in countries hit hardest by HIV&AIDS, and the promise of decent, healthy, and productive lives and futures they can work together to build.   
 
Our Foundation is tremendously grateful to be receiving this important award, because of the powerful recognition it confers on the work of the grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa and the global campaign that has supported them with respect and solidarity. It is our hope that this recognition will help to accelerate a radical shift in the appreciation and attention paid to the critical role that African grandmothers play in the response to the AIDS crisis, and that grandmothers globally contribute to the health and well-being of their families and communities. 
 
It is time, in fact it’s past time, for those of us committed to health and well-being-for-all to ensure that the herculean efforts and contributions of African grandmothers and their community-based organizations take their rightful place at the centre of all deliberations about HIV&AIDS policies, programmes and funding.”

5. Imagine Canada - SLF a leader in the Charitable Sector

On June 1st, Imagine Canada released a philanthropy supplement in the Globe and Mail, listing the Stephen Lewis Foundation among the 237 Canadian charities and nonprofits that have achieved Imagine Canada accreditation. The Imagine Canada Standards Trustmark is a symbol of excellence and leadership in the charitable sector. Accreditation is earned by charities and non-profits that have taken action through the Standards Program to bolster trust with the public by identifying and reducing organizational risk, improving board governance practises, being transparent and accountable with finances and fundraising, and fostering a strong workforce.

Earning accreditation is an important and rigorous process – an accomplishment that the SLF originally celebrated in 2015. Find out more about this accreditation and why it matters: www.imaginecanada.ca/guide-to-giving

6. Beds WithOut Breakfast

Do you have upcoming travel plans, or an itch to explore a new place? The Beds WithOut Breakfast programme is an initiative whereby hosts provide accommodation for 1-3 nights in return for a donation to the SLF. Despite the name, many hosts include a light breakfast and all include a warm welcome.

The BWOB listings are updated on the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign website. While BWOB is a programme run for registered members of the grandmothers groups, some hosts also accept guests recommended by grandmothers group members. This unique way of visiting a new community, presents the opportunity to meet other members, while supporting the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

While most listings are based in Canada, there are also UK listings. For more information about the programme or to find out how to become a host, please contact Linda Taberner.

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Granny Bulletin: May 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Geneva Forum for Health Award
  2. Powered by Love Book Club Resource
  3. Ilana's Podcast: Grandmothers on the Move! New Episodes and New Information
  4. Watch for the SLF's new Spotlight on Grassroots Newsletter
  5. Hear about the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering
  6. African Food for Thought and Your Book Club

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,
 
There are moments in the life of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, when we allow ourselves brief reflective pauses from the urgency of our collective work. We take stock of all of the marvelous work you do in your communities. These are moments when we celebrate your collective passion and leadership. These are moments in which we marvel at the tremendous energy, love and commitment you bring to the Grandmothers Campaign and these are moments in which we think, “this conversation, this event, this milestone has a tremendous impact. It makes the movement richer”. All of you are part of this, in the myriad ways that you contribute and give of your time and skills.  
 
We are in such a moment now, where the confluence between the amazing efforts in communities and the recognition of this work, its growth and energy and depth, is shining a spotlight on this movement of solidarity of which we are all a part. Last week at the Atlantic Book Awards ceremony, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa won best book published in Atlantic Canada!
 
We have more exciting news to share with you, today! It’s an important, international recognition of all that you do – in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – to raise awareness and funds for, and in solidarity with, African grandmothers. Read on!  We hope you’ll be excited by this news as well!
 
In solidarity,
The Grandmothers Campaign team


P.S. Thanks to the grandmothers who attended the Atlantic Books Awards in Halifax. It was great to have your enthusiasm and energy be part of this event.
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1. Geneva Forum for Health Awards - Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is one of the four Winners!

The Geneva Forum for Health Awards are presented  out during the World Health Assembly, recognizing and honouring global health leaders “who have made fundamental improvements in delivering high-quality, sustainable, patient-centred healthcare. Particular emphasis is placed on proven, disruptive innovations that have the potential to become global best practice.”  This year, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a recipient of this award – an award that is often given to health ministries (another recipient this year is the Chilean Ministry of Health for innovative food labels), world leaders (including  Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization), agency leaders, and large Foundations (last year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation won for malaria programming)!
 
Ilana will be travelling to Geneva, Switzerland next week to accept the award on behalf of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and we’ll have more to share with you then.
 
Here’s what the Geneva Forum for Health says about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign:

“Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a unique fundraising initiative conducted in solidarity with African grandmothers raising 15M children orphaned by AIDS. It has attracted more than 10,000 volunteers forming 300 local chapters who raise money through everyday fundraising activities such as potlucks, art auctions and quilting bees; the movement has since spread international. The movement is grounded in building solidarity, respecting African grandmothers’ expertise and amplifying their voices to promote authentic and substantive response to the AIDS epidemic. 
 
African grandmothers supported by the initiative are vocally demanding access to education, healthcare, land, legal representation and freedom from violence. 
 
Collective vision defined by African grandmothers calls for a future in which grandchildren and communities are thriving, and have left behind the ravages of AIDS.”

2. Powered by Love Book Club Resource

There's a new Powered by Love resource for book clubs that we think will be of interest and use to grandmothers groups as well. The Book Club guide includes an overview of the writing of the book and a list of questions to help lead conversations and prompt reflections. Don’t have a book club? Create one! Or use questions from the guide to start conversations about Powered by Love at the beginning of your meetings!

The guide can be downloaded from the Powered by Love book website. There is also  a link to it from the Resource list on the Grandmothers Campaign website.

3. Ilana's Podcast: Grandmothers on the Move! New Episodes and New Information

The Grandmothers on the Move podcast was launched on May 6thand there are now two episodes available online. Grandmothers on the Move is the podcast that kicks old stereotypes to the curb, and introduces creative, activist, irreverent and powerful grandmothers making vital contributions to their families and communities around the world!

Episode 1: There Is Optimism In Survival -  Ilana’s interview with her indomitable mother, Michele Landsberg! 
 
Episode 2: Turning Pain into Power-for-Change One Chessboard at a Time – Ilana interviews Raydell Lacey (Ms Ray), grandmother and great-grandmother from Chicago, founder of the remarkable initiatives, Not Before my Parents and Chess Moves against Violence. 
 
It’s easy to listen! Just go to:   https://ilanalandsberglewis.com/podcast-episodes/
 
New Episodes Every Sunday – Stay tuned to this weekly podcast! Ilana will be introducing her audience to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in the 4th episode!  
 
The podcast can be shared on social media from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign Facebook page.  You can always go to the Grandmothers on the Move Facebook page for up-to-date information. And if you like the podcast, and listen to it on iTunes, leave a review – it helps to spread the word (and check out Paola’s beautiful review on the Grandmothers on the Move Facebook page)! 
 
If any of you would like to be interviewed or know of someone you really think should be interviewed – from the Campaign or anywhere in the world – send a message to Ilana through the Grandmothers on the Move website.

4. Watch for the SLF's New Spotlight on Grassroots Newsletter

This Spotlight on Grassroots is a special one – it outlines how we work, why we do what we do, what defines our approach, and what is emerging with such success as a result! It's SLF 101 for anyone you talk to, and great to share for discussion with new members! Spotlight on Grassroots will be available online soon. Download it from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s website

5. Hear about the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering

As many groups start to look ahead to Fall gatherings, we thought we’d remind you of the 11 grandmothers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, who represented the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign at the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering in Arusha in February. As delegates, they attended workshops and celebrations and spent time learning about the challenges and achievements of Tanzanian grandmothers and the dedicated community-based organizations that support them. Prior to the Gathering, they visited two of the SLF’s partner organizations in Uganda.

These grandmothers have returned home and have been reflecting and preparing presentations to share the insights they gained. Each delegate has committed to one year of presentations, including sharing stories, photos and amplifying the voices of the African grandmothers. We’re happy to connect you or your group to the delegates! Just email us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.
 
Here is a list of the delegates:

  • Elizabeth Sebesta, Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, Victoria, BC
  • Mary Baker, CanGo Grannies, Kamloops, BC
  • Thelma Hanson, Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
  • Pat McKee, Oomama, Oakville, ON
  • Gail Rappolt, Blooms for Africa, Hamilton, ON
  • Anne Alper, Capital Grannies, Ottawa, ON
  • Eke Van der Zee, G-Moms of Port Perry, Port Perry, ON
  • Linda Price, Cordia Grandmothers, Traverse City, MI, USA
  • Hilary Stephenson, Guildford & Godalming Grandmothers’ Group (4G’s), Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Marilynn Freitag, Gogo Mamas Perth, Perth, WA, Australia
  • Marg Collett, Grand-AIDS, Barrington, NSW, Australia

6. African Food for Thought and Your Book Club

African Food for ThoughtA Tribute to Grandmothers is a beautiful book of photos, African proverbs, stories and recipes that will also honour the amazing grandmothers of sub-Saharan Africa who are raising their HIV&AIDS- orphaned grandchildren. Why not choose African Food for Thought to feed the members of your Book Club? Proceeds from the sale of the book support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. To learn more about the book or to find out where to purchase, visit:

http://www.africanfoodforthought.com/

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Granny Bulletin: May 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Geneva Forum for Health Award
  2. Powered by Love Book Club Resource
  3. Ilana's Podcast: Grandmothers on the Move! New Episodes and New Information
  4. Watch for the SLF's new Spotlight on Grassroots Newsletter
  5. Hear about the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering
  6. African Food for Thought and Your Book Club

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,
 
There are moments in the life of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, when we allow ourselves brief reflective pauses from the urgency of our collective work. We take stock of all of the marvelous work you do in your communities. These are moments when we celebrate your collective passion and leadership. These are moments in which we marvel at the tremendous energy, love and commitment you bring to the Grandmothers Campaign and these are moments in which we think, “this conversation, this event, this milestone has a tremendous impact. It makes the movement richer”. All of you are part of this, in the myriad ways that you contribute and give of your time and skills.  
 
We are in such a moment now, where the confluence between the amazing efforts in communities and the recognition of this work, its growth and energy and depth, is shining a spotlight on this movement of solidarity of which we are all a part. Last week at the Atlantic Book Awards ceremony, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa won best book published in Atlantic Canada!
 
We have more exciting news to share with you, today! It’s an important, international recognition of all that you do – in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – to raise awareness and funds for, and in solidarity with, African grandmothers. Read on!  We hope you’ll be excited by this news as well!
 
In solidarity,
The Grandmothers Campaign team


P.S. Thanks to the grandmothers who attended the Atlantic Books Awards in Halifax. It was great to have your enthusiasm and energy be part of this event.
(Photo credit: Alexis MacDonald/SLF)

1. Geneva Forum for Health Awards - Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is one of the four Winners!

The Geneva Forum for Health Awards are presented  out during the World Health Assembly, recognizing and honouring global health leaders “who have made fundamental improvements in delivering high-quality, sustainable, patient-centred healthcare. Particular emphasis is placed on proven, disruptive innovations that have the potential to become global best practice.”  This year, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a recipient of this award – an award that is often given to health ministries (another recipient this year is the Chilean Ministry of Health for innovative food labels), world leaders (including  Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization), agency leaders, and large Foundations (last year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation won for malaria programming)!
 
Ilana will be travelling to Geneva, Switzerland next week to accept the award on behalf of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and we’ll have more to share with you then.
 
Here’s what the Geneva Forum for Health says about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign:

“Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a unique fundraising initiative conducted in solidarity with African grandmothers raising 15M children orphaned by AIDS. It has attracted more than 10,000 volunteers forming 300 local chapters who raise money through everyday fundraising activities such as potlucks, art auctions and quilting bees; the movement has since spread international. The movement is grounded in building solidarity, respecting African grandmothers’ expertise and amplifying their voices to promote authentic and substantive response to the AIDS epidemic. 
 
African grandmothers supported by the initiative are vocally demanding access to education, healthcare, land, legal representation and freedom from violence. 
 
Collective vision defined by African grandmothers calls for a future in which grandchildren and communities are thriving, and have left behind the ravages of AIDS.”

2. Powered by Love Book Club Resource

There's a new Powered by Love resource for book clubs that we think will be of interest and use to grandmothers groups as well. The Book Club guide includes an overview of the writing of the book and a list of questions to help lead conversations and prompt reflections. Don’t have a book club? Create one! Or use questions from the guide to start conversations about Powered by Love at the beginning of your meetings!

The guide can be downloaded from the Powered by Love book website. There is also  a link to it from the Resource list on the Grandmothers Campaign website.

3. Ilana's Podcast: Grandmothers on the Move! New Episodes and New Information

The Grandmothers on the Move podcast was launched on May 6thand there are now two episodes available online. Grandmothers on the Move is the podcast that kicks old stereotypes to the curb, and introduces creative, activist, irreverent and powerful grandmothers making vital contributions to their families and communities around the world!

Episode 1: There Is Optimism In Survival -  Ilana’s interview with her indomitable mother, Michele Landsberg! 
 
Episode 2: Turning Pain into Power-for-Change One Chessboard at a Time – Ilana interviews Raydell Lacey (Ms Ray), grandmother and great-grandmother from Chicago, founder of the remarkable initiatives, Not Before my Parents and Chess Moves against Violence. 
 
It’s easy to listen! Just go to:   https://ilanalandsberglewis.com/podcast-episodes/
 
New Episodes Every Sunday – Stay tuned to this weekly podcast! Ilana will be introducing her audience to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in the 4th episode!  
 
The podcast can be shared on social media from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign Facebook page.  You can always go to the Grandmothers on the Move Facebook page for up-to-date information. And if you like the podcast, and listen to it on iTunes, leave a review – it helps to spread the word (and check out Paola’s beautiful review on the Grandmothers on the Move Facebook page)! 
 
If any of you would like to be interviewed or know of someone you really think should be interviewed – from the Campaign or anywhere in the world – send a message to Ilana through the Grandmothers on the Move website.

4. Watch for the SLF's New Spotlight on Grassroots Newsletter

This Spotlight on Grassroots is a special one – it outlines how we work, why we do what we do, what defines our approach, and what is emerging with such success as a result! It's SLF 101 for anyone you talk to, and great to share for discussion with new members! Spotlight on Grassroots will be available online soon. Download it from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s website

5. Hear about the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering

As many groups start to look ahead to Fall gatherings, we thought we’d remind you of the 11 grandmothers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, who represented the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign at the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering in Arusha in February. As delegates, they attended workshops and celebrations and spent time learning about the challenges and achievements of Tanzanian grandmothers and the dedicated community-based organizations that support them. Prior to the Gathering, they visited two of the SLF’s partner organizations in Uganda.

These grandmothers have returned home and have been reflecting and preparing presentations to share the insights they gained. Each delegate has committed to one year of presentations, including sharing stories, photos and amplifying the voices of the African grandmothers. We’re happy to connect you or your group to the delegates! Just email us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.
 
Here is a list of the delegates:

  • Elizabeth Sebesta, Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, Victoria, BC
  • Mary Baker, CanGo Grannies, Kamloops, BC
  • Thelma Hanson, Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
  • Pat McKee, Oomama, Oakville, ON
  • Gail Rappolt, Blooms for Africa, Hamilton, ON
  • Anne Alper, Capital Grannies, Ottawa, ON
  • Eke Van der Zee, G-Moms of Port Perry, Port Perry, ON
  • Linda Price, Cordia Grandmothers, Traverse City, MI, USA
  • Hilary Stephenson, Guildford & Godalming Grandmothers’ Group (4G’s), Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Marilynn Freitag, Gogo Mamas Perth, Perth, WA, Australia
  • Marg Collett, Grand-AIDS, Barrington, NSW, Australia

6. African Food for Thought and Your Book Club

African Food for ThoughtA Tribute to Grandmothers is a beautiful book of photos, African proverbs, stories and recipes that will also honour the amazing grandmothers of sub-Saharan Africa who are raising their HIV&AIDS- orphaned grandchildren. Why not choose African Food for Thought to feed the members of your Book Club? Proceeds from the sale of the book support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. To learn more about the book or to find out where to purchase, visit:

http://www.africanfoodforthought.com/

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Granny Bulletin: May 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Geneva Forum for Health Award
  2. Powered by Love Book Club Resource
  3. Ilana's Podcast: Grandmothers on the Move! New Episodes and New Information
  4. Watch for the SLF's new Spotlight on Grassroots Newsletter
  5. Hear about the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering
  6. African Food for Thought and Your Book Club

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,
 
There are moments in the life of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, when we allow ourselves brief reflective pauses from the urgency of our collective work. We take stock of all of the marvelous work you do in your communities. These are moments when we celebrate your collective passion and leadership. These are moments in which we marvel at the tremendous energy, love and commitment you bring to the Grandmothers Campaign and these are moments in which we think, “this conversation, this event, this milestone has a tremendous impact. It makes the movement richer”. All of you are part of this, in the myriad ways that you contribute and give of your time and skills.  
 
We are in such a moment now, where the confluence between the amazing efforts in communities and the recognition of this work, its growth and energy and depth, is shining a spotlight on this movement of solidarity of which we are all a part. Last week at the Atlantic Book Awards ceremony, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa won best book published in Atlantic Canada!
 
We have more exciting news to share with you, today! It’s an important, international recognition of all that you do – in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – to raise awareness and funds for, and in solidarity with, African grandmothers. Read on!  We hope you’ll be excited by this news as well!
 
In solidarity,
The Grandmothers Campaign team


P.S. Thanks to the grandmothers who attended the Atlantic Books Awards in Halifax. It was great to have your enthusiasm and energy be part of this event.
(Photo credit: Alexis MacDonald/SLF)

1. Geneva Forum for Health Awards - Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is one of the four Winners!

The Geneva Forum for Health Awards are presented  out during the World Health Assembly, recognizing and honouring global health leaders “who have made fundamental improvements in delivering high-quality, sustainable, patient-centred healthcare. Particular emphasis is placed on proven, disruptive innovations that have the potential to become global best practice.”  This year, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a recipient of this award – an award that is often given to health ministries (another recipient this year is the Chilean Ministry of Health for innovative food labels), world leaders (including  Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization), agency leaders, and large Foundations (last year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation won for malaria programming)!
 
Ilana will be travelling to Geneva, Switzerland next week to accept the award on behalf of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and we’ll have more to share with you then.
 
Here’s what the Geneva Forum for Health says about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign:

“Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a unique fundraising initiative conducted in solidarity with African grandmothers raising 15M children orphaned by AIDS. It has attracted more than 10,000 volunteers forming 300 local chapters who raise money through everyday fundraising activities such as potlucks, art auctions and quilting bees; the movement has since spread international. The movement is grounded in building solidarity, respecting African grandmothers’ expertise and amplifying their voices to promote authentic and substantive response to the AIDS epidemic. 
 
African grandmothers supported by the initiative are vocally demanding access to education, healthcare, land, legal representation and freedom from violence. 
 
Collective vision defined by African grandmothers calls for a future in which grandchildren and communities are thriving, and have left behind the ravages of AIDS.”

2. Powered by Love Book Club Resource

There's a new Powered by Love resource for book clubs that we think will be of interest and use to grandmothers groups as well. The Book Club guide includes an overview of the writing of the book and a list of questions to help lead conversations and prompt reflections. Don’t have a book club? Create one! Or use questions from the guide to start conversations about Powered by Love at the beginning of your meetings!

The guide can be downloaded from the Powered by Love book website. There is also  a link to it from the Resource list on the Grandmothers Campaign website.

3. Ilana's Podcast: Grandmothers on the Move! New Episodes and New Information

The Grandmothers on the Move podcast was launched on May 6thand there are now two episodes available online. Grandmothers on the Move is the podcast that kicks old stereotypes to the curb, and introduces creative, activist, irreverent and powerful grandmothers making vital contributions to their families and communities around the world!

Episode 1: There Is Optimism In Survival -  Ilana’s interview with her indomitable mother, Michele Landsberg! 
 
Episode 2: Turning Pain into Power-for-Change One Chessboard at a Time – Ilana interviews Raydell Lacey (Ms Ray), grandmother and great-grandmother from Chicago, founder of the remarkable initiatives, Not Before my Parents and Chess Moves against Violence. 
 
It’s easy to listen! Just go to:   https://ilanalandsberglewis.com/podcast-episodes/
 
New Episodes Every Sunday – Stay tuned to this weekly podcast! Ilana will be introducing her audience to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in the 4th episode!  
 
The podcast can be shared on social media from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign Facebook page.  You can always go to the Grandmothers on the Move Facebook page for up-to-date information. And if you like the podcast, and listen to it on iTunes, leave a review – it helps to spread the word (and check out Paola’s beautiful review on the Grandmothers on the Move Facebook page)! 
 
If any of you would like to be interviewed or know of someone you really think should be interviewed – from the Campaign or anywhere in the world – send a message to Ilana through the Grandmothers on the Move website.

4. Watch for the SLF's New Spotlight on Grassroots Newsletter

This Spotlight on Grassroots is a special one – it outlines how we work, why we do what we do, what defines our approach, and what is emerging with such success as a result! It's SLF 101 for anyone you talk to, and great to share for discussion with new members! Spotlight on Grassroots will be available online soon. Download it from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s website

5. Hear about the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering

As many groups start to look ahead to Fall gatherings, we thought we’d remind you of the 11 grandmothers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, who represented the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign at the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering in Arusha in February. As delegates, they attended workshops and celebrations and spent time learning about the challenges and achievements of Tanzanian grandmothers and the dedicated community-based organizations that support them. Prior to the Gathering, they visited two of the SLF’s partner organizations in Uganda.

These grandmothers have returned home and have been reflecting and preparing presentations to share the insights they gained. Each delegate has committed to one year of presentations, including sharing stories, photos and amplifying the voices of the African grandmothers. We’re happy to connect you or your group to the delegates! Just email us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.
 
Here is a list of the delegates:

  • Elizabeth Sebesta, Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, Victoria, BC
  • Mary Baker, CanGo Grannies, Kamloops, BC
  • Thelma Hanson, Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
  • Pat McKee, Oomama, Oakville, ON
  • Gail Rappolt, Blooms for Africa, Hamilton, ON
  • Anne Alper, Capital Grannies, Ottawa, ON
  • Eke Van der Zee, G-Moms of Port Perry, Port Perry, ON
  • Linda Price, Cordia Grandmothers, Traverse City, MI, USA
  • Hilary Stephenson, Guildford & Godalming Grandmothers’ Group (4G’s), Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Marilynn Freitag, Gogo Mamas Perth, Perth, WA, Australia
  • Marg Collett, Grand-AIDS, Barrington, NSW, Australia

6. African Food for Thought and Your Book Club

African Food for ThoughtA Tribute to Grandmothers is a beautiful book of photos, African proverbs, stories and recipes that will also honour the amazing grandmothers of sub-Saharan Africa who are raising their HIV&AIDS- orphaned grandchildren. Why not choose African Food for Thought to feed the members of your Book Club? Proceeds from the sale of the book support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. To learn more about the book or to find out where to purchase, visit:

http://www.africanfoodforthought.com/

grandmotherscampaign.org

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Granny Bulletin: February 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. The Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering
  2. Thank You: Aeroplan Mile Matching
  3. "African Food for Thought" Cookbook: Available Now
  4. Beds Without Breakfast: Your Home Away from Home
  5. Dust Off those Walking Shoes
  6. Online Fundraising Pages are Ready

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

We hope that you have had the opportunity to read Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa. If you have, you’ve almost surely noticed Siphalele Khumalo’s story on page 168. At 68 years old, Gogo Siphalele is the oldest carpentry graduate in Swaziland, overcoming initial skepticism to earn the support and trust of her family and community. In October she came to Canada to share her remarkable story with Canadian grandmothers. At the book launch in Montreal, Sipahele spoke about why she decided to become a carpenter. What follows are her words, as translated by Swaziland Positive Living Project Coordinator Cebile Dlamini:

“I just want to share specifically why I chose to enroll in Carpentry. There were three reasons why: one was because HIV was destroying our own children. We had no money to buy coffins. Every weekend we were burying our own children. So there was that great need (for carpenters and for coffins). Secondly, is because my son was a carpenter, so I chose to become a carpenter because I did not want the skill to leave the family. Third, because I was now the one responsible for bringing food to the table. Shortly after burying my son, the following week my daughter-in-law passed on and I was left with the twins. And my responsibility was to take care of them. Mind you, they were HIV positive and I didn’t know what to do. And I was old.

"I did not want to disclose what was happening in my home at the time … I did not want to share how my son had died … I didn’t know that my neighbors were also affected.…”

After the death of her son and daughter-in-law, Siphalele was left to grapple with her grief and her new responsibilities as the primary caregiver of her grandchildren. Fearing the stigma of revealing that her son had been HIV positive, Siphalele kept the cause of the recent deaths in her family quiet. That is, until she got involved with a community-based organization in Swaziland:

“Only when I heard about Swaziland Positive Living was I able to share. The organization was busy conducting community mobilization in my community and it was targeting young women, older women and teenagers. I approached the executive director of Swaziland Positive Living and I told her what was happening and my desire to become a carpenter. Together we were able to mobilize 10 women to enroll for a carpentry course. In the end, we all graduated and we provide for our grandchildren. There is nothing we can’t do.”

Siphalele’s story is her own, but she stands with thousands of African grandmothers who are caring for their grandchildren and transforming their communities, proclaiming-- there is nothing we can’t do!

In solidarity,
Jonea, Megan, Olivia, Graham, and Healy

1. The Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering

Next week 200 Tanzanian grandmothers will gather in Arusha to make Herstory at the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering. Between Feb. 26 and March 1, they will build solidarity and share their stories, strategies, expertise, and vision for a future for themselves and for the children in their care. In 20 workshops and plenaries, they will discuss the challenges and successes they have had in dealing with the impact of the AIDS pandemic on their families and communities: dealing with stigma, parenting orphaned children, raising HIV-positive grandchildren, ensuring food security, developing income-generating activities, advocating for inheritance rights, and demanding access to health care.

In preparation for this momentous event, we invite you to join us in recalling the four international and national Grandmothers Gatherings that preceded the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering and their agenda for change that lay the foundation for this Gathering. Click on each of the photos below (or on the links in the photo captions) to read the Statement from each Gathering.

Top Left: The First Grandmothers Gathering, Toronto, Canada 2006 (photo: Eric O'Donnell)
Top Right: African Grandmothers Gathering, Manzini, Swaziland 2010 (photo: Kristina Laukkanen)
Bottom Left: Uganda Grandmothers Gathering, Entebbe 2015 (photo: Edward Echwalu)

Bottom Right: South Africa Grandmothers Gathering, Durban 2016 (photo: Alexis MacDonald/SLF)

As we turn our attention to Arusha, we urge you to follow the Grandmothers Campaign and the Stephen Lewis Foundation on Facebook where you will have access to photos, updates, and videos from the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering.

2. Thank You: Aeroplan Mile Matching

In our last Granny Bulletin we told you about the SLF’s Aeroplan Mile Matching week and asked you to help us get the word out to your Miles-collecting friends, colleagues and family members… and you did, with great abundance! 

We are pleased to share that, thanks to your support and your efforts, we have met and exceeded our 500,000 Miles-matched target goal!  Thank you!

These donated Miles enable us to amplify the voices of African grandmothers and community leaders by facilitating meetings in Canada and in the 15 countries in which we partner. Aeroplan Miles also help us bring together thought leaders and community workers to share their strategies and experiences with psychosocial counseling, orphan care and home-based health care.  And of course, your donated Miles also enable us to keep our administrative costs low.  Thank you so much for making this possible! We couldn’t do it without you!

While the official Stephen Lewis Foundation Aeroplan Mile Matching Week is over, Aeroplan Miles can be donated every day throughout the year! To learn more about this program or to donate Aeroplan Miles please visit the SLF website.

3. "African Food for Thought" Cookbook: Available Now

In the Fall, we told you that a new cookbook made by a small, committed group of Grandmothers Campaign members would be available soon. We are pleased to inform you that the African Food for Thought cookbook is now available for purchase!

About this Cookbook:
The dream of creating a very special book as a tribute to grandmothers was born after the 2006 Grandmothers to Grandmothers Gathering organized by the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

A volunteer committee of grandmothers and grandothers spanning the breadth of Canada was formed. This group met face-to-face as a complete group only once, but the ideas they shared and the work they created together formed a foundation for the final cookbook.

You can now look inside the pages of this labour of love, learn even more about the 10 year long, cross-national collaboration that created it, and buy your own copy and copies for special others in your life, at www.africanfoodforthought.com. The book sells for $39.50 CAD at www.chapters.ca and $27.99 USD at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. Royalties go to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

Click the image below for a video preview of the cookbook!

4. Beds Without Breakfast: Your Home Away from Home

Is “travelling more” one of your new year’s resolutions? Maybe you are planning a trip to London, UK to see Big Ben. Or perhaps you plan to watch the pirouette of the Northern Lights in Yukon, as you sip a hot chocolate and stay warm under a blanket. Whatever your travel plans might be, remember, as a member of a registered grandmothers group you have access to the Beds Without Breakfast programme.

Beds Without Breakfast, or BWOB, is a great way to meet fellow group members while saving money and raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

For a complete list of all BWOB listings and to learn more about the programme, please visit the Beds Without Breakfast section of our website.  And spread the word to your family and friends, as some hosts accept guests recommended by grandmothers group members.

5. Dust Off those Walking Shoes!

Every June, grandmothers and grandothers from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign walk in solidarity with the grandmothers of Africa. What started with one grandmothers group in Canmore, Alberta has blossomed into a national event, with thousands of participants and supporters across Canada.  

While the main Stride weekend is the second weekend of June, virtual Stride walks in Oakville, Mississauga and Victoria are already underway! If your group is interested in participating in Stride (whether in a traditional walk or a virtual walk), you can get started today! To learn more about Stride to Turn the Tide, visit our website. And to set up an online fundraising page for your walk, visit www.stridetoturnthetide.ca or email us at stride@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

6. Online Fundraising Pages are Ready! 

Many grandmothers group members know that we have online fundraising pages that can be used to raise funds for Stride walks. But did you know that our online fundraising platform can also be used to host a variety of other fundraising events? A few examples of events you can use online fundraising pages for include Good Words for Africa (Scrabble) events, cycle tours, Dare to Dine events, marathons, and a general donation page for your group!  

Fundraising pages are a great way to spread the word about your events and gather financial support for African grandmothers as they re-build and transform their communities.

Creating an Online Fundraising Page is easy! To learn more visit our website where you will find a step-by-step guide. And if you're ready to set up a fundraising page for your non-Stride fundraising event visit: www.grandmothercampaignpledges.ca.
Let us know if you have any questions!      



Granny Bulletin: January 2018

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Save the Date – Aeroplan Mile Matching
  2. Tanzania National Grandmothers Gathering Delegation
  3. Seeking Grandmothers Regional Liaisons
  4. Fundraiser Catalogue Available Now

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

Happy 2018!  Let us start by wishing you all health, happiness and love for the New Year. All of us at the Stephen Lewis Foundation are looking forward to another busy and exciting year that includes the National Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering in February.

In honour of that Gathering, we wanted to share an update from one of our partners in Tanzania.  Last November, the Stephen Lewis Foundation staff had the pleasure of meeting with Ndinini Kimesera Sika, one of the three Maasai women who founded the Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO). MWEDO empowers Maasai women through access to education, women’s economic empowerment, and maternal health and HIV & AIDS education. Ndinini talked to us about MWEDO’s community health program which reaches 10,000 households every year. Before the health clinic opened in 2010, it was very difficult for people from pastoralist communities to access any sort of health care. It would take three days of travelling to get to the only hospital in the district. Once at the hospital, people from the Maasai community often faced discrimination because of cultural and language differences. MWEDO has built a community health centre which provides a variety of health services ranging from HIV & AIDS treatment and prevention to prenatal care. MWEDO has worked closely with Maasai traditional birth attendants and incorporated traditional methods in their care of the Maasai community.

Ndinini spoke excitedly about the ultrasound machine in their health centre, which, in addition to allowing the health centre staff to better assess patients and make necessary referrals, has surprisingly become an important tool in helping to engage young Maasai men with prenatal healthcare. When mothers-to-be visit the clinic for a prenatal checkup, their husbands are able to engage more with the pregnancy by having a glimpse at their baby through this new technology. 

The insights that Ndinini shared about MWEDO’s work are important reminders for us of why community-based organizations, engaged in holistic programming in their communities, are the backbone of the response to HIV & AIDS in Africa. They are both delivering services to address specific urgent challenges, such as inadequate healthcare and lack of access to education, and also contributing to a larger integrated vision of what it takes to restore the whole person.

In solidarity,
Olivia, Jonea, Megan, Graham, and Healy

1. Save the Date: Aeroplan Mile Matching

Each year, the Stephen Lewis Foundation partners with Aeroplan to select one week where donated Miles will be matched on a one-for-one basis up to 500,000 Aeroplan Miles. It’s a great way to double the impact of your donation! 

This year, February 5-11 is Aeroplan Mile Matching Week

As you may know, we use donated Miles in every realm of our work: to amplify the voices of African grandmothers and other leaders by bringing them to Canada; to facilitate meetings in Africa; to facilitate visits to our partner organizations by field representatives conducting monitoring and evaluation work; and of course, to keep our administrative costs low.

We know that many Campaign members have friends, colleagues, and family who collect Aeroplan Miles, so we wanted to give you advance notice about the upcoming Matching Week. We will send a Special Granny Bulletin early in the week of February 5 with the details of how to donate that you can pass along to anyone who collects Aeroplan Miles.


PHOTO: Beatrice and her grandmother Philister with Joanne, Programme Director of Pendeza Africa (Kenya), reached communities across Canada to share their expertise, using donated Aeroplan Miles. (Alexis MacDonald/SLF)

2. Grandmothers Campaign Delegation to Tanzania

Next month, 11 grandmothers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, will represent the Grandmothers Campaign at the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering in Arusha. As delegates they’ll attend workshops and celebrations and spend time learning about the challenges and achievements of Tanzanian grandmothers and the dedicated community-based organizations that support them. Before the Gathering, they’ll make a stop in Kampala, Uganda to visit two of the SLF’s partner organizations and hear directly from the grandmothers there.

When they return, they’ll have so much to share, including stories, photos and new insights into the lives and experiences of Tanzanian and Ugandan grandmothers! Each delegate has committed to one year of sharing what she learned with grandmothers groups, faith communities, schools, media and community organizations. We’re happy to connect you or your group with a returning delegate! Just email us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

Here are the delegates:

  • Elizabeth Sebesta, Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, Victoria, BC
  • Mary Baker, CanGo Grannies, Kamloops, BC
  • Thelma Hanson, Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
  • Pat McKee, Oomama, Oakville, ON
  • Gail Rappolt, Blooms for Africa, Hamilton, ON
  • Anne Alper, Capital Grannies, Ottawa, ON
  • Eke Van der Zee, G-Moms of Port Perry, Port Perry, ON
  • Linda Price, Cordia Grandmothers, Traverse City, MI, USA
  • Hilary Stephenson, Guildford & Godalming Grandmothers' Group (4G's), Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Marilynn Freitag, Gogo Mamas Perth, Perth, WA, Australia
  • Marg Collett, Grand-AIDS, Barrington, NSW, Australia

In the February Granny Bulletin, we will share more information about the plans for the Tanzania National Grandmothers Gathering!

3. Seeking Grandmothers Regional Liaisons (GRLs)

Grandmother Regional Liaisons (GRLs) are members of the Grandmothers Campaign who come from all across Canada. They work with the Stephen Lewis Foundation to facilitate connections among grandmothers groups in their regions and to strengthen the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. GRLs have a special relationship to the SLF and work alongside Grandmothers Campaign staff to support and encourage new and existing grandmothers groups. They also participate in Campaign-wide initiatives at the local, regional and national level.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the following regions of Canada to fill current or upcoming vacancies:

  • BC Islands (North) (will be a co-GRL with an existing GRL for the Southern BC Islands)
  • Southern and Western Ontario (can be filled by one GRL or by co-GRLs)
  • Southern Alberta
  • Atlantic Provinces (will be a co-GRL with an existing GRL)
  • Québec

GRLs take on a part-time, voluntary position for a term of two years. The time commitment varies – most GRLs spend about 5 to 8 hours a week in their roles.  And yes, GRLs still take vacations and time away from the Campaign! A monthly teleconference call with the other GRLs and Campaign staff provides an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and support the growth of the Campaign.

We have a GRL Roles and Responsibilities document with more information about the role as well as an application form. Both are available in the Members Only Resources section of our website. You're also welcome to email us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org for more information and/or to receive the application package. We look forward to hearing from you!

4. Fundraiser Catalogue Available Now

Is your group looking for some new fundraising ideas? The Fundraiser Catalogue is here with dozens of tried and true events from grandmothers groups across Canada and Australia! We hope that your group will enjoy reading about a variety of successful fundraisers for groups small and large, rural and urban.

You can access the Fundraiser Catalogue in the Members Only Resourcessection of our website or by emailing campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org with your group’s name.
 
Please continue to send us your group’s favourite events, so that we can add them to the catalogue. You can access the submission form here. Also, we're excited to let you know that based on feedback from grandmothers groups, we are going to create an Outreach Catalogue that focuses on awareness-raising events and strategies for recruiting and supporting new members. We'd love to feature your group's ideas! You can access the submission form for that, here.



Special Granny Bulletin: December 2017

Reminder: All funds from Canadian Grandmothers Groups must be postmarked by December 31 to be eligible for 2017 tax receipts.

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

Recently we sent the following letter from Stephen Lewis to all of our supporters and donors who are not part of the Grandmothers Campaign. Stephen’s letter asks our supporters for a donation and because of that, we wanted to preface his letter with a note to you. We know how much you already do – organizing countless events, creating beautiful crafts, speaking to schools and community groups, holding book launches, and taking such excellent care of African grandmothers when we’re able to host them. We’re certainly not asking you to do more today! But, since no one makes such bold and brilliant sense of things as Stephen does, we knew you’d want to read it. Enjoy!

In solidarity,
The Grandmothers Campaign Team

Letter from Stephen Lewis

Dear Friends,

Bill Gates publishes an annual newsletter.  As the planet’s second richest man (exceeded only by Jeff Bezos of Amazon), he never asks for money for his Foundation. There’s never a “DONATE NOW” button.  It’s a luxury we’d love to have.
 
The Stephen Lewis Foundation is (slightly!) smaller than the Gates Foundation. Our “DONATE NOW” button flashes exuberantly and continuously. Still, I don’t write an annual letter. I do write an annual Holiday/New Year’s postcard, except for this year. This year, I break with tradition. This year, I’m sending this direct financial appeal.
 
But instead of the wail of penury and abject pleading for funds, I’m entirely upbeat. You might ask why. After all, traditional financing, from friendly governments, is in free-fall. Largely because of the pallor of doom cast by Trump, everyone is cutting back: Norway, Demark, Sweden, Holland, Luxembourg, the UK, all the usual suspects, previously generous, have donned the mantle of Scrooge.
 
It can be painful and devastating, especially to grassroots, community-based groups like those we fund.
 
But my spirits cannot be dashed. It’s not that I’m some insouciant, rose-coloured romanticist. It’s just that our Foundation is so vibrant, accomplishing so much, playing such an increasing role in the world, that it’s impossible to contain optimism.
 
Take the new book on the Grandmother’s Movement to End AIDS in Africa: Powered by Love. It’s a phenomenal success and not just on the best-seller lists. Every book launch across the country has been a jamboree of exultation. African grandmothers make electrifying speeches, and Canadian grandmothers reply in kind. Book-signings galore. Hordes of people, previously suffering fund-raising fatigue, now re-energized and gung-ho. The sense of solidarity, of success, of beating back the virus is palpable. It’s wondrous to watch.
 
But that’s just the half of it. As you’re probably aware, the Foundation, over the last two years, has been carefully, scrupulously, methodically gathering information from the projects to chronicle their work. It’s a staggering undertaking. It has already yielded thousands of pages of information.
 
This isn’t the usual stuff about numbers of orphans and numbers of meals and numbers of school fees, however crucial and important those dimensions of life may be. No, we’re gathering information that goes to the heart of the QUALITY of life … how life has changed as the necessities have been met and the virus is in retreat.
 
We’re documenting the emergence of resilience, human rights, political engagement, family solidarity, community activities, job opportunities … everything that speaks to a throbbing, vital society. I detest the word transformation, but that’s what’s happening: life is being transformed.
 
We even have one of those memorable, scientific phrases to describe what we’re doing. It’s called the “Impact Assessment Framework”. Absorb it, memorize it, cherish it: the IAF is about to enter the international lexicon of unique and incomparable acronyms.
 
Lest you think I jest, let me point out that our IAF is now being discussed at major meetings of the Funders Concerned About AIDS, at the executive board of UNAIDS, at the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and scheduled to be discussed at next year’s international conference on HIV and AIDS in Amsterdam. What the Foundation is doing has, surprisingly enough, never been done before. It’s an astonishing breakthrough in the realm of AIDS research.
 
And it is already having an appreciable impact. For the first time, there’s irrefutable evidence, from the grassroots, to show that community-based groups provide the best and strongest response to the pandemic. I’m actually quite puffed-up about the accolades and plaudits that are being heaped upon us.
 
So you see, instead of a begging bowl, I come to you with a silver chalice. Making another contribution (or a first-time contribution) to the Stephen Lewis Foundation isn’t responding to those who languish in poverty, disease and despair. Quite the opposite! It’s a contribution to those who are triumphing over poverty, disease and despair, and we ask only that the triumph endure.
 
So you see that flashing “DONATE NOW” button (real or metaphorical)? Press it. Humour it. Help us bring it to a fluorescent finale!   
 
Yours sincerely,
Stephen Lewis
Co-Founder and Board Chair


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Granny Bulletin: November 2017

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Grassroots Newsletter -- Investing in Girls 
  2. Holiday Tribute Cards
  3. Helping to Promote Powered by Love
  4. A Treat for Your Taste Buds

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

African grandmothers and their community-based organizations are finally beginning to get the recognition they deserve, as the drivers of the response to HIV&AIDS in Africa at the grassroots. You will be as thrilled as we are that our book, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa was profiled alongside one of our long-time partners, Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, in the UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report this year! The Report describes the grandmothers as the “cornerstone of the community,” something all of us in the Grandmothers Campaign have long understood and shouted from the rooftops!  You can read about Nyaka and see Powered by Loveprofiled on page 43 of the Report.

Speaking of Powered by Love, we are eager to let you know that last week it topped the CBC's bestseller list for Canadian non-fiction! Incredible! This was thanks, in very large part, to the extraordinary book launches organized by grandmothers groups across Canada.

What may have seemed like an impossible feat to many (42 book launches across Canada in a month!) was made possible by you - your hard work, your commitment and your dedication to this movement.

As we arrived in your communities at all times of the day and night, you welcomed us with open arms and warm embraces. We estimate that more than 3,000 grandmothers, grandothers, and members of the public attended book launches and that 2,000 books were sold during the book tour alone!

There were moments of joy and laughter and there were moments of heartache and remembrance. And through it all, there was love and a celebration of African grandmothers' resilience.

For those of you who were not able to host book launches (as well as those of you who were), this Granny Bulletin includes a number of ideas about how you can help Powered by Love reach even broader audiences.

With gratitude and love,
Jonea, Megan, Olivia, Healy, and Graham

2. Grassroots Newsletter -- Investing in Girls 

The Fall Grassroots newsletter is here!

The feature article in this Fall’s Grassroots is about girls' vulnerability to sexual violence and sexual coercion and the educational and therapeutic programmes that community-based organizations employ to turn the tide of HIV & AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“It can happen anywhere—in schools, in families, in workplaces, in fields, on dark morning walks to school, and when impoverished young girls engage in survival sex (sex for food, sex for school fees, etc.). Understanding this reality is central to understanding why 7,500 girls between 15 and 25 years old are infected with HIV every week, and why girls are up to five times more likely to be infected by HIV than their male counterparts....

“An essential component of these programmes is a concerted effort to bolster the knowledge, resolve, strength, economic security and resilience of girls to advocate for their own sexual rights and autonomy.”

You can read the full Grassroots newsletter online.

If you would like to order copies of the Fall 2017 Grassroots for your group members and/or for use at your events, please contact your Grandmothers Campaign Officer or campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

2. Holiday Tribute Cards

Our beautiful holiday cards are here and are available to all grandmothers groups that would like to have them on hand at upcoming fundraising events.

A Holiday Tribute card can be given to anyone who makes a donation of $10 or more in honour of a friend, family member or colleague this holiday season. The donor can, in turn, give the holiday card to the person they are honouring to convey that a generous gift has been given to the SLF in their name. The message inside the card reads: “I wanted to give you a gift that is truly meaningful by making a donation in your honour to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Happy Holidays!”

As always, donations of $20 or more are eligible for a Canadian tax receipt. If you’d like to order holiday cards for your group to have on hand at upcoming fundraisers, please email your Grandmothers Campaign Officer, or campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

(Please Note: If you would like to make a personal Holiday Tribute donation and have a card sent to the person you wish to honour, please visit the Stephen Lewis Foundation website.)

3. Helping to Promote Powered by Love

As the excitement surrounding Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa has grown through book launches, best seller lists, and media coverage, many grandmothers groups have asked us how they can help to promote the book as we move into the winter holiday season and the new year. Over the next week or two, we will reach out to each grandmothers group with some more creative ideas for book promotion, but for now we wanted to share our "top 3" list. 

1.) Write a Review

Numerous positive reviews on booksellers' websites play a significant role in increasing book sales and the book's prominence on those sites. If you were moved by Powered by Love, please take a moment to post a review on Amazon.caIndigo.ca & Amazon.com! The reviews don't have to be long (although long is welcome); they just have to be heartfelt! 

2.) Get Social Media Social

Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account? Share the front cover image of the book, the book flyer or a link to purchase the book on Facebook or Twitter. Do you plan to host a book-selling event? Post about the event on Facebook or Twitter! If you’re planning to tweetplease use the hash tag #poweredbylove so that others can follow all of the "Powered by Love" events. And remember to visit the Powered by Love book website and share the link! www.grandmotherspoweredbylove.com

3) Sell the book at upcoming events or hold your own book launch

Powered by Love

is filled with stories of older women breaking down walls and forging communities and of international sisterhoods built on equality, solidarity and mutual respect. It is a powerful tool for building the movement, dismantling stereotypes, and increasing support for African grandmothers and community-based organizations. And with its stunning photographs and deeply moving stories, it is a perfect holiday gift.

Grandmothers groups can buy the book in bulk from the publisher at 40% off cover price to sell at your fundraising and awareness-raising events and your marketplaces.

You can also buy the books directly from the publisher or work with a local book store to hold a book launch in your community (either as a part of an existing event or as a standalone event). We have a number of materials that you can use at your book launches.

To learn more about how to order books from the publisher or how to hold a book launch, please contact your Grandmothers Campaign Officer or email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

Book Materials and Resources Available to Grandmothers Groups

We have a several resources available to grandmothers groups to help you in your efforts to promote the book.

Videos about the Book 
We have recently completed a 10 minute video about the book that includes clips from interviews with African grandmothers, Joanna Henry, and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis. This video is a great resource for book launches and for incorporating the book into your other events. A member of your group can speak to the importance of grandmothers groups working in solidarity with African grandmothers to really round out the presentation.

You can complement the 10 minute book video with a 6 minute video of Michele Landsberg and Stephen Lewis talking about the book and a 4 minute video of the new song "Powered by Love" and a slideshow featuring book photos.

Book Flyer and Cover Image
We have a a book flyer that shares the front cover image and a brief overview of the book that could be handed out at your upcoming fundraising events to let your supporters know about the book. Click here to download the flyer.  

We also have a high resolution image of the front cover of the book that can be used on social media or in in designing your own materials. Click here to download the image of the book cover. 

"Join the Grandmothers Campaign" Bookmarks
We now have a bookmark! Click here to see what the bookmark looks like. The bookmark can be used at book launches or as an outreach tool, encouraging people to join the movement.  Contact your Grandmothers Campaign Officer or email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org to let us know how many your group would like and we’ll gladly mail them to you. 

4. A Treat for Your Taste Buds

We are happy to share the news of the soon-to-be-released cookbook, African Food for Thought: A Tribute to Grandmothers. This book is the culmination of a decade of hard work and collaboration between a small group of women who attended the inaugural grandmothers gathering in Toronto in 2006.

The cookbook will retail for $35.00 with all royalties going to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In the words of the authors: “This book would not be what it is without you – grandmothers and grand-others across Canada and Africa! You understood immediately that although a cookbook may seem an unlikely way to [bring grandmothers across continents together], food plays as central a role in the lives of families in Africa as in Canada. Furthermore, in every culture grandmothers and their grandchildren share a unique bond often nurtured by the warmth and comfort of food. Favourite recipes carry traditions and memories of cultural heritage, families, and intimate personal moments.”

If you’d like to purchase this book (for yourself, your group or a loved one) it will be available online at Chapters/Indigo in early December. In the meantime, you can read a more detailed description of the book from its authors here and visit the cookbook website to learn more.



Special Granny Bulletin: October 2017

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

This Special Granny Bulletin is all about the book -- Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa.

The book launch tour across Canada is going fabulously! The momentum around the book is building as more and more folks have an opportunity to read it.

Below you will see a number of different opportunities to contribute to the groundswell of support for this book that tells so powerfully the story of the grandmothers' movement.

We hope you've had a chance to read the book (or you will as soon as the book launch comes to your city!) and we'd love to hear what you think.

In solidarity,
The Grandmothers Campaign Team

Tune into The Current Monday at 9 am!

CBC's radio show The Current will feature a piece about Powered by Love that includes an interview with Eunice Mangwane from Keiskamma Trust in South Africa, Mariam Mulinda from PEFO in Uganda, and Jo-Anne Page from Toronto Grandmother's Embrace in Canada.

It will air at 9 am (in all time zones across Canada) on Monday, Oct. 23.

A Song for the Grandmothers from the Grandchildren

We've created a special video that features a new song and photos from the book! The lyrics and melody were written by Stephen Lewis’s grandson and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis’s son, Zev, and performed by the band “Flying Without Tickets.” Grandmothers are playing at it the book launches, but we wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to see it!

You can watch the video below (make sure your volume is on!):  

If you'd like a copy of the video or the song that you can play at your events, email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

Help Spread the Word with Book Reviews!

For those of you who have already heard from the African grandmothers at book launches across the country, you will have heard how much this book means to them, how much this book represents their voices, and how their grandchildren will understand their struggle because this book documents it.

Now we need your help to keep the book relevant in people’s lives, to keep the book current, to get the book out to more people. You can do this by writing reviews of the book on amazon.caamazon.com, and indigo.ca. It's so important and we'd be so appreciative.

Join Us for One of the 28 Remaining Book Launches!

In the upcoming weeks, there will be book launches in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia! 

You don't want to miss this opportunity to hear directly from African grandmothers about why this book is so meaningful to them and their advocacy efforts. (It's worth the roadtrip!)

You can find a list of the upcoming book launches on the book website.

Build the Book into Your Holiday Market Plans

Powered by Love will make a fabulous holiday gift!

Canandian grandmothers groups can buy the book from the publisher in bulk at 40% off the cover price (plus tax and shipping) to sell at your holiday markets, fundraisers, etc. You will also have a 30 day payement period.

The difference between the $35 that you'll sell the book for and the price you pay the publisher (generally approximately $25-26 per book after tax and shipping) will be additional money you've raised to support African gandmothers and the children in their care!

To place your order, contact Amanda at Goose Lane (1-888-926-8377 or orders@gooselane.com). If you have any questions, please contact us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.


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Granny Bulletin: September 2017

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Application Deadline Extended for Tanzanian Gathering Delegation
  2. Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg talk about Powered by Love
  3. Book Launches Across Canada!
  4. Fundraising Corner: Cocktails n' Canvas
  5. Holiday Tribute Cards: Coming Sooner than you Think

Application Deadline Extended!
In response to feedback from grandmothers groups members who would like to apply, we have extended the deadline for applying to be a part of the Grandmothers Campaign Delegation to the Tanzanian Grandmothers Gathering. It is now Oct. 13.
See section 1 in this Bulletin for more information

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

It will not surprise you to know that our hearts and minds are full of the brand new grandmothers book -- Powered by Love: A Grandmothers Movement to End AIDS in Africa. It will soon be available in bookstores across Canada and online around the world, and you will be able to read and cherish your own copy. 

But in the meantime, we wanted to share one excerpt from the book with you. The following is from Mpaata, a grandmother involved with Phoebe Education Fund for AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (PEFO) in Uganda. 

I am 77 years old and I have just won the election and am beginning my role as Chairperson of the Older Persons Committee at the village level. This makes me very proud. It is very important for grandmothers to be involved in politics because we have very pressing issues but the government has left us behind.We are the people now to deliver the older person's issues on the table. I am concerned with health care, and another fellow granny who was just elected to a different committee, she is talking about social assistance and grants for older persons. We believe, if we had representatives at all levels, these issues could be catered for. We hope this is just the beginning.

To read this and other excerpts from the book, visit the Powered by Lovewebsite.

In solidarity,
Graham, Healy, Jonea, Megan, and Olivia

1. Application Deadline Extended for Tanzanian Gathering Delegation

Given how busy September has been for many groups, we have decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications to be a part of the Grandmothers Campaign delegation to the Tanzanian Grandmothers Gathering. The new deadline is Oct. 13.

African grandmothers gatherings are a tremendous, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with the African grandmothers at the centre of turning the tide of AIDS, to exchange stories, and to stand together in sisterhood, all while representing thousands of grandmothers in Canada, the UK, Australia and the US.

We will host additional information calls, as necessary, to accommodate those who wish to apply. Please contact us at  campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org for more information or to receive the information kit and application.

We appreciate the work that many of you have done to get your applications in by the original Oct. 1 deadline, and we’re already reviewing them!

2. Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg talk about Powered by Love

Stephen Lewis, co-founder and chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and Michele Landsberg, editor of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa, sat down for a candid and lighthearted conversation about this eagerly anticipated book. We wanted to share a video with excerpts from that conversation with you. 

The full 4 minute video of Stephen and Michele's conversation will be sent to all grandmothers groups on Oct. 10. 

3. Book Launches Across Canada!

Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa will be released in bookstores across Canada and online worldwide on October 10. In order to spread the word about the book and the grandmothers' movement, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and members of the Grandmothers Campaign are organizing 40 book launches across Canada between October 11 and November 9. These launches will feature African and Canadian grandmothers and Stephen Lewis Foundation staff.

We hope that you will join us for a book launch in the city nearest you:

Alberta 
Calgary and Edmonton

British Columbia 
Courtenay/Comox, Nanaimo, Nelson, Penticton, Prince George, Salmon Arm, Salt Spring Island, Sechelt, Sidney, Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria

Manitoba
Winnipeg

New Brunswick
Fredericton and Sackville

Nova Scotia
Halifax

Ontario 
Belleville, Brantford, Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Oakville, Ottawa, Thornbury, Toronto

Quebec
Montreal

Saskatchewan
Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current


Visit the book website for the full details of each event. 

4. Fundraising Corner: Cocktails n' Canvas

Submitted by OMAS SISKONA in Kitchener, Ontario:

Many of us have joined friends at a restaurant to be “artists for a night.” We paint an actual picture with acrylic paints on a 16” by 20” canvas. An artist instructor leads the group with step-by-step instructions until the group members have each created their version of the model picture. All painting equipment is supplied by the company. No experience, or even talent, necessary.

Cocktails n’ Canvas, a Canadian-owned company, provides this kind of evening as a charity event. On their website, one can register as a charitable event, pick a date and time, a price point, a location from those suggested or one of your own, and a painting which is graded very easy, easy, moderate, etc. 

A member of OMAS SISKONA organized one of these events as as fundraiser and as an evening of fun and community. Twenty-six people attended at $45 + HST each and our group made $470 for the SLF!

This is an easy event to mount. One person is needed to be the contact for Cocktails n’ Canvas. All the rest is done by them – restaurant reservation, artist booking, on-line registration, set-up, and clean-up. Participating painters pay separately for optional food and beverages. A very enjoyable evening with considerable benefit to the SLF!

If you would like to learn more about OMAS SISKONA's Cocktails n' Canvas fundraiser, please contact campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org and we will put you in touch with a member of the group.  If you would like to submit a fundraiser for the Fundraising Corner, please send your description, a photo, and the email address of someone from your group who is willing to field questions from other groups to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

5. Holiday Tribute Cards: Coming Sooner than You Think

Every year, we offer Holiday Tribute Cards in November and December to those who wish to make a donation in lieu of a gift. Recently, we have also invited grandmothers groups to participate if you would like by making Holiday Tribute Cards available to your supporters.

Each card represents a donation of $10 or more and features African grandmothers and/or children and includes the message, “I wanted to give you a gift that is truly meaningful by making a donation in your honour to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Happy Holidays!”

We won't have this year's Holiday Tribute Cards in the office until late October or early November, but we wanted to mention it now so that your group can begin to think about whether this is something you want to incorporate into winter markets or fundraising events.

If you have any questions or would like to express your interest in receiving Holiday Tribute Cards for your group to make available to your supporters, please email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

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Granny Bulletin: August 2017

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
 

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Tanzanian Grandmothers Gathering 2018
  2. Spotlight on Australia
  3. More Grandmothers Book News
  4. Grandmothers Campaign Member Awarded Order of Manitoba
  5. Fundraising Corner: Announcing the Grandmothers Campaign Fundraiser Catalogue

Dear Grandmothers & Grandothers,

Although it has been many years since most of us were in school, something about the nearness of September still feels like the beginning of a “new” year. We can’t help feeling the anticipation and excitement of what this year will bring. It’s no surprise then that this bulletin, on the heels of last month’s announcement of the grandmothers book and book launch tour, brings news of another momentous event for the 2017-2018 calendar year: a national Grandmothers Gathering in Tanzania.

As you know from reading the Ugandan and South Africa Grandmothers Statements, national grandmothers gatherings in Africa culminate with a powerful call to action delivered by grandmothers to their governments, to the media, and to donor communities. This is key to the Grandmothers Campaign -- that the work you all do supports African grandmothers in their own advocacy, their own fierce determination to hold their governments accountable.

Recently, Theo Sowa (African Women’s Development Fund and member of the SLF’s African Advisory Board) and Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro (Global Fund for Women) wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail that touches on this very subject. In light of the Canadian government’s recent unveiling of their feminist foreign aid policy, Sowa and Kanyoro call on the government to make sure funding flows to grassroots organizations. This is precisely what the SLF exists to do. They remind us all that sustainable change must be led by those who know their communities inside and out:

“In our decades of experience in women’s rights activism, we have heard many champion reproductive rights. We have also seen that those who are best qualified to lead social change are rooted in their community. There are countless examples highlighting the magnificent work that they do against daunting odds. Yet, their work remains chronically underfunded.” Read the op-ed in full here.

Theo Sowa has been with us at every Grandmothers Gathering. She, and many around the world, marvel at the solidarity model of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign! The work you do year-round in your communities amplifies the voices of African grandmothers, honours their expertise, supports essential funding of the transformational work of our grassroots partners, and helps in the critical struggle to shift the paradigm of how the international community thinks about African grandmothers at the heart of the response to the AIDS pandemic.

In solidarity,
The Grandmothers Campaign Team

1. Tanzanian Grandmothers Gathering 2018 — Grandmothers Campaign Delegation

We are happy to announce that the SLF is again working alongside our community-based partners to convene a Tanzanian Grandmothers Gathering that will take place in late February and early March 2018!

As you know, grandmothers in Africa are mobilizing to claim their human rights. Among their demands are pensions, land rights, child protection, and access to health care for older women who are HIV-positive and the HIV-positive children in their care. Above all, they are insisting that they have a voice where decisions about their lives are being made.

The national gathering will bring Tanzanian grandmothers together to share their expertise as community leaders, as advocates, and as first responders to the ravages of AIDS. Workshops will be led by and for Tanzanian grandmothers alongside staff from our partner organizations to provide a platform for grandmothers to voice their stories and experiences, to discuss urgent issues, and to carry the momentum forward by issuing a Tanzanian Grandmothers Statement.

As with previous gatherings, the Foundation will be leading a small delegation of Grandmothers Campaign members to attend as observers and 'ambassadors' for the thousands of women active in the Campaign. This trip is open to grandmothers and grandothers in Canada, Australia, the UK, and the US who belong to a registered grandmothers group and are active members of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

To answer some questions you may have, and to help inform your decision to submit an application to attend the Tanzanian Gathering, we’ve put together an information kit. If you’d like an information kit and application, send an email to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org or call 1-888-203-9990, ext. 0. Please share your first and last name and the name of your grandmothers group.

We’ll also be holding conference calls this fall for those thinking about submitting an application, to share even more information, to give you a chance to ask questions, and to share excitement with one another about the Tanzanian gathering! Everyone who plans to submit an application is required to be on one of these information calls.

The call dates and times are:
Tues., Sept. 5th at 11am Eastern time
Tues., Sept. 12th at 8pm Eastern time (we hope this will work for our Australian grand(m)others)
Mon., Sept. 18th at 2pm Eastern time.

To RSVP for a call and get the call-in information, please email campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is October 1st.

2. Spotlight on Australia

While the Grandmothers Campaign has its roots in Canada, momentum has been building around the world. We’ve had a UK group and a few Australian groups for several years, but now the movement is really taking off globally!

Ida with grandmothers and grandothers from the Grandmas Across Borders group in Williamstown, Victoria. Sandy, the founder of Grandmas Across Borders, learned about the Grandmothers Campaign after receiving a scarf made by the Oceanside Grandmothers from her granddaughter’s other grandmother.

This past May, Ida Nambeya Mukuka, Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers Campaign, travelled to Australia for a cross-country speaking tour. Ida was welcomed and accompanied in her travels by Margaret Hunter, founding member of “Ranges Aid,” the first grandmothers group in Australia, who planned the entire Victoria leg of the tour.

Ida and Margaret travelled to 12 different towns and cities across the country. They met with existing grandmothers groups and also gave talks and presentations to other interested parties. At stop after stop, the enthusiasm and commitment to support African grandmothers raising their grandchildren orphaned by HIV & AIDS was palpable.

They visited grandmothers and grandothers from:

  • Meeniyan, Emerald, Chelsea, Junction Village, Broadford, and Williamston, Victoria
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Brisbane and Coominya, Queensland
  • Sydney, Sylvania, and Barrington, New South Wales

In Chelsea, Ida met with the “Bayside Grannies,” a grandmothers group that have already made their own matching t-shirts despite not forming until late 2016. They’ve just held a “Christmas in July” event, which raised more than $3000!

Ida and Margaret also had the pleasure of visiting the Gogo Mamas in Perth. Group member and founder Marilynn started the group after learning about the Grandmothers Campaign from her friend Wendy, who is a member of the Guilford and Godalming group in the UK!

The Grand AIDS group in Barrington organized a lovely evening filled with entertainment, learning, and jewellery sales. And, of course, Ida and Margaret enjoyed their stay with Marg, the founder of Grand AIDS, in beautiful Barrington.

Ida speaking with the Grand Greeting Card Group in Sylvania, New South Wales.

In the past year there have been three new grandmothers groups formed in Australia, bringing the grand total to seven! From Perth to Melbourne, Brisbane to Sydney, and many other smaller cities in between, there is much enthusiasm for the Campaign and surely more groups to come.

3. More Grandmothers Book News

Our Special Granny Bulletin in July announced that the SLF's new book Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa will be released on Oct. 10 in bookstores across Canada (and is currently available for pre-order online). 

We’re excited to announce that the website for book is live! Visit grandmotherspoweredbylove.com for a sneak peek inside the book, to see the full list of fall book launch tour stops, and to learn more about how to order the book. We also have promotional materials for the book available (a poster, e-vite, and high resolution image of the book cover) that we’d be happy to send you if you’re planning to incorporate book sales into one of your group’s upcoming fundraisers.

4. Grandmothers Campaign Member Awarded Order of Manitoba

We wish we could award every Grandmothers Campaign member with an Order of Canada/Australia/UK for your inspirational support and solidarity. Since we don’t (yet) have that power, we’ll instead celebrate and spread the joyful news when grandmothers and grandothers receive well-deserved accolades and recognition.

Beverley Suek, a member of Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg was recently awarded "The Order of Manitoba, the province's highest honour, which recognizes Manitobans who have enriched the social, cultural or economic well-being of the province and its residents." In addition to her work with Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg, Bev is the "founder of Women's Housing Initiative Manitoba, an alternative housing concept for older women who prefer not to live alone. ... She also initiated the development of Winnipeg's first birthing centre and was a co-founder of the Manitoba Women's Enterprise centre, Women's Music and Cultural Festival, Women's Employment Counselling Centre and the SDB Housing co-operative. Bev also started Kali Shiva AIDS Services in Winnipeg, now known as Sunshine House, and organized volunteers to assist people with AIDS to help them stay in their homes as long as possible."
(Excerpted from an article that was originally printed in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 12, 2017 and from an article that was originally printed on CBC.ca on May 12, 2017.)

Bev Suek and Ida Nambeya Mukuka at the 2016 South Africa Grandmothers Gathering march in Durban.

We know you’ll join us in congratulating Bev on this incredible honour, and reveling in the great fortune that we all have to be part of the global Grandmothers to Grandmothers movement of extraordinary grandmothers and grandothers.

Our thanks to Cathie Hiller for bringing this honour to our attention.

5. Fundraising Corner: Announcing the Grandmothers Campaign Fundraiser Catalogue

Inspired by the feedback we got in the Grandmothers Campaign survey, we’re compiling a Grandmothers Campaign fundraiser catalogue to honour the creativity and ingenuity of grandmothers groups, and to make sure that good ideas are shared. As you know, this space in the Granny Bulletin has become a forum for idea-sharing, and many groups have expressed that it is helpful to learn about new fundraising ideas.

We have created a one-page fundraiser description form to capture key information about successful events that your group has held, and we would be incredibly grateful if your group could share information (using this form) about at least one fundraiser that you felt was particularly successful in your community. Once we have received enough completed forms to constitute a catalogue, we will compile them and make the Grandmothers Campaign fundraiser catalogue available to all of you on the Members Only section of our website. (And we will regularly update it as new forms come in.)

Please email your completed form to your Grandmothers Campaign Officer, or campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

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Special Granny Bulletin: July 2017

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

We are thrilled to announce that the SLF's long-awaited grandmothers book will be released this fall:

Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa will be published by Goose Lane on October 10, 2017.

About the Book
This book puts on paper what members of the Grandmothers Campaign have known in their hearts for 11 years since the Campaign was launched in Canada -- this global solidarity movement powered by love is like nothing we've seen before. Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa draws on hundreds of interviews with grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa, Canada, and the UK, to tell the story of this incredible movement from the perspective of grandmothers themselves. These stories and the accompanying evocative photos will allow people in your communities and around the world to understand the tremendous impact African grandmothers are having in the midst of the AIDS pandemic and to appreciate the power of the global grandmothers' movement and how it grew. With this book, people will finally learn the untold story of AIDS in Africa and the power of grandmother and grandother love across continents.

Author: Joanna Henry with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis
Editor: Michele Landsberg
Foreword: Stephen Lewis
Photographer: Alexis MacDonald

The book will retail for $35 and all royalties will go to organizations run by and for African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS.

Book Tour
We will be taking the book on an epic book launch tour from Oct. 11 to Nov. 9 with 40 events hosted by grandmothers groups across Canada! African grandmothers and project staff from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia will be travelling in groups of 2 or 3 along with SLF staff to speak at all of these book tour launch events.  

In addition to the launches that are a part of the official book launch tour, grandmothers groups, community organizations, bookstores, and colleges & universities in Canada, Australia, the UK, and the USA are encouraged to organize their own launch events any time after the book is released on Oct. 10. We will provide a video for those launches, help you acquire books for your launch, and provide feedback on developing a book launch program. 

Book SalesThe book will be available in bookstores across Canada, and these bookstores will be crucial to building momentum and generating sales of the book. Independent and chain booksellers alike will be key partners in the book launch tour and in promoting and selling the book across Canada.

In addition, we've been able to arrange for grandmothers groups to buy the book in bulk from the publisher at a discounted rate to sell at their fundraising and awareness-raising events and marketplaces. The difference between the bulk rate and the selling price of the book would be attributed to the group's fundraising total. The fact that there is a discount for buying in bulk means that more money will go to African grandmothers.


Whether you organize a book launch in your community, sell books as a fundraiser, encourage your local bookstore to stock the book, or promote the book online, we look forward to working with you to make a powerful impact with Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to be in touch with us at campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

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Granny Bulletin: June 2017

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. The Resilience Effect and the Power of Community
  2. The SLF's New LGBTQ Initiative
  3. Fundraising Corner: Art from the Attic
  4. SLF's Fiscal Year Ends June 30

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

As we write this, Stride walks are taking place across the Canada, cyclists are in serious training for cycle tours in the fall, calendars are filling up quickly with fall fundraisers and awareness raising events, Ida Nambeya Mukuka and Margaret Hunter have recently returned from their organizing and speaking tour across Australia (details to come in the July Granny Bulletin), and so much more!  It is a busy, busy time. There is no doubt that grandmothers group members are full steam ahead in Canada, Australia, and the UK and that the Campaign is moving with strength into the next 10 years.

What better way to mark this time than with a message from Ilana Landsberg-Lewis about the revolutionary movement that grandmothers group members in Canada (and now the UK and Australia) have built over the last ten years. 

From Ilana's talk to the 10 Year Anniversary Ottawa-Gatineau Gathering on April 28, 2017:

"Let’s take a moment to reflect on what you’ve built together. In Canada, as part of the Grandmothers Campaign, you have engaged with and developed a new development model. It is probably the only development model based on solidarity not charity. The Campaign raises funds and awareness and never dictates to the groups and to the grandmothers at the frontlines what they should be doing with the money. No matter how much you learn and I learn, we know we are not the experts. And although we’ve become used to that phrase, I want to say to you that internationally this idea is revolutionary -- it’s almost lunacy.

Nobody can believe the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign: that there are 10,000 women in Canada who have raised more than $25 million and who don’t expect that their fundraising efforts confers on them the right to direct the projects in Africa. Even after a decade in the Campaign, you never assume that you or that the Stephen Lewis Foundation knows better than the people on the front lines of the pandemic. No matter how many stories you’ve read in these Bulletins, in Grassroots, and heard directly from African grandmothers, you have held onto a really revolutionary core principle – expertise lies with grandmothers and community-based organizations in Africa.

In the Campaign, we now take that principle for granted but, internationally, it’s a revolutionary idea. Imagine! People in the North are actually supporting grassroots organizations and grandmothers, whom nobody sees as a 'good investment', and not dictating the terms of engagement. Whether it’s PEPFAR or the Global Fund, everywhere international NGOs are dictating terms because it makes the donors feel good. They want wells built – and there are pictures of the wells. They want goats – and there are pictures of the goats. They want girls in school – and there are pictures of girls in school. It doesn’t matter if the girls don’t have counselling, it doesn’t matter if no one is walking them to school early in the morning to make sure they don’t get raped, it doesn’t matter if no one is teaching them about menstruation and sanitary napkins so they don’t have to stay home. All that 's seen as grandmothers’ work and community work and somehow that kind of work doesn’t need funding. Because as long as you can count the number of girls and take pictures of them, fine. And if that isn’t ‘tied aid’, I don’t know what is. And the community-based organizations keep saying so.

The only example I can give in the world is the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. It’s no accident that it is grandmothers who understand deeply, viscerally, that the African grandmothers don’t need anyone to tell them what to do to resurrect their communities. And so this is a moment to think very carefully about how you are the vanguards of a truly revolutionary new model of development that is based on solidarity. It actually takes the tired old word of solidarity and gives it meaning. And the African grandmothers are running with it. They’re doing everything they need to do without interference because of your solidarity."

In solidarity,
The Grandmothers Campaign Team

1. The Resilience Effect and the Power of Community

"PLWHA [People Living with HIV and AIDS] are making incredible contributions in the areas of peer support, peer education, advocacy, public education, sensitization and community mobilization. Peers have a very strong influence on an individual's behaviour. Peer educators have a level of trust and comfort with their peers that allows for open discussion about sensitive topics, and they have good access to 'hidden' populations that may have limited interaction with mainstream health programmes. Our peer education programme empowers both the educators and the target groups by creating a sense of solidarity and collective action. It's also more cost-effective than interventions that rely on formally trained professional staff. Our peer educators are community members who have developed the capacity to provide health information to those around them, and they are now seen by others in the community as a focal point for information and assistance. We've build a cadre of PLWHA and community volunteers who can address positive prevention many years beyond the life cycle of this project." -- Busoga Integrated Development and Care Foundation

This story from Busoga Integrated Development and Care Foundation, one of the SLF's partner's in Uganda, is just one of the many examples of the power of community that is highlighted in the SLF's just-released 2016 Year in Review (which shares its name with this section heading). The Year in Review offers page after page of people-based evidence that community-based organizations in Africa are transforming their communities. The Spring 2017 Spotlight on Grassroots  and the 2016 Year in Review  work hand-in-hand (along with the 2015 Year in Review) to begin to tell the story of the return of resilience to the communities in which our partner organizations work in sub-Saharan Africa.

We know that grandmothers groups are always eager to get more concrete examples of the work our partners in Africa are doing and we believe that the Spotlight (which focuses on psychological and emotional support) and the Year in Review (which covers healthcare, income-generation, food security, access to education, protection from violence, psychological and emotion support, and community mobilization) will be hugely helpful and inspirational in this regard --whether you read an entire section out loud at a meeting or choose a few quotes to share at a fundraiser. 

Getting Copies of the Spotlight and the Year in Review
Both the 2017 Spotlight on Grassroots and the 2016 Year in Review are available online as PDFs. In addition, we have hard copies of the Spotlight, which you can distribute at meetings and events. We also have a limited number of print copies of the Year in Review and we are happy to send them to grandmothers groups who will use them. Please contact your Grandmothers Campaign Officer or write to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org if you'd like us to mail you copies of either or both of these resources.

2. The SLF's New LGBTQ Initiative

As members of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, you raise funds specifically to support African grandmothers and the children in their care. But we know you care deeply about all of the work that the Stephen Lewis Foundation supports and are committed to making sure that holistic responses to HIV & AIDS meet the needs of all vulnerable communities. As a result. we thought that you would want to be among the first to know about a critically important new initiative.

In May 2017, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched an initiative to support LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities in sub-Saharan Africa, because LGBTQ communities are under attack. In country after country, they are persecuted, discriminated against, harassed, beaten, jailed, subjected to ‘corrective rape’, and their very lives are criminalized and threatened. 34 out of 54 countries in Africa maintain laws that criminalize consensual sex between men, and 24 maintain laws that apply to women.

It is against this backdrop of hostility and violence that the LGBTQ communities struggle to survive, to claim and secure their Human Rights, to live with dignity and without fear, and to address the scourge of HIV&AIDS.

Many LGBTQ organizations are, by necessity, forced into the position of using the majority of their budget on the struggle for Human Rights and on security. This leaves critical HIV&AIDS services for their vulnerable populations severely under-resourced.

The SLF’s LGBTQ Initiative will ensure that determined and courageous LGBTQ organizations are able to provide their communities with desperately needed programmes and services by providing funding for life-saving and life-enhancing HIV&AIDS related programmes run by these grassroots organizations.

As with every new initiative the SLF undertakes, the funds raised to support this initiative will be in addition to the funds raised to support the Foundation's five core areas of work: grandmothers, children affected by AIDS, home-based care, sexual violence and HIV & AIDS, and positive living. 

3. Fundraising Corner: Art from the Attic

Submitted by Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Regina

This September we will host our 6th Art from the Attic, and we are gearing up for another stellar event! 

 Kudos to the British Columbia Valley Arts Council and the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary for the idea and the name, and the G4G member who first raised the idea to our group and promoted what has become a very profitable fundraiser.  Our 2016 AFTA has raised $31,000, a figure we are quite proud of. This was generated by the one-day art sale and a subsequent on-line auction hosted by the Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting.

The beauty of an AFTA sale is that it involves the community in two ways – as donor supporters and as happy customers. As AFTA’s reputation has gathered steam, the number of two-dimensional, gently used art pieces that have been donated by community members hovers between 1800-2500 per sale. Excitingly, there is usually a steady stream of customers patiently lined up from before opening through the final hour’s half-price sale on this one-day art sale.

The art is priced from $10-$1000, most pieces fall within the $20-70 range, and reserves are placed on higher-end product.

Although this fundraiser requires hard work and elbow grease, with members’ involvement in the various stages (cleaning and pricing art, doing pick-up of the art, and other jobs on the day), ultimately this fundraiser that “takes a village” is a successful fundraiser for several reasons: minimal overhead, substantial funds raised, considerable community support, good group visibility, membership involvement, and it’s fun!

If you would like to learn more about G4G Regina’s Art from the Attic, please contact campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org and we will put you in touch with a member of the group.  If you would like to submit a fundraiser for the Fundraising Corner, please send your description, a photo, and the email address of someone from your group who is willing to field questions from other groups to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

4. SLF's Fiscal Year Ends June 30

As many of you know, the Stephen Lewis Foundation's fiscal year ends June 30. We ask that groups submit funds before that date wherever possible. Also, if you have been sent any SLF items on consignment (for example: 10 year anniversary pins, Stride scarves, copies of Grandmothers – Africa’s Unsung Heroes books), please submit funds from those items by June 30, as well. Thank you!

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Special Granny Bulletin: April 2017

Welcome to the Granny Bulletin, your source for news, stories and information about exciting initiatives from the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

In this Granny Bulletin:

  1. Mother's Day Tribute Cards Available Now
  2. The Unsung S/heroes Photography Exhibit
  3. Hello Spring, Hello Stride

Dear Grandmothers and Grandothers,

We hope you will forgive the business nature of today's special Granny Bulletin. We wanted to get some time-sensitive announcements to you about our Mother's Day tribute cards, our photography exhibit The Unsung S/heroes, and Stride to Turn the Tide. In the next week or two, we will be sending you a full Granny Bulletin with exciting updates and lots of Campaign information!

In solidarity,
Healy, Asmita, and Megan

P.S. For those of you attending the Ottawa-Gatineau Gathering tomorrow or the Vancouver Gathering on Saturday, we will see you soon! And for those of you in Australia, Ida is very much looking forward to meeting you!

1. Mother's Day Tribute Cards Available Now

As members and supporters of the Grandmothers Campaign, you honour the mothers, grandmothers, and women caregivers in your life throughout the year by standing in solidarity with the mothers and grandmothers of Africa and the grassroots organizations that support them. We have heard from many grandmothers group members though that they want to know about Mother's Day tribute cards each year, as they provide an opportunity to let women caregivers in their lives know how much they matter. If you'd like to send a Mother's Day tribute card, you can make a donation in lieu of – or in addition to – a gift, and send a beautiful printed or electronic card to your loved one(s).  You can send one of the Foundation’s two available cards yourself, have us send it on your behalf, or donate online and send an e-card for immediate delivery.
 

In addition, as we mentioned in the March Granny Bulletin, there is the opportunity for grandmothers groups to receive a package of Mother's Day tribute cards to make available to donors who wish to make tribute donations.

Each card features an image of hands or a picture of an African grandmother and child, and includes the message “I wanted to give you a gift that is truly meaningful by making a donation in your honour to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Happy Mother’s Day!”

The cards are meant to be given to donors as a token of thanks to acknowledge their Mother’s Day tribute donation of $10 or more, so they can give the cards to the woman or women they are honouring for Mother’s Day.

If your grandmothers group is interested in receiving Mother’s Day tribute cards, please contact campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org with the number of cards you would like, your group name, and your mailing address.

2. The Unsung S/heroes Photography Exhibit

We are excited to let you know that the Stephen Lewis Foundation has been selected to have a feature photography exhibit – The Unsung S/heroes – at the Contact Photography Festival (the largest photography festival in the world) in Toronto this May!

This exhibit features intimate portraits of African grandmothers – the Unsung S/heroes at the heart of the response to the AIDS pandemic. 

The Process Behind this Photo Exhibit

The photos and quotes in this exhibit are a result of a five-year conversation with the grassroots organizations and the grandmothers appearing in this exhibit – a conversation about how the African grandmothers have moved from agony to mobilizing to claim their human rights. How, out of the despair of AIDS, a powerful social movement has emerged led by older women. It was a conversation that included how community organizations and grandmothers want their stories to be told and what kind of representation best reflects the dignity and resilience of the grandmothers themselves. The conversation continued throughout the selection and approval of photos and quotes, as communities discussed the complexity of ensuring they owned their story and how it was told, and the representation of grandmothers – particularly as it extends to audiences outside of their own context. 

Careful consideration was given to the children appearing in this exhibit who are grandchildren of the women involved in this initiative. Permission to use these photos has been granted but the children’s names have been withheld at the request of their grandmothers. 

To read more about the exhibit, visit the Stephen Lewis Foundation website.

Visit the Unsung S/heroes Exhibit

If you live in Toronto or will be visiting in May, you can visit the exhibit for free from May 2-31 at the Daniels Spectrum Hallway Gallery at 585 Dundas Street East, 2nd Floor. Learn more here.

There will be an opening night launch event on May 2nd. Details have already been sent to Toronto-area grandmothers groups' main contacts to share with their members, but you can also click here for more details.

3. Hello Spring, Hello Stride

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign’s National Walk, Stride to Turn the Tide, will be stepping into its 8th year this June. (Stride has been called the "National Walk" since the days when the Grandmothers Campaign had groups only in Canada. But any group can participate in Stride! In fact, it's a great way to raise visibility and funds in your community.)

There are already quite a few teams signed up to participate in this fun event.  If your group is interested in holding a Stride this summer, you might like to know that it can be easier than it seems, and we are happy to support you in organizing and planning one! 

There are three things you will need:
1. A main contact/organizer for your group's walk.
2. A location for your walk - most groups choose a local park or trail (but don't forget that a "virtual walk" is also an option).
3. Stride pride! A few committed walkers can go a long way.

For your walk to be covered by our Stride Insurance Policy, it will need to be held on any of the following dates: June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 or 18, and we will need to know by May 13th.  

If you are an individual who would like to participate in a walk in your community or will be visiting a different part of Canada in June, we would be happy to connect you with a walk in that community for you to join!

Please visit www.stridetoturnthetide.ca for materials, online fundraising, and Stride information, and contact us at stride@stephenlewisfoundation.org with any questions you have!

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