Grandmothers and Grandothers Helping Grandmothers
In Canada we take Government social supports such as good health, education and readily available employment for granted. We can expect that our children will be healthy and flourish and will be alive to raise their children. In Africa this is not the case.
In 2003 The Stephen Lewis Foundation began providing support to people in Africa whose lives had been affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Through their work they learned that due to the pandemic many Grandmothers had buried their children and were now raising their grandchildren with very little of the things we take for granted. In 2006 in response to what they observed the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
This Canadian Campaign involves over 240 regional grandmother groups raising money to assist African Grandmothers. At the time this campaign was launched our Morinville and area group, H.A.T.S., was formed. Since that time we have made it our mission to raise awareness and mobilize support in Canada for Africa's Grandmothers.
The money we raise helps provide funds for food, school fees and uniforms, counseling and social supports. Equally important are the initiatives that we help fund. These are focused on building resilience by providing the knowledge and skills to build and continue to maintain fruitful lives.
How do we raise our funds? We have several events every year including lunches, garage sales, bake sales, silent auctions.
Every dollar counts and every dollar has an impact. With this in mind we strive to keep our administrative costs to less than 10% of the funds we raise.