Hands Across the Sea (A.K.A.. HATS) is one of the more than 240 groups of grandmothers Canada-wide supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation
HATS- Hands Across The Sea
Grandmothers Helping Grandmothers
Photo by: Gillian Mathurin
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
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.
Helping to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.
We meet the second Tuesday of every month at the Morinville United Church.
Our next meeting is:
November 14, 2017