How A Small Group of Grandmothers Turned Into 10,000+ and Built A Global Solidarity Movement!

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The Story The World Has Yet To Hear About The Power Of Grandmothers Uniting!

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - April 15, 2019 - eTradeWire -- The remarkable story of the GRANDMOTHERS TO GRANDMOTHERS CAMPAIGN to support indomitable African Grandmothers raising a generation of grandchildren orphaned by AIDS will be shared by Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Co-founder of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and its Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and Ida Nambeya Mukuka, Grandmothers Campaign African Liaison at a free live event in Raleigh, NC, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7pm at the Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, 320 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC, 27603. THE EVENT IS FREE FOR ALL TO ATTEND.

This is the Untold Story of AIDS in Africa: When the AIDS pandemic swept across the continent of Africa, it took with it the lives of nearly an entire generation of young people—35 million of them perished, leaving their young children alone and vulnerable. It was the indomitable grandmothers of Africa who stepped in to care for their grandchildren in an agony of loss. To bring urgent attention to the emerging crisis faced by these grandmothers, the Stephen Lewis Foundation— a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada—launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

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A dynamic movement of grandmothers rallied in response. Starting in Canada, quickly moving to Australia, the U.K., and now launching in the United States – this Campaign has become a new social movement of 10,000+ Grandmothers and 'grandothers'. They stand in solidarity with African grandmothers at the heart of the response to AIDS in Africa, and have raised $30 million dollars --  that has gone directly to African community-based organizations run by and for Grandmothers.

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African Grandmothers – the Unsung Heroes of the AIDS pandemic: African grandmothers are central to the life of their communities.  After burying some or all of their adult children, with no time to grieve, they have taken on the care for millions of grandchildren orphaned by AIDS, sometimes as many as 10 grandchildren in one household. They display astonishing reserves of love, courage and emotional resilience.  Community-based organizations run by and for grandmothers in Africa are an essential and life-enhancing source of support. They provide African grandmothers with funds for food, health care, school fees and school uniforms for their grandchildren, income-generating programs, grief counseling, HIV testing and counseling for them and the children in their care, essential shelter, and other necessities. African grandmothers have become the experts on what it will take to turn the tide of AIDS in their communities, stitch back together the fabric of their families, and reclaim hope.

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The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign USA supports African grandmothers with three essential principles at its heart: • To build solidarity among grandmothers and raise awareness to shine a spotlight on the vital role of grandmothers in overcoming the ravages of AIDS in Africa • To listen to African grandmothers, respect their expertise, and amplify their voices to promote substantive responses to the challenges of AIDS pandemic • To raise funds for the work of community-based programs that meet the needs of African grandmothers and the children in their care.

Grandmothers on the Move
Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

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