The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is an initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Special Announcement: Crafts Available Online During the coronavirus crisis, the Glacier Grannies are making their fundraising crafts, eco wraps and masks available on line. To jump to viewing examples of our extended array of these items and how to order please click here.

In 2007 a group of women from the Comox Valley was inspired by their African sisters who had risen so willingly to the challenge of bringing up their grandchildren, after their own children had died from HIV & AIDS. Since then, the Glacier Grannies have raised over $530,000 dollars for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Learn more about us here.

We raise money through special events, and by creating and selling a wide variety of crafts. At the same time we form lasting friendships with each other, and share fun and laughter.

A grandmother and granddaughter embrace: Kenya - Pendeza Africa South Africa - Grandmothers against poverty, HIV and Aids Smiling grandmothers: Uganda - PEFO Grandmothers celebrate: Uganda - PEFO Grandmother and grandchild: South Africa - GAPA
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Grandmother and grandchild: South Africa - GAPA

Grandmothers celebrate: Uganda - PEFO

Smiling grandmothers Uganda - PEFO

South Africa - Grandmothers against poverty, HIV and Aids

A grandmother and granddaughter embrace: Kenya - Pendeza Africa

The Grandmothers of Sub-Saharan Africa are a resilient and heroic group of women. After caring for their own children as they died in the HIV & AIDS pandemic, they have taken on the role of raising their orphaned grandchildren, caring for their physical and emotional needs, and putting them through school. As they grow in self-confidence, they have become pivotal members of their communities, participating in income-generating programs and leading the fight against HIV & AIDS: teaching prevention, supporting those living with the condition, and battling the stigma that still surrounds the disease. Grandmothers have also become advocates for change, fighting for their human rights and those of their families. Through grassroots community-based organizations, The Grandmothers Campaign supports them every step of the way.

As many grandchildren grow older, some are joining with other youth to become leaders in programs to support young people living with HIV & AIDS. In 2017, teenage girls were the largest group to become infected.

Canadian grandmothers have pledged not to rest until their African sisters can rest!

The Stephen Lewis Foundation tells us that “as COVID-19 spreads across sub-Saharan Africa, the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s community-based partners are best placed to protect and support the most vulnerable populations. People affected by HIV and AIDS are particularly at risk, and must not disproportionately suffer the impacts of COVID-19”. To learn more, please click here.


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 Upcoming Meetings  

Our meetings are presently being held via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please Contact Us for details. If you are uncomfortable using Zoom, tutorials are available upon request.

Upcoming Dates

— 2021 —

Annual General Meeting – Monday March 22 at 1:00 PM

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Virtual Stride to Turn the Tide

May 1-June 30, 2021

Join us as we commemorate one of the largest fundraising projects undertaken by the Glacier Grannies in our entire history. The “Turning the Tide….one ripple at a time”

Sisters by Maria Box

Textile Art Exhibition featured 52 unique art pieces created by Glacier Grannies members and guest artists. Each piece told a story designed to raise awareness about the AIDS pandemic and the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in Sub-Saharan Africa. Between April 2010 to March 2011, the exhibition toured from the Comox Valley to Winnipeg, Manitoba. click here for full details.

Crafts, Face Masks

and Eco Wraps

 Craft Fairs 

Craft fairs have been cancelled this year, but we are still selling a number of our popular craft items. They can be viewed on the crafts page and ordered through the Contact Us form,or viewed and ordered through our Facebook page. Our popular AIDS angels can be purchased at the local stores listed on the crafts page. Felted pieces are available by special order.

 Face Masks and Eco Wraps 

We are making and selling colourful 100% cotton masks in a variety of styles and sizes, including children’s sizes, for a suggested donation of $15.

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We are also selling our popular beeswax-coated eco wraps. An elegantly-wrapped pack of three costs $20 and contains a 13”, a 10” and a 7” square.

These provide an excellent way to cut down on plastic, while keeping food fresh.

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Please use the Contact Us link for information on choosing and purchasing masks and eco wraps.

“We are the backbones of our communities. We form the core of community-based care. With our love and commitment we protect and nurture our orphan grandchildren. Africa cannot survive without us.”  -  African Grandmothers in the 2010 Manzini Statement