The Comox Valley Glacier Grannies
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 and AIDS. Since then, the Glacier Grannies have raised over $450,000 for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Learn more about our group here.
We raise money through special events, and by creating and selling a wide variety of crafts.
The Grandmothers of Sub-Saharan Africa are a resilient and heroic group of women. After caring for their own children as they die in the HIV and 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 pivotal members of their communities, they participate in income-generating programs, and teach others about HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Through grassroots community-based organizations, The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign supports them in their endeavours. As the grandmothers grow in self-confidence they have also become advocates for change, and for the human rights of themselves and their families.
Canadian grandmothers have pledged not to rest until their African sisters can rest!
Learn more about the Grandmothers Campaign and the Stephen Lewis Foundation here.
- Stephen Lewis Foundation
- Grandmothers Campaign
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