The Grandmothers mothers Campaign is an initiative of theStephen Lewis Foundation

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 $600,000 dollars for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Learn more about us here.

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 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 they grow in self-confidence, they have become pivotal members of their communities, participating in income-generating programs and leading the fight against HIV and 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 and 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.

Upcoming Meetings

Glacier Grannies meetings are a time for the entire membership to get together to celebrate successes, plan upcoming projects, learn about the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, and enjoy friendship and refreshments.

Scheduled Meeting Dates for 2023

Meeting times are 1:30 PM at the Comox United Church

250 Beach Drive

Monday, September 25

Monday, November 27

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“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