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Victoria Grandmothers for Africa

We raise funds and awareness for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We're proud to have raised over $2 million since 2006.

Through the Grandmothers Campaign, we partner with community-led organizations in Africa where grandmothers care for grandchildren whose parents died as a result of the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

See how we work HERE

Find out how to join HERE 

Structure and Policies

WHO OUR PARTNERS ARE


In  2023, its 20th year, the Stephen Lewis Foundation raised $9.3 million in support of 119 organizations working in 15 countries. In 2023, in VG4A’s 17th year, we raised $141,526. Together we have improved a lot of lives.

Have you had a chance to see the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Solidarity Quilt yet? It is a truly collaborative creation, illustrating our collaborative partnerships both at home and with community-led organizations (CLOs) in Africa. A quilt committee of Canadian grandmothers, with input from African grandmothers, met virtually to develop the quilt's design. Pieces of the quilt came from more than 300 grandmothers, including some from 12 partners in Africa. Throughout the year, 25 groups came together to sew the quilt in a cross-Canada quilting bee! The finished version will be here in Victoria on April 20th, at our African Dinner.

To read more: continue here.

More stories from Africa are HERE

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Upcoming events

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Fast Fashion


We had an excellent talk about the complexities of the global garment industry from Dr. Marlea Clarke (U Vic) on February 1. (PCs: Jane Player)

Here are some websites recommended by Dr. Clarke if you are interested in shopping more ethically:

Good on you: https://goodonyou.eco/

https://fashionchecker.org/

https://cleanclothes.org/

https://www.hrw.org/

https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/

From the Guardian:  Hidden Plastics in Clothes - Guardian Feb 12 2024.docx


This is the year of saying YES!

For instance, these brave souls said YES to a cold water dip on the first of the month.


Julie Holder says:  "So February 1 was St Brigid’s Day or Imbolc. This description sounds appropriate for our February plunge:  

The spiritual meaning of Imbolc is transformations, purification, fresh beginnings, and celebrating the return of the light.

During Imbolc, we stand at the edge of winter and feel the balance between darkness and the slow, gentle return of light. It’s a time to appreciate the small victories in life and the idea that, even in the quietest moments of winter, there’s a promise of renewal and the cycle of new beginnings.After months of self-reflection, planning, and goal setting, your ambitions are beginning to stir. The tiniest bits of enthusiasm are awakening beneath the surface. Goals and dreams that you’ve created over the dark cold nights are now being lit by the flames of Midwinter. Let your creativity and imagination help manifest these dreams!


On Instagram and TikTok people are sharing videos of themselves breaking stereotypes. So we're joining in, posting videos of us saying, "I'm a grandmother, OF COURSE I can ....."  Here's one from VG4A

OF COURSE we do whatever we want!!!

INTERNATIONAL GRANDMOTHERS GATHERING


Christine J. Donna, Sandra, Laurie, Joyce, Jocelyn, Orleen, Lisbie, Dale, Bonnie, Elizabeth S.


Read the full International Grandmothers Gathering Statement here

Eleven of our members, photographed above, (and at least 7 on Zoom) participated in the International Grandmothers Gathering October 24th – 26th in Winnipeg. We had the largest contingent from anywhere in the country and our representatives did us proud. At the same time there were parallel gatherings going on in 10 different sub-Saharan African countries. They reported to the Winnipeg gathering via Zoom; their energy, excitement and determination were palpable. In every gathering in Africa there were policy makers present and a clear focus on making lasting change at the government level. Demands included increased pensions for grandmother caregivers and the reversal of outdated gender inequalities surrounding ownership, particularly of land. It was very encouraging to see and hear example after example of grandmothers in Africa who are empowered and determined to affect policy changes. They will not rest until AIDS is gone from Africa and the most harmful inequalities are resolved. And we will not rest until they rest! There was a collective feeling in all of the gatherings of pride in achieving something important in such a collaborative way, gratitude for our partnerships, and a passionate commitment to continue. This initiative has made a difference in so many lives. 

 Laurie Wilson, Coordinator


Meg French's Keynote address   Welcoming Words from Vicki Strang   Closing speech by Robin Scobie   Strategic Fundraising notes

Idah's 20 years slideshow  20th Anniversary Quilt story   Dawn of the Movement   11 Simultaneous Gatherings slideshow



Members can check out the TECH TIPS or ask for TECH HELP on our Members Only page by signing in to the website.

 Ask Connected Canadians for 1:1 help

                   "Recognizing Fake News" sites 

 Fred May's CC Phishing Reporting Sites


Digital Skills Project  

Victoria Grandmothers received a grant of $24,539 from the New Horizons for Seniors Program to improve the digital skills of our members and community.  It's a HUGE investment that we're very grateful for; we're eager to involve as many members as possible in the different parts of the project.  Connected Canadians, a non-profit that specializes in improving the digital skills of seniors, will deliver our program.  Find out how you can benefit.


Workshops           Devices       

Mentors                      Equipment 

       

VG4A actively seeks ways to learn, reconcile and connect with local     First Nations. Here is our

Territorial Acknowledgement




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