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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

International Grandmothers Gathering


Margaret Kayombo is a member of a group that advocates for grandmothers’ rights in Western Uganda. Since joining ROTOM, the community-led organization that supports the group, she has been an enthusiastic and engaged contributor. She is active in community exchange visits, raising awareness and collaborating with other grandmothers across Uganda, and takes part in grandmothers gatherings, including the  recent International Grandmothers Gathering in Kampala. 

For many grandmothers in her community, Margaret and her peers are part of a vital lifeline, having built a community of mutual care to fend off isolation and loneliness. 

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More stories from Africa are HERE


Upcoming events


Interesting article in the New York Times as South Africa marks 30 years since apartheid was toppled.

Has South Africa Truly Defeated Apartheid?

African Dinner April 20, 2024

photos Jane Player

What a night we had! 

Dinner guests filled the Da Vinci Centre with laughter and animated conversation; they began by opening Surprise Bags organized by Rose Mary Ormerod and ended by bidding in a live and very lively auction led by auctioneer Daniel Scott.  In between, chef Castro outdid himself with a delicious and varied African buffet.  The hard work of a large organizing team, led by Jean McDonald and Meg Harrigan Lee, was evident throughout.  A highlight was the Commemorative 20th Anniversary Quilt in its first appearance on Vancouver Island.

Dr. Kelly MacDonald brought personal and heartfelt stories of her work in the field of  AIDS research, mentioning particularly the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the community-led organizations it works with in Africa. She concluded with these words:

Grandmothers, you can all be proud that the SLF’s community-led partners are turning the tide of HIV and AIDS by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, LGBTIQ individuals, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS using science-based approaches.

(Members, check out all of Jane's photos of the quilt and the night on the Member Only page)



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 a Grandmothers Campaign video featuring several members of VG4A, including Jane Player making a cocktail.

   Of Course Video

OF COURSE we can do whatever we put our minds to!!!

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

Ask for help  from VG4A mentors 

Ask for help from Connected Canadians

Digital Skills Workshops  

Brush up your digital skills. One legacy of the Digital Skills Project is that VG4A now has a team of mentors ready to share skills with the group. To help this happen, we have organized a year-long series of digital skills workshops. One member will begin by sharing her knowledge of the topic, dealing with questions as she goes, then others will be invited to share their knowledge or tips with the group. We have a lot of knowledge between us―it's time to share it around.

Sign up for the workshops through EVENTS.


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

Territorial Acknowledgement

Reconciliation Stories

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