Grandmothers supporting grandmothers

Nathan Liewicki
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Local group raises money for grandmothers in Africa

“If the world was taking care of women, women would take care of the world.”

Jane Roberts, co-founder of 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, uttered those words.

The Moose Jaw chapter of the Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers is doing their part to take care of women in other parts of the world, specifically in Africa.

For the past half dozen or so years the grandmothers, of which there are 12-15 active members, have been raising funds to help African grandmothers and caregivers who are raising orphaned children as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

They raise charitable dollars under the banner of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which, since 2003, has funded more than 1,100 initiatives and partnered with over 300 community-based organizations in 15 African nations.

“The Stephen Lewis Foundation set up a foundation where they raise money for grandmothers in Africa. (Lewis’) daughter thought grandmothers in Canada would be interested in helping grandmothers in Africa,” said local member Shirley Stockton. “We’re just part of that.”

On May 24, the Moose Jaw grandmothers held a garage sale. Stockton estimated $1,400 from the sale was raised at the event. 

The garage sale was one of two events the local grandmothers hold to raise money in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, 90 per cent of which will reach African children that need the assistance.

Stockton said the group aims to meet the first Monday of the month – in the lower social hall at Rosewood Apartments – and is always looking for new members.

“They can be anybody interested in being part of the cause.”

Organizations: Stephen Lewis Foundation, United Nations Fund for Population Activities

Geographic location: Africa, Moose Jaw, Canada

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