Grandmothers Holding Hands

Photo by Peter Bregg

The Grand River Grannies


We raise awareness and generate funds to support Grandmothers,

the unsung heroes of Africa,

through donations to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

When the AIDS pandemic swept across the continent of Africa, it took the lives of nearly an entire generation – 35 million perished – which left their children alone and vulnerable.

In the face of discrimination based on sex, age, and HIV status, the courageous grandmothers have become advocates for their families and communities.

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a global sisterhood that supports the dignified, determined and strong African grandmothers who are raising a generation of grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. The campaign was launched in 2006 in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers.

Formed in 2009, the Grand River Grannies is a collective of grandmothers and grandothers who are proud to be a part of this initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The Grannies raise funds at the community level to enhance programmes run by resilient grandmothers and the community-based organizations who support them in Africa.

"We will not rest until they can rest."

(Toronto Statement, 2006)