Granny Power in Africa and Canada
By Jon Sievert
At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service, activist Peggy Edwards discusses how older women in Africa and Canada are working in solidarity to turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in Africa and enable grandmothers there to raise millions of young people orphaned by the pandemic.
With Peggy Edwards
“Granny Power in Africa and Canada”
Sun, Feb 7, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
African grandmothers are central to the life of their communities. With almost no support, they have stepped forward to care for millions of orphaned children, sometimes as many as ten to fifteen in one household. They display astonishing reserves of love, courage, and emotional resilience, even while grieving the loss of their own adult children.
Canadians have raised more than US$19.5 million for African grandmothers through the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Resources from the campaign are funneled through the Stephen Lewis Foundation and invested directly at the community level. More than 240 Canadian Grandmothers to Grandmothers grassroots organizations provide their African counterparts and the children in their care with support that includes food, educational supplies, uniforms and school fees, medical care, HIV counseling and testing, adequate housing and bedding, micro-credit grants, counseling and support groups, home visits, and much more.
Peggy Edwards is a founder and a passionate spokesperson for the Grandmothers Advocacy Network, which provides a collective voice on political and human rights issues for grandmothers in Africa and the children in their care. Peggy is a well-known health promotion consultant in Canada and internationally for her work with the World Health Organization. She believes that when the grandmothers speak, the earth can be healed. Special music for the service will be provided by singer/guitarist Carol Miller.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterward. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.uufsma.org.