African grandmother with White grandmother

Kelowna Grandmothers 
Group

African grandmothers...
       form the protective embrace for
           the orphans of the continent

 © Peter Bregg/SLF
We support African grandmothers in communities affected by the AIDS pandemic. These women carry unimaginable responsibility for the daily necessities of vulnerable children in their care. By increasing awareness and raising funds, we help them to nurture and raise a healthy, self-sufficient next generation.

Kelowna Grandmothers for Africa Mission Statement

Beginnings
 
In October 2008 a group of Kelowna women attended a women’s retreat on the theme ‘Peace and Justice for All’ led by Sandi Evans. At the end of the event Sandi challenged each woman to take on a specific action that would help bring justice in our world. Norma Laing, aware of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign through her sister in Sherwood Park, chose to form the Kelowna group of Grandmothers to Grandmothers as her action. The first meeting of the Kelowna Grandmothers for Africa was held on April 25, 2009 with about 25-30 women present.
 
During the first five years a core group of 15 women organized numerous projects to raise awareness and money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and contributed over $15,000 to the Foundation. Since 2014 the group has been rejuvenated through the ‘Stride to Turn the Tide’ walk held that year. Thanks in large part to the energy and enthusiasm of Cheryl Fraser who organized the walk, the June 2014 Stride fund-raising event helped in almost doubling the previous five years’ total. Since then, the hard-working and dedicated group have raised money and awareness throughthe showing of the 2013 Tribunal film at both Okanagan College and UBCO, several members doing radio interviews or writing articles for the local papers and participation in a nation-wide flash mob. The biggest undertaking was the "Discover Africa' s Culture & Cuisine" dinners put on with the partnerships of the Sunshine Rotary Club and the Okanagan Chefs Association along with Okanagan College's  Junior Chefs and their mentors.  Also a big undertaking was "Art in the Attic", a fundraiser to sell donated paintings.

With many new members continually joining the group, our  passion to help African grandmothers and orphans in their care continues to grow.
 
We will not rest until African grandmothers can rest.