African children for the cause


African grandmothers...
            form the core of community care

 © Lucy Steinitz/SLF
“We, the grandmothers of Africa, speak to you now as guardians of the future.
We will not let the AIDS pandemic defeat us nor destroy our communities
…Africa cannot survive without us.”

Excerpt from the Grandmothers Call to Action, African Grandmothers Tribunal, September 7, 2013

Thinking Globally and Acting Locally to Help Turn the Tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa

Funds have supported Grandmothers by providing:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Home visits and medical care
  • Adequate housing and bedding
  • School fees and uniforms for orphans
  • Coffins to allow for the dignified burial of a loved one
  • Parenting and business skills workshops
  • Micro-credit grants
  • Counselling and support groups

Did you Know?

In 2013, of the 25 million people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50% were women and fewer than seven million of them are in treatment.
More than two-thirds (68%) of all people infected with HIV and more than three-quarters (76%) of all AIDS-related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
Young women aged 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa are between two and six times more likely to be HIV-positive than men in the same age bracket.
There 15 to 16 million children orphaned by AIDS.
In several countries, the grandmothers, many of who are themselves HIV-positive, look after 40-60% of the orphans.
70-80% of all those who are ill or dying of AIDS are cared for by older parents.
Since the first AIDS diagnosis more than 30 million people have died.
Without antiviral treatment, most HIV infected children die before their fifth birthday.
There were 2.5 million new infections in 2013 of which 330,000 were children.