LETTERS: Grandmothers helping

The Grandmothers for Africa South Okanagan are Canadian Grandmothers who raise funds for African Grandmothers.

Dec. 1, is World AID’s Day. The Grandmothers for Africa South Okanagan are Canadian Grandmothers who raise funds for African Grandmothers through the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

This foundation works with community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, grandmothers and the orphaned children in their care, and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, it has funded over 1,100 initiatives, partnering with more than 300 community based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

Locally the Grandmothers for Africa have, with your support, raised more than $110,000 for this cause. While the ongoing work is wonderful the job is not done. Recently the Grandmothers for Africa  were able to send more than $2,000 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation from the sale of Kazuri Jewelry and Sock Monkeys at Theo’s Restaurant. In January the Thursday Night Jazz Band have offered their services for a performance on Jan. 22 at the Barking Parrot in the Lakeside Resort. Watch for details of these events and help us turn the tide on this pandemic.

Lynn Popoff and Susan Brown

GFASO