It’s back! Every year, our handcrafters turn their talents and love to something new and surprising. This year is no exception.
Click SNEAK PEEK to browse. Please be aware that items are one-of-a-kind, so if something catches your eye, come early or be prepared to take an equally wonderful alternative.
We have you covered, this we know, from Baby Lily to Uncle Joe,
Their heads and shoulders, knees and toes, for summertime or when it snows.
We have a lot of things you’ve missed for table tops and Christmas lists,
For Fred the Dog or Kitty Bliss. We’ll help you out – we promise this.
Each week or so before the sale, we’ll post some shots and spin some tales.
See samples of our lovely things and get ready for a shopping fling.
This year the Peek will look a bit different but will be stuffed with great teasers. Click on each picture to open the full post and be sure to go to the bottom of the Sneak Peek page to search for your favourite product categories as the weeks progress.
Share the link with your friends and family and download and print these handy purse-sized posters to give to everyone you meet.
WHERE HAVE OUR TEARS GONE?
I was very pleased to be able to attend the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Southern Alberta Grandmothers’ Gathering in Red Deer. As you will read in the E-news, the GrammaLink-Africa group there put on a great programme which was educational, challenging and entertaining. Many thanks to our own Marilyn Simmons and Carla Lorfing who, as the regional liaisons, did much to help make this event such a success. As always, I came away with a renewed sense of our mission to support our African Grandmother sisters and partners and with renewed energy to get on with our work.
A real treat for me was to get together with Ida Nambeya Mukuka who comes from Zambia. I spent four wonderful years in the early 70s teaching in Livingstone, Zambia and always welcome the opportunity to talk with folk from that beautiful country. Since my time there, the scourge of HIV/AIDS has hit the country hard and changed communities and the country in many ways.
Ida works tirelessly for SLF as a field worker. She introduces herself as “a proud HIV-positive African woman” and as such, speaks powerfully and movingly about the situation in sub-Saharan Africa. “Where have they taken our tears?” she asked us. “In the past, we cried for many things, not for ourselves but for our communities and for ugly things like stigma, isolation, and abandonment. I won’t cry now because I’m proud of what we have done with you. You have helped us wipe away those tears”. A worry she has is that when visiting Grandmother groups in Canada, she is increasingly hearing that after ten years, members are getting tired. “Please remember your agreement that ‘we will not rest till they can rest’ ”. “Who told you you could retire?”, she joked. Ida ended by telling us that even though we are separated by water or have never stepped in Africa, “ You believe in us and I know you still believe”. The simple message she relayed to us from a group in Kenya is, “Tell them to keep doing what they are doing”.
Ida is certainly asking a lot from us and the truth is that, of course, we are ageing, sometimes getting tired or are physically unable to keep doing what we are doing as much as we want to. Our desire and passion to help Ida and her African sisters is as strong as ever and now we need to find ways that enable us to keep up the support. How do we ensure that Ujamaa continues into our second decade as the vibrant, creative and productive group that we are? There is a need to attract younger women with new ideas and energy. How to do this is something it would be good for us to think about so let’s start the conversation.
Grandmothers across the country are gearing up for a busy Fall around the book launches for Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa.
Many groups are organizing special events to include the launch as well as having their regular ones. This is an exiting time and busy one for all Grandmothers groups. Be sure to save the date for Ujamaa’s book launch: October 14th.
The Year in Review Annual Report is being sent to the leads of all Grandmothers groups and will also be available online. This gives us the bigger picture of the successes of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and could answer your questions about the entire Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
We would encourage you to sign up on the Grandmothers website in order to receive the Granny Bulletin andGrassroots. Each of these publications keeps us up to date and more knowledgeable about what is happening for both African and Canadian Grandmothers – as well as our UK and Australian sisters.