REFLECTIONS – What incredible experiences I have had over the last nine months since joining Ujamaa Grandmas.
I would like to touch on some of the highlights:
In March, we had our AGM and Tenth Anniversary Tea where we presented the Stephen Lewis Foundation with a cheque for one million dollars!
In April, we had our Fabric and Yarn Sale which was a huge success (and my first time at this event). I was impressed by how organized it was and how hard our Ujamaa Grandmas and others worked together.
In May, we had a special gathering where we had Eunice Mangwane from South Africa who regaled us with her stories of how she became involved with the AIDS epidemic in her country; she was a great storyteller and very interesting to listen to.
In June, several of the Ujamaa Grandmas volunteered to distribute robes at the SAIT Spring Convocation; we made over two thousand dollars for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This was quite a physical endeavor but as usual, everyone involved pulled together and did a great job!
In July, we had a “Knit in Public Day” hosted by Stash Lounge. Even thought the weather didn’t cooperate, we had some drop-in visitors and handed out many Knit Me Bags. What a dedicated group of Grandmas!
In September, we had our Alberta Grandmothers Provincial Gathering in Red Deer. There were several workshops, one being “Traumatized Women”. Ida Nambeya Mukuka from the Stephen Lewis Foundation participated in this and was also the keynote speaker.
In October, we held a book launch for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Powered by Love. In attendance were the author, Joanna Henry; Evelyne Bakenyaga and Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi (both from Reach One Touch One Ministries in Uganda); Ida Nambeya Mukuka (Senior Advisor to the Grandmothers Campaign); and Megan Karges (Grandmothers Campaign Officer).
The Bags, Babies and Beyond Sale was held at Marda Loop Communities Association on October 20th and 21st. These crafts are always great to see, made by our very talented Grandmas!
I want to say again how much I love being part of Ujamaa Grandmas! In only eight months, we have managed to have an event almost every month; the effort and organization put forth by our members continue to amaze and inspire me!