Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. Most of us know that the Stephen Lewis Foundation began supporting African Grandmothers who were caring for their grandchildren who had been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. But much more has happened since then. In the last Granny Bulletin and the Fall issue of Grassroots (stephenlewisfoundation.org), we read about the devastation of climate change including cyclones, flooding and the loss of agricultural land which has impacted our African sister grandmothers immensely. Read how the Stephen Lewis Foundation-funded community-based organizations are making a difference as they “are particularly adept at expanding and adapting their services to support communities through the ongoing effects of climate change”.
Our contributions to the SLF have made such a difference. From 2004 to November 30, 2019, proceeds from our fundraising events and direct donations have enabled us to contribute more than $1,456,445.00 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation! Celebrate how Ujamaa Grandmas has supported our African sister grandmothers for all these years. We, too, are making a difference in the many ways we are involved, and we will continue to do that. Never doubt that!
We will have vacancies to be filled on the 2020-2021 Board; our Nominating Committee has begun recruiting. We have recently reviewed and revised all of the Board job descriptions as well as developed Terms of Reference for our many committees and groups; so now, there is current information if you would like to become involved. Contact Jan Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I wish all our members, your families and our customers a meaningful and healthy holiday season. The Ujamaa Grandmas Board members are looking forward to another exciting year with Ujamaa Grandmas.