Philanthropy is a form of doing. Giving your resources, your time, your concern, your money, your voice is an act that says: I stand with you. I believe in your practical and your intellectual capacity to remake the world. And it’s maybe even a way of saying: I love you.
*Jessica Horn, Director of Programmes, African Women’s Development Fund and former Senior Advisor, African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls with HIV and AIDS (AIR).
This is the essence, in my mind, of what Ujamaa Grandmas members do.
We’re highlighting the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) this month. I know many of you receive mailings from SLF and the Granny Bulletins which keep us updated. Please read Marilyn Simmons’ and Alison Longson’s (our co-liaisons for SLF) article further on. You can learn about SLF Conference calls the 3rd Monday, and possibly the 3rd Thursday, of each month. There are many ways we can be informed about the marvellous work being accomplished by the SLF and the Grandmothers groups. I will have copies of the SLF Annual Report for 2018 and the moving book, “Powered by Love”, available at our gatherings if you would like to borrow them. Also, we are delighted that Idah Nambeya Mukuka, Senior Advisor to the SLF Grandmothers Campaign is once again visiting Calgary and that we’ll have a chance to learn more from her. She was last here for the book launch of “Powered by Love” and is a vibrant and informative speaker.
The March Granny Bulletin again provided us with more insight and encouragement. For those who have not read this issue, please do so. You can visit the website of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign at grandmotherscampaign.org
In this issue, the evolution of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s African Grandmothers movement since 2006 is so evident. I remember Ujamaa Grandmas’ initial goal was to send funds to SLF for our African sisters for essentials such as housing, food, clothing, and school supplies to support their orphaned grandchildren. The three Grandmother Gatherings held in Uganda (2015), South Africa (2016), and last year in Tanzania have provided platforms for the grandmothers to enhance the awareness of gender inequality with each of their country’s governments as well as to promote their human rights. Grandmothers are being trained for leadership and advocacy roles; they have started revenue-generating projects with the help of SLF and they are becoming involved in local and national politics! They will definitely continue to benefit from the SLF’s – and our – support!
Ujamaa Grandmas has certainly evolved. Our Annual Reports from various Board members and Committee Chairs will be available in preparation for our Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday, May 5th in the afternoon at Christ Church. Plan to attend to learn about the year’s events, how we’re adapting to the much larger group of members we have, and how successful we continue to be. Eveline Goodall, one of our members, will be our guest speaker and will speak on two African organizations with which she is involved. Meet our new Board members and those of us who are ongoing members. More details to follow.
The Fabric and Yarn Sale preparations are in full swing. Online registration for volunteers on April 24th to 27th is now available. This is such an amazing event with hundreds of us working together. Join us! There will always be someone to guide you in whichever area you chose to help.
See you there!