In April 2017 UJAMAA GRANDMAS presented a symbolic cheque for $1,000,000 to the Foundation.

UJAMAA GRANDMAS is a group of over 500 Calgary women that is part of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, working to address the consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic upon families and communities in sub-Saharan Africa. As such, we are committed to the Campaign’s three goals:  raise awareness, build solidarity, and mobilize funds for community-based organizations that support African grandmothers and the children in their care.

Millions of African children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and now live in grandmother-headed households. The grassroots organizations funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation provide them with supports that include food, educational supplies, uniforms and school fees, medical care, HIV counselling and testing, adequate housing and bedding, counselling and support groups, home visits, and much more.

Since 2004, UJAMAA GRANDMAS has  raised over one million dollars in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, through a variety of activities, both handcrafts-related and other. Please see our HISTORY page for more details on our development, and browse the rest of the website for information on our activities and opportunities for involvement.


UJAMAA GRANDMAS is an enduring and nurturing community that works to transform the lives of African grandmothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS.


To raise funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, using the skills and talents of a vibrant volunteer community.


We are successful because we are a group of women from all parts of the city with a wide variety of interests. We enjoy getting together. We like the work that we do and feel that there is a sense of purpose as well as a sense of fun. We feel that we are helping the broader community of African Grandmothers at the same time that we are helping other people here in the city. Through our efforts to raise money for the Stephen Lewis foundation we are also supporting each other. We are committed to the values of respect, patience, open-mindedness, compassion and kindness.

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