Our chosen name is Burlington Ubuntu Grandwomen. We are a group of women of all ages concerned about the plight of the grandmothers in Sub-Saharan Africa who are victims of HIV/AIDS. Moved to action by Stephen Lewis’s “Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign,” we are committed to increasing awareness, building solidarity and raising funds. To be inclusive of all women not just those who are grandmothers, we are called Grandwomen. The name Ubuntu is an African word that means our humanity is interconnected. For more information about the meaning of this word click here.
This non-profit group is registered with the Stephen Lewis Foundation so that all donations go directly to the Foundation which issues income tax receipts.
“It’s time to support our organizations fully, and put systems in place to address our needs and the needs of the children in our care,” grandmothers told the Tribunal and hundreds of AIDS activists who gathered in Vancouver in early September. “It’s time to recognize our contribution to the survival of our communities, and the expertise we have developed to do so, by giving us our rightful place and voice wherever decisions are being made. We will not let the AIDS pandemic defeat us, nor destroy our communities, but we cannot prevail alone.”