In February of 2018, your donated Aeroplan Miles made an important contribution to an historic event – the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering! More than 200 determined and jubilant Tanzanian grandmothers from across the country gathered in Arusha to hammer out an agenda for change.
They came together to share their experiences and expertise – and to address the challenges, heartaches and successes they have had in raising their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. Grandmothers are invaluable allies in the fight against AIDS. They are demanding a seat at the table where decisions and policies are being made that affect them, and the multitude of children in their care.
The Tanzanian Grandmothers were meeting for the first time, with a powerful momentum built on solidarity and a shared purpose – to have their voices and expertise heard by those who have the power to support them. With their grassroots organizations, they ran workshops on issues arising from the impact of the AIDS pandemic – ranging from raising children living with HIV, to inheritance rights and access to health care for older women.
A spirited Celebratory Walk ended the Gathering, when the grandmothers took to the streets, accompanied by grandmother solidarity delegates from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign (with members from Canada, Australia, the UK and the USA), and representatives from the organizing committees of the Uganda Grandmothers Gathering and the South Africa Grandmothers Gathering.
The excitement was palpable – a regional groundswell of African grandmothers claiming their human rights is underway! Your donated Aeroplan Miles help make it possible for women leaders to come together, and map a way forward based on their experience, knowledge, needs and goals.