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Maritime Grannies bring their Ethiopian experience to Hudson


PHOTO COURTESY WINNIE KWAK

Left to right wearing green t-shirts are Maritime Grannies Norma Carey, B.J Kirby, and Winnie Kwak on their recent trip to Ethiopia.

Grandmothers from Montreal and the Eastern Townships will join the Hudson Grannies Aid for Africa for a gathering Friday, October 30, at St. Mary’s Hall, 261 Main Road, Hudson. The morning of this all-day event is open to the public and will feature three grandmother’s from the Maritime provinces who will give a presentation on what they learned in Ethiopia while on a trip there with the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF). The morning begins at 9 a.m. with Canadian and Ethiopian coffee, muffins and Ethiopian wheat and honey bread and the presentation begins at 10 a.m. A limited number of tickets at $10 each are available from Gisela Marler at (450) 458-0897, or from Pure Art, 442 Main Road, Hudson.

The afternoon will be for the Grandmothers and they will hear from the program department of the SLF and share their experiences with one another. A Grandmother from the Eastern Townships who recently returned from Uganda will share her experiences.

The Grandmother-to-Grandmother campaign that partners Canadian grandmothers with African grandmothers, will reach its 10th anniversary in 2016 and the regional groups will be discussing how to mark this occasion.

Hudson’s Grandmother’s group began in 2007 and has been actively raising funds and awareness of the situations of people affected by the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Grannies Aid for Africa is part of the Grandmothers-to-Grandmothers movement launched on International Women’s Day in 2006. During the World Aids Conference in August 2006, the SLF organized a gathering of grandmothers from Canada and Africa to share ideas, knowledge, needs, and resources. Out of this meeting, a partnership of Canadian and African grandmothers was created. It provides support for immediate needs such as nutritious food, health care, transportation, home visits, adequate housing and bedding, school fees, uniforms and supplies for orphans.

Longer-term needs are also met such as parenting and business skills, micro-credit grants, bereavement counselling, HIV awareness training, counselling and testing, and grandmother support groups.

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