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Diane Thomson , Chair
Ottawa-Gatineau Region Grandmothers Network (O-GRGN) Update
Dear Friends of the Grassroot Grannies
What a Winter we have had! We will truly appreciate Spring this year.
Grassroot Grannies Update
While the flowers and greenery have been sleeping, getting ready for their big show, the Grassroot Grannies have been busy planning our fundraising events for this year.
- In April and May, the grannies will be visiting 2 schools in the Ottawa area to bring awareness to the children about the children in Africa.
- On May 12th, we will be hosting our annual Plant Sale and Marketplace event. It will be held at 65 Knudson Drive, in Kanata from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. It is always a very popular event. If you are in the Ottawa region plan on popping by for some great additions to your garden and possibly a unique Mother's Day gift.
- Our crafters have been busy all winter creating their gems for our various sale events.
- Plans are already in progress for our 9th annual Ride to Turn the Tide, three-day bike ride event.
Now in our 12th year, the Grassroot Grannies are one of 19 grandmothers' groups in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Together we form the Ottawa-Gatineau Regional Grandmothers Network (O-GRGN) currently co-chaired by two wonderful and capable grandmothers Pat Coghlin and Sheila Green.
O-GRGN has a monthly newsletter which brings all the members news from Africa as well as announcements of the many activities being held by grandmothers' groups in the area. Since the inception of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign the O-GRGN member groups have raised almost $2.5 million - amazing!
The Chairs of each granny group meet once or twice a year to discuss ways we can enhance our work for the African grandmothers through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We have been fortunate to have representatives from the SLF attend some of our leaders' meetings and also attend our bi-annual Grannyfest. Amongst the issues we have recently discussed are the sustainability of both the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign and our individual groups as we age and have less energy for some of our fundraising activities. I am happy to report that the SLF feels the Campaign is quite sustainable and our groups are all thinking of new ways to support the cause we so strongly believe in. O-GRGN is an effective conduit and has given some groups the opportunity to work together on fundraising endeavours or to merge smaller groups into one.
There is definitely lots going on in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. A recent book launch by the SLF of the poignant book edited by Michele Landsberg, Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa brought O-GRGN members and the public together to hear stories from Africa and how the SLF is making its mark in empowering African women. This book is available from the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation believes that transparency and accountability are essential. With this in mind, we are proud to be accredited by the Imagine Canada's Standards Program.
Impact Assessment: The Stephen Lewis Foundation's (SLF) Impact Assessment Framework (IAF), developed collaboratively with our community-based partners over a period of two years, has led to documentation and tracking of a critical dimension of their work-one which is pivotal to their success. Organizations have found a way to document and discuss the emotional roadmap to resurrecting resilience in families and communities devastated by the AIDS pandemic. Read more about how they have 'cracked the code" Nothing quite like this has been done before. GRAN has been busy planning its national conference "Hello Friends" to be held in Ottawa, June 4-7th. With Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada, as guest speaker on the opening evening, this promises to be an uplifting and motivating experience. The members of GRAN who visited Uganda with GIVE Canada earlier this year, will also be giving a slideshow about their trip. Through pictures and stories, they will show how grassroot organizations use the money raised by groups such as the Grassroot Grannies. As part of its advocacy to promote access to medicines, GRAN is currently planning an advocacy campaign to urge government action and funding support for more effective TB treatment regimes which it will run alongside a similar campaign being undertaken by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Grandmothers Advocacy Network ( GRAN) Update
With this season, we are very grateful for all we have, for the opportunity to help The African grandmothers and their grandchildren and to have you as our support.