More South Africans have HIV/AIDS than in any other country in the world. Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) is run by and for grandmothers. Some are HIV positive; all are raising orphaned grandchildren and many are nursing sick relatives.
Launched in 2001 in Khayelitsha outside Cape Town, the organization offers workshops that teach information about AIDS plus practical skills like vegetable gardening, how to draw up a will, and start a business. Workshop graduates run peer support groups and afterschool daycare sessions for the children. The organization is a grantee of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
If you ask GAPA members how they are doing, they say, “I am strong!” GRANDMOTHER POWER documents their stories.
News About Grandmothers in South Africa
Updates about the grandmother groups in Grandmother Power
Video: GAPA’s mini-documentary introduces the organization and community (you may recognize some women who tell their stories in GRANDMOTHER POWER.
Lullabies: Five GAPA grandmothers recorded a DVD of lullabies that is available for sale. Listen to two of their songs here. For information about the DVD price and shipping, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Behind the Scenes: A sampling of images that are not in the book, including husbands and grandchildren, interpreters, people and scenery that caught Paola’s attention while she was interviewing South African grandmothers for the book.