The Grandmother Movement - Africa
ETHIOPIAAgohelma is Abebech Gobena children’s care and development organization. Abebech Gobena has been called “The Mother Teresa of Africa.” She took so many orphans into her home during the Ethiopian famine of the 1980’s that her husband divorced her. This heroic 75-year-old woman runs orphanages, schools and health centers that have cared for 12,000 Christian and Muslim children.
Vakhegula Vakhegula. The name means “Grannies Grannies” in the Tsonga language, and their soccer team includes 40 players aged 49-84. Organized in 2005 by Beka Ntsanwisi, they play at a deliberate, purposeful pace with plenty of passion. What started as an exercise program now includes international competitions. They are based in Limpopo Province. Watch them play
Grandmothers and Orphans Support Project. The Orphans Foundation Fund runs this microfinance program for grandmothers caring for AIDS orphans, and has, since 2007. Their goal is to help the grandmothers become financially self-supporting. The Orphan Foundation, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania but has 501c3 status in the United States.
Grandparents Action Support. Started in 2003, this program currently empowers 500 grandparents caring for AIDS orphans under age 8. They work together in groups of 5 or 6 to look after vulnerable children. GAS is run by Action for Children, a Christian NGO headquartered in Kampala that works in nine districts impacted by HIV/AIDS or armed conflict.
*Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project works with 7,000 grandmothers in the districts of Kanungo and Rukingiri who are raising some of the 2.2 million AIDS orphans in Uganda. In 2013, their Project will expand into three new districts. Results are concrete: microfinance funding, pit latrines, kitchens. The Foundation works in partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.