GRANDMOTHERS - AFRICA'S UNSUNG HEROES
25.6 million people in Africa are living with HIV/AIDS (WHO 2021)
2 million die every year, 60% of these were women in the prime of their lives.
Tens of millions of children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, including 14.8 million under the age of 18.
In sub-Saharan Africa, women and girls accounted for 63% of all new HIV infections in 2021 (UNAIDS 2021)
HIV/AIDS continues to take the lives of men and women, aged 18 to 49 in Africa, resulting in a continent of orphans. Amidst the devastation, grandmothers bury their own children and are the only ones left to raise their grandchildren, often 10 or more. Frequently sick and isolated, the grandmothers must work to support themselves and their orphaned grandchildren. African grandmothers are labouring to hold children and communities together.
We can help make a difference to the lives of these children. Kingston Grandmother Connection raises funds to provide African grandmothers and orphans in need with basic needs such as adequate food, heating oil for their shelter, school fees and uniforms, but also with programs to support their medical and mental health needs.