May 14, 2010

Unsung Heroes

Swaziland just hosted the first ever African Grandmothers’ Gathering. The purpose of this event was to bring attention to an oft-neglected victim of the HIV/AIDS scourge – grandmothers. Grandparents have always played an important role in the African family – providing knowledge and bridging generations. And now as this disease claims the lives of their adult children, their role is changing; they often become the head of a household caring for their orphaned grandchildren. 

They have no safety nets such as social security to help with neither living expenses nor do they have support to help themselves and their grandchildren deal with the grief associated losing the parent and child. It’s a formidable challenge, and it’s time we started paying attention.

Take a minute to read the Manzini Statement from this event.  

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