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smiling creek enterprises ltd. - Townsite of Redwood Meadows

smiling creek enterprises ltd. - Townsite of Redwood Meadows

20 CHATTER IN THE WOODS,

20 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, October 2012

SUSTAINABLE REDWOOD Redwood Meadows Continues its Support of African Grandmothers As part of our mission to educate and raise awareness about global sustainability issues, Sustainable Redwood chooses a new charity each year that is the focus of any fundraising that we do. Currently, we are continuing our support of African grandmothers through the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), to educate and raise awareness of the strife that they – and their grandchildren - experience as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. UJAMAA GRANDMAS is a non-profit society and our local chapter of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the SLF. Here, grandmothers are raised to the status of “unsung heroes,” as they are the individuals left responsible for children – almost 15 million- who have been orphaned by HIV/ AIDS. In many African countries, 40 to 60 percent of these children now live in grandmother-headed households, and these women struggle daily to provide the most basic needs for their grandchildren – sometimes from 10 to 15 in one household, often without access to basic needs such as nutritious food, clean water and shelter. UJAMAA GRANDMAS works to raise funds and awareness for these tens of thousands of African grandmothers through a variety of fundraising tasks, with one being their annual “Bags, Babies and Beyond Sale” (see poster at right for details), where handcrafted bags, purses, scarves, accessories, and children’s wear are lovingly created by volunteers with the use of donated materials. So far this year, Sustainable Redwood has raised almost $500 through events such as a spring Zumbathon and donations for admission to our Ethical Friday Night Film Series. You can continue our community’s support by attending the Bag Sale in October - or any of our film nights in Redwood. You can also go online to their website and see how else you can be involved. The UJAMAA GRAND- MAS are looking to start a new chapter in Bragg Creek/Redwood Meadows, and would love to have you contact them if you are interested in becoming involved in their work. And don’t worry, its not only for “grandmothers.” Grand “others” are welcome and encouraged to get involved! To find out more, go to: The Stephen Lewis Foundation at http:// www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/get-involved/ grandmothers-campaign UJAMAA GRANDMAS at http:// ujamaagrandmas.com/HOME.html or email Sustainable Redwood at sustainableredwood@gmail.com Shana Barbour-Welsh CHATTER IN THE WOODS, October 2012 21

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