On Saturday, April 9 from 11 am to 2 pm, the Slocan Valley Grassroots Grammas will create a Springtime Bakery and Boutique on the verandah of the Slocan Park Hall. There is a big reason for this sale of pies, loaves, cookies, brownies, scarves and jewelry. All proceeds, as always, will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign through which we are able to help continue the vital work of community-based organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

You might wonder about the double challenge of COVID-19 and HIV & AIDS. Two years of lockdowns have had immediate and dangerous impacts on incomes, education, and security as well as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) prevention and treatment. The SLF’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign has partners, local women’s groups, that are a lifeline for those at greatest risk. Equipped with flexible emergency funds, they have adapted their frontline work.

Specifically, fundraising efforts like our Spring Sale helps in Uganda where the St. Francis Health Care Services is currently supporting hundreds of primary students returning to school after a two-year shutdown during which rural children in some places had absolutely no access to education. In Nairobi, Kenya, the Isttar’s Wellness Centre provides a safe place, food, HIV testing and counselling for LGBTIQ clients when home is not a safe place to go. In South Africa, Blue Roof Life Space services for youth offers lifesaving teaching about sexual and reproductive health plus HIV testing and treatment that had to be moved from door to door to online delivery. 

Building on the overwhelming success of the December sale, Grassroots Grammas hope to welcome you on the verandah to visit and tempt you with delicious baking and more on April 9. Linda is happy to provide more information at 250-226-7304.

Slocan Valley Grassroots Grammas