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Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa

Public Talk with Q&A

Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Unitarian Church
949 West 49th


By the time the AIDS pandemic in Africa had reached its height in the early 2000s, millions of children had been orphaned. In the face of overwhelming loss, the grandmothers of Africa stepped in to hold families and communities together.

Now for the first time, the story of these indomitable women has been documented in a new book, entitled Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa. Author Joanna Henry and photographer Alexis MacDonald visited eight African countries, interviewing and photographing hundreds of grandmothers (including Sarah Obama, Barack Obama’s grandmother).

Join us as this inspiring launch of Powered by Love, moderated by CBC's Kathryn Gretsinger, with guest speakers from Africa and from the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Kathryn Gretsinger is a journalist and senior instructor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism with 30 years of work with the CBC. Guest speakers from Africa will include Eunice Mangwane, Waziko Margret, Mariam Mulindwa, and Justine Ojambo and from the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Sarah Dopp and Alexis MacDonald.

This event is hosted by Greater Van GoGos. Books will be available at this event courtesy of Banyen Books. All royalties from sales of Powered by Love will be directed to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support organizations run by and for African grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS.