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Dear Friends of Grandmothers Beyond Borders

During one of our visits to Uganda many years ago, a grandchild came out to greet us, to welcome us, and to tell us how important each grandmother is.

The words he used touched our hearts: “Grandmothers are the backbone of Uganda.”

He also said, “Every grandmother is a library. Whenever a grandmother dies, we lose a library.”

Those words have special meaning to us now, as we mourn the loss of Matilda, one of our founding Ugandan grannies. Matilda was a robust, energetic, passionate grassroots leader. A woman who was a force of nature, filled with hope and optimism, and a dedication to building community through shared gardening, craft-making, and income-generating projects. She had a strong will and a strong spirit, and was willing to try new ventures that would benefit her family and her community.

When Matilda was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, it was clear she would face that with as much courage and determination as she could muster. Unfortunately, her illness was one of the few obstacles she could not overcome.

Matilda was a remarkable role model for others in the GBB associations, and her death leaves a deep void. We have lost a wise and knowledgeable guide — a library, a friend, a leader — and so much more.

Please join us in extending condolences to her family and her community.

Our Mission

Grandmothers Beyond Borders helps to lift the burden of HIV/AIDS in Uganda, Africa by funding grass roots community based projects that provide support and care to grandmothers raising their grandchildren because their own children have died from AIDS.
“How will we ever explain what we have wrought? What a universe this is. We came out of the Holocaust asking ourselves how we could ever live with the recognition that much of the world knew what was in those trains rumbling down the tracks to Auschwitz. We came out of Rwanda asking ourselves how it was possible that the world was inert in the face of a hideous genocide that everyone knew was taking place. It is my contention that years from now, historians will ask how it was possible that the world allowed AIDS to throttle and eviscerate a continent, and overwhelmingly the women of that continent, and watch the tragedy unfold, in real time, while we toyed with the game of reform.”-Stephen Lewis
Co-Director, AIDS-Free World