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.