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Grandmothers Beyond Borders (GBB) is saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Janine Arsenau, after a long illness. Janine was a co-founder of GBB, a non-profit organization started in the last 16 years, and a lifelong member of the GBB Board of Directors until she formally retired last year.

Janine was vigilant supporter of and passionate about the grandmothers of Uganda, dedicated to calling attention to the challenges they face in the villages of rural Uganda and the need to support community-based initiatives to help improve their lives. 

Advocacy was part of who she was and there seemed to be no limits. Her vision, her energy, and her compassion will be missed.

The GBB Board joins past Board members, past and current volunteers, friends, and the Grandmothers Communities in Uganda, to thank Janine and her family, for her generous heart, and sustaining services. 

— Yvonne Ssempijja, Chairperson GBB Board

In honor of our grandmothers of Uganda who persevere to provide for their families and better their communities.

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