Each year in January, CFUW Brampton is pleased to partner with the Brampton Library to host a notable Canadian author for an evening meeting which is open to the public. Authors we have hosted include Terry Fallis, Maureen Jennings, Catherine Gildiner, Camilla Gibb, and Stuart McLean.
Author of "Powered by Love"
Monday, January 15, at 7:00 p.m
Chinguacousy Branch of the Brampton Library,
150 Central Park Drive, Brampton
Co-Sponsored with Brampton Public Library
CFUW Brampton is proud to co-sponsor an author night annually with the Brampton Library. Come and meet Joanna Henry . . . author of "Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End Aids in Africa".
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. Author Joanna Henry and photographer Alexis MacDonald visited eight African countries, interviewing and photographing hundreds of grandmothers (including Sarah Obama, Barack Obama's grandmother) who are reclaiming hope and resurrecting lives. The extraordinary images and stories of resourceful women fighting for a better future make Powered by Love an inspiration for everyone.
Writes journalist-social activist Michele Landsberg, "We thought we knew what was happening in Africa when the AIDS pandemic raged across the continent, sweeping away 35 million lives. But we never knew it the way this book reveals it, in the shockingly intimate voices of the grandmothers who had to save the abandoned children when no one else was left alive. These voices will leap straight into your heart. Their unguarded faces, in portraits that glow with character, pain and humour, will captivate you."
In 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched a campaign to engage Canadian grandmothers to support their African sisters. The Grandmothers Campaign, now a movement 10,000 strong, has raised over $25 million that has gone directly into the hands of African grandmothers and their grassroots organizations. Powered by Love joins this campaign by telling the story of these indomitable women and by directing all royalties from the sale of the book to African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS.