Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa by JoAnna HenryPowered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa by JoAnna Henry

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

byJoAnna Henry, Ilana Landsberg-LewisPhotographed byAlexis MacDonald

Paperback | October 10, 2017

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Winner, 2018 Best Atlantic Published Book Award

A CBC Books Canadian non-fiction bestseller

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.

Whether it was floods in Mozambique or famine in Malawi, Joanna Henry's job as part of a disaster aid team in Africa began to make her feel part of a "colonizing" power, fuelled by and serving the interests of western nations. Searching for a better way, she discovered and joined the "feminist, ethical, founded on equity" work of the S...
Title:Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.8 inPublished:October 10, 2017Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1773100211

ISBN - 13:9781773100210

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Share the Love This powerful book has been several years in the creation and the final product is well worth the time and sensitivity with which it was written. Each story exemplifies the journey of these African grandmothers who have taken over responsibility for caring for their orphaned grandchildren, their challenges, their heartbreaks, their resilience and their courage in not only providing for their grandchildren, but then going on to support one another and become advocates for their human rights. Sandwiched in the middle of the book are the stories of the Canadian grandmothers who have tirelessly raised funds and awareness about the essential need to not only support the grandmother's efforts but also to stem the tide of HIV Aids in Africa. It has been suggested that one should buy a copy of this book, write some comments on stories that particularly moved you, then pass the book on to someone else and invite them to do the same. These stories need to be shared to continue the outreach work that has been taken up by grandmothers in Canada, the U.S., Great Britain and Australia. Share the Love!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powered by Love - a great read! I have been a member of the Grandmothers Campaign since 2007 and find this book so powerful, so moving - heart wrenching and heartwarming at the same time. With 147 beautiful photographs and so many personal interviews, the book shares the stories of African grandmothers who rose up to meet the challenges of the AIDS crisis head-on in the early days - fighting for school fees and uniforms, food security, housing, and health care for the children orphaned by AIDS - and who continue to do so. You'll read how Canadian grandmothers answered the call in 2006, mobilizing across the country to raise awareness and funds for, and to stand in solidarity with, their African sisters. Grandmothers in Africa tell how they are strengthened by the work of the grandmothers and "grandothers" in the Grandmothers Campaign - and members of the Campaign tell how they are so inspired by the work of the African grandmothers. Indeed, this is the "untold story of AIDS in Africa"!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible Insightful and emotionally moving.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is powered by love! I am sure you will be moved by the poignant and powerful combination of Joanna Henry's words and Alexis MacDonald's stunning photos. Their love and deep respect for the women they met show through on every page, and bring us closer to understanding some of what is so amazing and inspiring about these incredible grandmothers.
Date published: 2017-09-07