Repost from @stephenlewisfdn - "Grandmothers are the pillars of our nation. Since HIV and AIDS came to Tanzania we have been raising our childrens children - a generation of young people left parentless by the pandemic. We knew we had to keep these orphans close and show them love. HIV and AIDS is still a major threat to our country but Tanzania endures because we grandmothers have endured." - An excerpt from the Tanzania Grandmothers Statement read by Edith E. Tarimo UMWI at the Arusha Regional Commissioners Office on March 1 2018. The declaration and calls to action for Tanzania and the international community are a result of four days of intensive sharing learning and developing strategies for the future at the Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering. Grandmothers walked in solidarity and celebration of their resilience and triumphs to regional government offices where they demanded their rights care acknowledgement and adequate supports for their role as guardians of the future. #bibininguzo #GrandmothersGatheringTZ #TanzanianGrandmothers #GrandmothersPoweredByLove