About Us

VISION: Oomama envisions that grandmothers in AIDS-ravaged Africa will have the resources to provide a dignified and sustainable future for their grandchildren.

MISSION: We challenge ourselves, our community and our country to raise awareness and to generate funds on behalf of the grandmother caregivers in AIDS-ravaged Africa.

Oomama is an increasingly diverse group of women: some grandmothers, some not; some elderly, some young. With varied skills and demands, we recognize differing levels of commitment, time, energy, ability, and expertise. We welcome and value our differences. At the same time, we are all bonded by a common belief that together we can make this world a better place for our African sisters. 

In 2005, after hearing Stephen Lewis speak describing the conditions and efforts of the African grandmothers, a small group of women from the Oakville area and beyond started to act, and have since motivated hundreds more. 

Oomama, translated from Zulu, means "Our mothers."  The word is taken from a South African tribal chant that honours women.  

“Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Click on the video link below to find out more about the Grandmothers Campaign!