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, to generate funds and to advocate on behalf of the grandmother caregivers in AIDS-ravaged Africa.
Inspired and challenged by hearing Stephen Lewis speak in 2005, when he was United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, a small group of women of all ages got together to "do something" as doing nothing was no longer an option. Led by Carole Holmes, they called the group "Oomama," which translated from Zulu, means "Our mothers." The word is taken from a South African tribal chant that honours women.
Stephen Lewis' description of the HIV/AIDS situation in sub-Saharan Africa, especially its effect on the grandmothers who were looking after their orphaned grandchildren, galvanized us into action and has since motivated hundreds more.
Now one of over 250 groups that form the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, Oomama is committed to helping ease the pain while turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa, by educating and fundraising.
All funds raised by Oomama are donated to the SLF through it's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. We ensure all fundraising efforts and communications are in compliance with the Foundation’s standards and principles. In addition, Oomama has regular communication with SLF regarding projects, initiatives and educational opportunities.
"I continue to be amazed by the commitment, compassion, resolve, skill, and capacity of the Oomamas."