The aim of this Support Group is to provide a place where Grannies in Alexandra can be cared for, encouraged and supported so that they can carry their unexpected and untimely burden effectively, and leave an optimistic legacy for the next generation.
Grandmother-Headed Households are the norm in Alexandra. This means Grandmothers have lost or buried their children, and become parents once again. They are the unsung heroes of their communities as they fill in the family gap as nurturers for the next generation.
Children without parents need a father or mother figure willing to offer hope, love, counselling and accountability. Grannies willing to do this need a support system themselves; a source of encouragement, and people who in turn can care for them. Each week in Alexandra four groups of Grannies meet together to sing, pray, talk, read the bible, dance, and learn. They share a cup of tea and something small to eat, and find in each other mutual understanding and common ground. This gives them the strength to encourage, support, and care for those in the next generations that are dependent on them.