The Grandmother Resilience and Nurturing Initiative (GRANI) was initiated by WEMIHS in 2003 as an informal response to address the negative impact of aged care providers bearing the burden of caring for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. The GRANI adapted a holistic approach to improving the ability of grandmothers to cope with the effects of HIV/AIDS that had adversely affected their social economic status and reduced self esteem and the will power to live after bitter experiences of not only losing their sons and daughters but also being left behind to care for young grand children with little or no support available to them.
GRANI’s goal was to improve grandmother resilience to cope with the burden and support of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS.
In adopting a comprehensive family care and support approach, GRANI’s goal was to improve grandmother resilience to cope with the burden and support of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. With support from the Stephen Lewis Foundation, WEMIHS continues to respond to the needs of vulnerable granny households through carefully designed program interventions focussing on lasting social economic impact in response to the real needs of grannies.
Funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), the GRANNI demonstrated significant success in implementing a three pronged approach of working with grandmothers i.e.; directly empowering them address their immediate psychological needs, enhancing their skills for sustainable livelihoods to address socio economic needs and supporting their networks for greater access to services and opportunities.