Women's Institute learns about Kings Grannies

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Vice-President Clarice Pottie opened the meeting on Jan. 8 and welcomed everyone.

Jocelyn Rhodenizer gave a report on the meeting she had attended on Monday on the Kings West District's 100th anniversary plans. It will be held May 4, 1-4 p.m., at the Waterville and District Fire Hall. The plan is to have seven anchor tables - one for each branch, one for FWIC and one for "A Time for all Things" – as well as three demonstration tables, five health tables, four agriculture tables and history tables. There will be entertainment, a huge anniversary cake, tea and coffee. Much more info will come later.

Janice Wagner introduced the guest speakers, Nancy Henry and Betsy Baillie from the Kings-Kikima Grannies in the

Wolfville area. The Kings Grannies are a group of 28 grannies who each pair off with a Kikima Granny (known as Gogos) in Kenya, Africa. The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in 2006 in response to the crisis faced by African grandmothers. The Grannies in Kenya are looking after their grandchildren whose parents have died of AIDS. Poverty is great in Kenya and the 28 Grannies there have been helped by the Kings Grannies here, who raise money by selling gently-used jewelry and hold a major yard sale in June. The next jewelry sale will be Feb. 2 at Blomidon Nurseries.  

Their contact in Kenya is Ruth Kyatha. Ruth and her husband are from a small village in Kenya and Ruth had attended Acadia University at one time. Two of their daughters have remained in

Canada. The Wolfville Rotary Club donated money so Ruth could purchase 28 goats for the Kikima Grannies for Christmas.  

This fall, the Kings Grannies raised money for 20 water tanks for 20 grannies; the other eight grannies, in the meantime, had to renovate their roofs in order to catch the water. Thanks to the Kentville Rotary Club, there is now money for the other eight grannies to have water tanks.  

Nancy and Betsy had pictures on display of the Kikima Grannies and the grandchildren they are looking after. Janice thanked Nancy and Betsy for the informative presentation and Clarice presented them with a small cheque.

A delicious tea followed. Our next meeting will be Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m.


Submitted by Joanne Hill,

South Berwick Women's Institute

Organizations: Waterville, Kings-Kikima Grannies, Africa.The Stephen Lewis Foundation Acadia University Canada.The Wolfville Rotary Club Kikima Grannies for Christmas Kentville Rotary Club

Geographic location: Kenya

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