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Grandmother to Grandmother

How one generation is saving another

An entire generation of parents is being lost to AIDS, drugs and violence in many areas of the world. What is happening to their children? In heartbreaking case after case, they are swept up into the same destructive cycle and succumbing to neglect and disease. But there is hope at hand. And it’s coming from grandmothers.

“Grandmothers, often impoverished themselves, are rescuing the children and struggling to raise them,” say the producers of an award-winning film about two model projects that are transforming the lives of grandchildren in two countries.

Grandmother to Grandmother: New York to Tanzania is a film by Old Dog Documentaries that captures stories of grandmothers who have taken on the responsibility for raising grandchildren in two very different cultures: the Bronx and Tanzania. The film brings home unsung heroes and weaves together the fabric of love that bridges the gap between generations and across cultures.

“When you meet grandmothers who have lost almost all of their adult children and are so deep in grief, and yet they step in to care for their grandchildren, these women to me are the heroes of the world.”

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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