Author Paola Gianturco Supports Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

A community advocate, mindSCOPE Staffing and Recruiting Software CEO Daniel Duic enjoys supporting activities and events that promote well-being. A regular participant of the Terry Fox Run benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society, Daniel Duic also extends his charitable efforts overseas by contributing to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Named after Canadian Parliament member Stephen Lewis, the Stephen Lewis Foundation established the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in 2006. In just eight years, the campaign has raised $19.5 million thanks to its dedicated group of African and Canadian grandmothers who volunteer time and money to support fellow grandmothers in Africa caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Currently, 240 active grandmother groups in Canada take part in the campaign.

In an effort to support the foundation’s initiative, award-winning author Paola Gianturco dedicates 100 percent of the royalties from her book Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. The book documents grandmother groups from around the world as they work to protect their culture and health, and shape the future of education and human rights.

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Stephen Lewis Foundation: Advocating for Grandmothers and Orphans

Daniel Duic joined Mindscope Cura Staffing Software in 1998, the year the company was formed. At present, he serves as the company’s CEO and has been involved in the database software field since graduating from University of Toronto. Beyond his professional duties, Daniel Duic supports charitable entities such as the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) collaborates with community organizations to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Specifically, the SLF strives to support women, children, and seniors struggling with the disease.

The SLF takes a keen interest in grandmothers combating HIV/AIDS by calling attention to initiatives that support these strong women working to raise orphaned children in the face of the crippling disease, as well as initiatives that appear to neglect them. SLF representatives have gathered statistics to show that grandmothers in many countries are responsible for providing care to between 40 and 60 percent of orphans, of which 15 to 16 million exist.

Fortunately, the SLF is not alone in advocating grandmothers and orphans, two woefully underrepresented groups. Initiatives such as the People’s Tribunal explore and spread awareness on the way African grandmothers stricken with disease live their lives.