Gogo is the Zulu word for “grandmother” and tikun olam is Hebrew for “repair of the world.” We are the Tikun Olam Gogos. We’re a volunteer group of grandmothers and grand-others in Vancouver that was founded in May 2011 and is sponsored by the Sisterhood of Temple Sholom.
Our mission is to raise awareness, build solidarity, and mobilize support in Canada for grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who are raising their grandchildren due to the the HIV & AIDS pandemic.
Tikun Olam Gogos is part of the Greater Vancouver Gogos, which includes more than 25 groups in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and the Sunshine Coast.
We are excited to announce an Outdoor Craft Fair – Sunday, September 6th. We hope to see you there.
The pandemic has shut down local craft fairs. Our members are staying safe, staying close to home. But we are not abandoning the African grandmothers. We are participating in Gogos Go to Joburg For the Love of Grandmothers Fitness Challenge 2020.
This pledge event is a joint effort of the Greater Vancouver Gogos. Together, we will commit to a virtual walk of 17,000 km from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Johannesburg, South Africa, passing through the 15 sub-Saharan countries where the Stephen Lewis Foundation works with community based organizations.
We are accepting donations in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. We hope to raise $30,000 for African grandmothers and the orphans in their care.
To learn more about this challenge, or to donate click on: For the Love of Grandmothers.
You can donate to the Tikun Olam Gogo FLOG team.
In September, we hope to hold our 4th annual Solidarity Cycle Event.
We are pleased to report that the past 3 Solidarity Cycles have raised over $110,000 for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
RegIstration for Solidarity Cycle 2020 has been delayed to June 1, 2020 as we await further updates on the COVID-19 situation. Should we not be able to proceed safely with our regular training rides and our group cycle on September 13th, we will plan to do a virtual cycle this year. African grandmothers need our support more than ever as their continent faces a second pandemic while still recovering from the AIDS pandemic.
Fabric Face Masks
Tikun Olam Gogo sewers have been busy sewing cloth face masks. Our masks are a double layer of 100% cotton with ear elastics and a pocket to hold a single-use filter. A nose bridge ensures a snug fit at the top. The masks are completely washable and come with a few filters. Blue Shop Cloth or paper towelling make good replacement filters. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like one (or more) of our masks.
Looking for something to share with young children in response to the Covid19 crisis?
The digital book, “A Teeny Tiny Virus”, was created by Jamileh Salek, an Iranian-Canadian visual artist and illustrator. The digital book is intended to help families and young children deal with the COVID 19 crisis. The book teaches children and families how they can remain positive, creative and helpful, and it reminds them of the value and beauty of their lives. It is meant for children 3 and older and for early readers.
The book sells for $8.99, but Jamileh has generously offered to donate 80% of sales revenues to the SLF Grandmothers Campaign.
View the trailer for Julieta’s story and sample illustrations.
Purchase a copy of the digital book.
About our bags
We are known for our signature tote bags, which are sturdy, sustainable, and beautiful. Our creations include large tote bags, small tote bags, wine tote bags, pouches, knit-n-gogo bags, and drawstring bags. You can find a special selection of the large tote bags for sale on our Shop page.
We are pleased to offer a new item. Reusable, washable, mesh produce bags. Find us selling them at craft fairs, or outside various grocery stores in the lower mainland – or contact a Tikun Olam Gogo member to make a purchase. $10 for a set of 4 bags. Email Joyce Cherry at email@example.com to arrange to pick up these bags from Joyce’s.
New Zippered Pouches
We also sell a selection of all of our creations at local crafts fairs and events (check our Events page to see where we’ll be next), and by special appointment (if you are in the Greater Vancouver area), which can be requested through our Contact page. In addition, ‘Fancy This Gifts’ in Ladner carry our totes !
Joyce’s On Granville Boutique, Vancouver (604) 261-5454
All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Want to join us?
To find out about the other Gogo groups in the area, check out the Greater Vancouver Gogos website.
If you’d like to join our Tikun Olam Gogo group, or if you have any questions, contact us.
Grandmothers Flash Mobs for World AIDS Day