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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.
May 2021 marked 10 years since the founding of our group. On July 8, we met in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic and together we celebrated our 10 year anniversary.
Come and see us at the Knit City Mini Marketplace, October 2-3, at the PNE.
Our Most Popular Items
We are known for our signature tote bags, which are sturdy, sustainable, and beautiful. Our creations include large tote bags, zippered pouches, small drawstring pouches, and cloth face masks. You can find a selection of the large tote bags and zippered pouches for sale on our Shop page.
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.
The newest item on our website is Tru Earth eco-friendly laundry strips.
32 eco-strips in a package. Each laundry strip packs ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of liquidless laundry detergent that you just toss in the wash. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to pick up these bags from Joyce’s.
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.
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