Past Activities

Past activities

The Grandmother Project grew out of a series of successful experiences in community health programs carried out in collaboration with different non government organizations and involving grandmothers.

  • 2011, Uganda
    Participatory training and follow-up of field staff of 15 local NGOs on GMP’s  approach to grandmother-inclusive and intergenerational programming for child protection programs.   These capacity building activities are funded by UNICEF-Uganda.
  • 2011, Senegal
    Collaboration with “Yajeende Nutrition and Food Security” project implemented by Counterpart with USAID, to develop a participatory nutrition education strategy in the Bakel, Kedougou and Matam areas.  GMP coordinated a qualitative rapid assessment on maternal and nutrition with Yajeende with field staff and facilitated training of community facilitators on Participatory Nutrition Education Methods.
  • 2010, Mauritania
    Training workshops for community volunteers and community field staff of World Vision in the  Community Action to Promote Child Nutrition project using a grandmother inclusive approach to improve child nutrition, including the development of participatory educational tools (songs, a game and open-ended stories).
  • 2010, Mauritania
    Participatory rapid assessment on the roles, influences and practices related to children’s education and upbringing in Southern Mauritania.  The study report title suggests the results: Communication break-down between generations – The gap between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ values “.  Following the assessment GMP was involved in planning and implementing an intergenerational strategy to address early marriage, school drop out of girls and teen age pregnancy, with community actors and World Vision.
  • 2010, Mali
    Technical support to a female social work student to carry out a study on communication between grandmothers and adolescent girls on sexuality and reproductive health in rural Mali, with the National Institute for Training of Social Workers (INFTS).
  • 2010, Senegal
    Design and production of a participatory game “Who we are?” (“Qui sommes nous?”) for use in schools to help children reflect on cultural values and identity and to strengthen communication between children, their parents and grandparents.  The game was developed by Karla Sarr, Master student at the Centre for International Education, University of Massachusetts who worked in collaboration with several primary school teachers and district education office staff.
  • 2009, Global
    Development of a guide on GMP’s community approach, Change through Culture, for use by local organizations and field staff. This work was funded by the Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust.  The guide has not yet been widely disseminated as GMP has not had resources for editing, translating into French, lay-out and printing.
  • 2009, Mali
    Technical support to two female social work students to carry out small studies on the role of grandmothers in maternal and newborn health in the capital city, Bamako.  This activity was carried out with the National Institute for Training of Social Workers (INFTS).
  • 2009, Senegal
    Training workshop with teachers, representatives of Aide et Action and of the District Education Office in Kolda on “Strengthening education programs by promoting intergenerational communication, use of indigenous knowledge and collaboration with grandmothers”.
  • 2009, Benin
    Training of nutrition staff and development of community nutrition program.  A workshop was held for National Nutrition Program staff  and NGO partners on “Grandmother inclusive approach: Acknowledging and strengthening an important cultural resource in community nutrition and health programs”.  The workshop was funded by the World Bank.  The follow up support to the program is with Plan International.
  • 2008, Senegal
    Support to a three-year action-research project (2008-2011) on “Girls Holistic Development” implemented by World Vision.  The strategy to decrease early marriage, teen pregnancy and female genital mutilation and increase schooling of girls is based on GMP’s Change  through Culture approach.  GMP worked with community leaders, local committees and teachers to implement a grandmother-inclusive and intergenerational strategy with very positive results.
  • 2008, Burkina Faso
    Two training workshops with program staff of Helen Keller International, Catholic Relief Services, Plan International and Terre des Hommes on a “Grandmother-inclusive approach to community nutrition, health and education programming”.
  • 2007, Nicaragua
    Training of field staff of 15 local NGOs and 5 international NGOs to involve grandmothers in community health programs.  This activity was carried out with NicaSalud, a consortium of 30 NGOs.
  • 2007, Senegal
    Two training workshops with 12 local and international NGO partners of the National Nutrion Program (PRN) on “Utilizing a neglected resource for community nutrition and health projects: The grandmother-inclusive approach”.
  • 2007, Djibouti
    Coordination of a community assessment on household roles and practices related to maternal and child nutrition and design of a community grandmother-inclusive nutrition strategy. This work directly involved grandmother and women leaders and was supported by UNICEF and the Ministry of Health.
  • 2007, Mauritania
    Development and testing of a participatory game on maternal and child nutrition with groups of grandmothers and young women in Olo Ologa, Southern Maritania.   The game was developed by a graduate student from the University of London, Emma McGonigle and funded by GMP with support from World Vision.
  • 2006, Senegal
    Development of the booklet “The Role of Grandmothers in African Societies” in French and Pular and training of primary school teachers in 30 schools with World Vision
  • 2006, Mauritania
    Coordination of a rapid qualititative community assessment and development of participatory nutrition education materials (stories, songs and a game) to contribute to decreasing malnutrition in peri-urban Nouakchott.  Grandmother leaders and World Vision field staff were trained to implement nutrition education activities.  This activity was funded by World Vision.