On Saturday November 30th 2019, WAWAC supported the launching of The Seattle Gambian Grandmas’ Association (SGGA). Considering the important role that grandparents play in the upbringing of their children,¬† this association enables a platform for the Gambian grand-mothers in Seattle as custodians of the traditional values banner to meet and discuss issues that concern them for the community. WAWAC as such supports SGGA with the organization and other logistical needs, but the it fully led and steered by the grandmas in the direction of their wishes and aspirations.

The association serves as a social support group with a mandate to assisting West African grand-mothers living in Seattle to adequately adjust to life in the US. WAWAC therefore supports members of the association to learn essential skills such as driving, GPS navigation, using home appliances, English proficiency etc. These skills  when acquired allows the grand-mothers to readily and more effectively assume their traditional role of supporting and bonding with their grand-children. This is important because it allows for the handing down of critical local traditions and the installation of crucial family values in the children.

Since it’s launching, SGGA has availed itself to the community by providing marriage counseling for couples. Moreover, its members have volunteered their time to engage in the cleaning of community facilities such as the Bilal Mosque in Lynwood. In this regard, through the support of WAWAC and commitment of the SGGA membership, the traditional role of the grand-mothers as guides and counselors have been restored.

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