Nyanya Project

If you are in the Charlotte area come check this photography exhibit out! If you plan on coming to the Thursday or Sunday event please let me know!

The Nyanya Project

“The Roots and the Light,”  a Photographic Celebration of

African Grandmothers and their AIDS-orphaned Grandchildren

In America, particularly North Carolina, more and more people are hearing the story of millions of African grandmothers and their struggle to raise their grandchildren after losing their sons and daughters to AIDS.  African grandmothers, known as nyanyas, are the focus of initiatives from a North Carolina nonprofit called The Nyanya Project.

From Oct. 14-22 at the Wachovia Gallery in Spirit Square, The Nyanya Project (TNP) will host two receptions and an exhibit, “The Roots and the Light,” to highlight the plight of these women and to generate interest and support on their behalf.

Features of the event:

  • Photographic canvases of acclaimed photographer, Virginia Weiler
  • The founder of The Nyanya Project, Mary Martin Niepold, will discuss TNP’s work.
  • African visitors include Terry Obath of Nairobi, who is Chairman of the Board of HelpAge Kenya, an international NGO serving the elderly and a TNP partner.
  • A filmed message will be shown from Pastor Deo Gashagaza, Exec. Director of Prison Fellowship Rwanda and future TNP partner.
  • Extraordinary, handcrafted jewelry will be available for purchase from Gahaya Links

Both events are free.

  • The opening on Thursday, Oct 14, from 5-7 p.m., will be open to the public.
  • On Sunday, October 17, from 3-5 p.m., guests will hear speakers and learn of Nyanya Grandmothers Clubs, where American grandmothers support African grandmothers.



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