Personal Connections

Letter Writing

The letter-writing project is a wonderful opportunity for personal contact with our African gogos.  About 40 women from Vernon and area are connected with gogos from Sabie in letter-writing partnerships, and there are more on a waiting list hoping to be paired up in the future. We try to write to our African partners every 6-8 weeks even though we may not receive replies very frequently.  Read more about “Letter Writing.”

In December 2008, Susan Fenner, the chair of Grannies a Gogo, personally delivered letters from the Vernon, Canada grannies to their partners in Sabie, South Africa.  She captured in photo images the poignancy of these developing friendships.

Emma Mambene of Sabie reads her letter from her partner, Shirley B. of Vernon.
Emma Mambene of Sabie reads her letter from her partner, Shirley B. of Vernon.

Visits to Sabie

Grannies “Gogo” to South Africa
Notes From the Field articles from the visit made by Susan Fenner and Beverley Barling to Sabie, South Africa -Jan/Feb 2008
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Gogos Revisited
Notes From the Field
articles from the visit made by Susan Fenner to Sabie, South Africa – Nov/Dec 2008
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Gogos Surmount Adversity
Notes From the Field articles from the visit made by Susan Fenner to Sabie, South Africa – Jan/Feb 2010

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Vernon Website Inspires Move to Africa
Article in the Vernon Morning Star Dec. 30, 2011

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