The other day I had the privilege of meeting Alicia Mdaka, one of the grandmothers featured in my recent blogs about GAPA – Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS . Not long ago, the day after she returned from a stay in hospital, Alicia’s house burnt down accidentally. Now she’s forced to live in a tiny corrugated iron shack adjacent to the ruins of her former home. We’re standing in front of it in the photograph. She’s living with her two sons in the shack while she’s waiting for her house to be rebuilt. Fires are very common in the townships where conditions are hazardous in every respect. When it rains heavily, water pours in. This kind of situation is all too common. To find out how you can support grandmothers like Alicia, go to the Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids website.