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About

The Stephen Lewis Foundation delivers funds and other resources directly to community-led organizations who are leading responses to HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

These organizations empower women and girls, grandmothers, orphaned and vulnerable children, LGBTIQ communities, and people living with HIV. We advocate for global health and philanthropic communities to engage in partnering, fundraising, and international development that shifts power to community-led organizations, and dismantles the inequalities driving the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Since 2003, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has challenged traditional power structures in international development and philanthropy by shifting resources into the hands of local communities. The HIV and AIDS pandemic remains a public health emergency in sub-Saharan Africa fuelled by racism, gender inequality, and colonialism. Committed to community-led solutions, we provide funding and allyship to local organizations who are restoring hope, reclaiming human rights, fighting injustice, and saving lives.

Since 2006, your generously donated points have supported this life-saving work. Donated points have brought voices of African grandmothers, women and youth and grassroots leaders to the forefront, enabled partnerships through our mentor program, sent our field representatives to visit projects, and brought together community workers to share their most impactful strategies. Thank you so much for making this possible!

For more information, visit https://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.

About

The Stephen Lewis Foundation delivers funds and other resources directly to community-led organizations who are leading responses to HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

These organizations empower women and girls, grandmothers, orphaned and vulnerable children, LGBTIQ communities, and people living with HIV. We advocate for global health and philanthropic communities to engage in partnering, fundraising, and international development that shifts power to community-led organizations, and dismantles the inequalities driving the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Since 2003, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has challenged traditional power structures in international development and philanthropy by shifting resources into the hands of local communities. The HIV and AIDS pandemic remains a public health emergency in sub-Saharan Africa fuelled by racism, gender inequality, and colonialism. Committed to community-led solutions, we provide funding and allyship to local organizations who are restoring hope, reclaiming human rights, fighting injustice, and saving lives.

Since 2006, your generously donated points have supported this life-saving work. Donated points have brought voices of African grandmothers, women and youth and grassroots leaders to the forefront, enabled partnerships through our mentor program, sent our field representatives to visit projects, and brought together community workers to share their most impactful strategies. Thank you so much for making this possible!

For more information, visit https://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • No poverty

    The SLF’s partner organizations support vulnerable members of their communities with training on livelihood projects and income-generating activities; holistic support for children to stay in school; protection of women’s right to own land; and advocacy to ensure that grandmothers’ rights are met by local and national governments. These programmes combined with holistic support for people living with HIV and effective initiatives for HIV prevention lift families out of poverty and build the community resilience that is required to end poverty on larger scales.

  • Zero hunger

    The community-based organizations that the SLF partners with address hunger in their communities through a three-pronged approach. First, they provide direct food-support to children and families by offering meals at certain community programs and distributing food bundles to vulnerable families. Second, they train grandmothers and out-of-school youth in small-scale farming, livestock raising, and the planting of vegetable gardens. Third, they support the economic well-being of individuals and families through education support, vocational training, and income-generating activities.

  • Good health and well-being

    Organizations working with communities to provide HIV prevention, treatment, and care know that overall health and well-being are essential to reducing the transmission of HIV and ensuring that people living with HIV are able to live long, fulfilling lives. That’s why the SLF’s partners run their own clinics and/or work with government health centres to ensure that their community members are treated for malaria and tuberculosis, STIs, and chronic health conditions. In addition, community-based organizations centre mental health and well-being in their programming, with initiatives ranging from peer support to formal counselling sessions with a trained mental health clinician.

  • Quality education

    The SLF’s partners address direct barriers to school attendance by providing uniforms, supplies, and school fees for vulnerable children. In addition, their programming extends far beyond that to address the roots causes of children and youth not attending school. They work to ensure that school kids have adequate food, that adolescent and teenage girls have menstrual products, that schools are working to end stigma against children and youth living with HIV, that gender-based violence is addressed, and that families have income-generating support so they do not need their children working at home to sustain the family.

  • Gender equality

    Gender inequality drives the AIDS pandemic. The SLF’s partner organizations, many of which are run by women, make gender equality a priority throughout their work. They deliver comprehensive programming to increase women’s and girls’ access to vital services while also combating the gender inequality that makes them more vulnerable in the first place. They promote gender equality through education, livelihood support, sexual and reproductive health and rights training, legal support, advocacy for grandmothers’ rights and women’s rights more broadly, gender-responsive healthcare services, work with men & boys, and leadership and vocational training.

  • Clean water and sanitation

    Clean water and sanitation are essential to health and well-being, including HIV prevention and HIV treatment adherence. Ensuring access to clean water, addressing sanitation concerns, and promoting hygiene are key areas of work for the SLF’s partner organizations. These organizations utilize a variety of strategies to increase access to clean water including innovative rain-water harvesting devices, wells, and water processing plants. They promote sanitation through ventilated, improved pit latrines, and they offer training, soap, toothpaste, and menstrual products to promote hygiene.

  • Decent work and economic growth

    The community-based organizations with whom the SLF partners promote decent work and economic growth through direct training and support and through laying the foundation for the next generation of workers. The SLF’s partners train community members, especially women, on income-generating activities; support small-scale farming and livestock ventures; and organize community savings and loans groups that allow members to start up small businesses. At the same time, they support youth to pursue higher education, apprenticeships, vocational training, career guidance, and life skills training. Finally, they work to ensure that all children have access to education and to address the gender inequities that often prevent women from having equal access to employment and income generation.

  • Reduced inequalities

    The SLF’s work of supporting community-based organizations in sub-Saharan Africa helps to reduce global inequality. In addition, the SLF’s partners work to reduce inequality in their own communities through advocating for equal access to government health services, increasing access to education, providing human rights trainings, raising awareness about gender equality, empowering youth and older persons, promoting LGBTQ rights, and supporting disadvantaged community members with income-generating activities.

  • Partnerships for the goals

    Partnership is key for the SLF. We use a partnership model in all of our work with the community-based organizations we support – making sure that their expertise, goals, needs and input are driving the conversation and the funding agreements. Those community-based organizations, in turn, have built vital partnerships in their communities with health centres, government, other NGOs etc. Doing so, allows them to ensure that members of their community get truly holistic support to address their needs. Finally, the SLF works to support partnerships and peer learning between the community-based organizations we support so they can learn from one another and increase the effectiveness of their work.

News and updates

We will not rest until they can rest!

Grandmother activists came together across 11 countries for the International Grandmothers Gathering (IGG) in October 2023.In sub-Saharan Africa, and around the world, grandmothers and grandothers are leading social justice movements and playing integral roles in their communities.Gathering...

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We were thrilled to once again connect in person!

In July 2022, Stephen Lewis Foundation staff travelled to the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal using Aeroplan points. We gathered with HIV activists, funders, and decision makers, and supported important HIV advocacy.The SLF and Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) convened...

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It is more important than ever to hear from SLF partners

As the world emerges and learns from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to hear from SLF partners who have the experience and expertise in responding to HIV and AIDS.  A recent report by UNAIDS calls for community-led responses to pandemics. When public health systems...

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Grandmothers are running for political positions – and winning!

The impact of your donated points is expansive and long-term. A direct outcome of the Uganda Grandmothers Gathering – made possible using donated Aeroplan points – is the Grandmothers’ Consortium. Formed by six grassroots organizations working with grandmothers to create a platform to advocate...

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Young voices raising international awareness about HIV and AIDS

Ruth Awori, a youth leader at MUJHU's Young Generation Alive, a Stephen Lewis Foundation partner in Uganda, travelled to Canada using Aeroplan points. While in Toronto, she raised awareness about community-based responses to HIV and AIDS, and the impact of youth leadership on national radio and...

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Thanks to our supporters

Aeroplan Contribution
200,000 points donated
09/04/2024
Anonymous
2,500 points donated
16/07/2024
Anonymous
1,000 points donated
28/06/2024
William F
ON
1,000 points donated
22/06/2024
Anonymous
1,000 points donated
22/06/2024
Barbara G
QC
1,000 points donated
18/06/2024
Dervish M
1,328 points donated
21/05/2024
Anonymous
2,953 points donated
17/05/2024
Chi M
BC
41,000 points donated
10/05/2024
Desiree F
ON
20,000 points donated
07/05/2024
Rosie B
BC
1,000 points donated
03/05/2024
Anonymous
1,000 points donated
29/04/2024
Leorah K
5,000 points donated
27/04/2024
Anonymous
5,000 points donated
26/04/2024
Anonymous
2,500 points donated
10/04/2024
Rochelle O
NS
111,573 points donated
09/04/2024
Barry S
QC
20,000 points donated
05/04/2024
Anonymous
3,755 points donated
03/04/2024
Leona J
AB
2,500 points donated
03/04/2024
Constance B
NB
1,000 points donated
29/03/2024
Vanessa D
BC
13,551 points donated
25/03/2024
Sarah C
NB
2,500 points donated
25/03/2024
Heidi W
NT
24,397 points donated
24/03/2024
Janet S
ON
50,000 points donated
24/03/2024
Jane H
BC
10,000 points donated
24/03/2024
Anonymous
5,000 points donated
24/03/2024