What We're Learning

We are continually learning from our partners in Africa. We maintain frequent contact with their programme staff, and encourage each organization to share their challenges as well as their successes with us, so that we can deepen our understanding of what works. We strive to facilitate opportunities for discussion, foster the creation of networks and ensure that meaningful exchanges can take place between and amongst the organizations with whom we work.

To date, we have facilitated a number of roundtables and partnerships at the community level, bringing together representatives from dozens of organizations to share their innovative approaches on topics ranging from orphan care to home-based carementorship to documentation. We have also launched Grassroots Exchange, a website specifically geared toward our partners, so that they can share materials and resources, discuss their challenges and build networks within and across countries.

The Foundation has also supported the creation — by frontline activists — of the African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women & Girls & HIV/AIDS (AIR). The Institute is unlike anything else that exists on the continent: imagine a dynamic, mobile, expert response team of women, ready to assist other women and organizations throughout Africa, armed with expertise in counselling and trained to assist frontline workers, counsellors, nurses and doctors. The Institute also serves as a much-needed forum for advocates to come together to exchange new ideas, approaches and lessons learned around sexual violence and AIDS. 


The Foundation is working closely with our community-based partners to document the lessons they are learning and the profound impact their work is having in the lives of people infected and affected by HIV & AIDS. The following is a selection of publications that tell that story...

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2015 Year In Review

2015 Year in Review

For more than a decade, the Foundation has been asserting that if only a critical mass of community-based organizations could receive adequate funding, they would turn the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa. In 2015, we developed an innovative new Impact Assessment Framework to help tell this story. Our 2015 Year In Review uses this framework to provide concrete evidence that, with meaningful support, community-based organizations are indeed achieving powerful and lasting change. This annual review focuses on children, youth and grandmothers, in particular. In a region where roughly 14 million children have been orphaned by AIDS, and up to 60% are being cared for by their grandmothers, their fates and futures are inextricably entwined. 


Community-Based Organizations: Fostering resilience to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa

International AIDS Conference Report

At the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, the Foundation led a Global Village Panel Discussion focused on reaching HIV-positive children and youth, facilitated by SLF Board Member and former General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign, Vuyiseka Dubula. The panel was comprised of the Executive Directors and senior management of a group of SLF partner organizations including Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative (Uganda), Cotlands (South Africa), MUJHU Care (Uganda), Blue Roof Wellness Center (South Africa), and St. Francis Health Services (Uganda). Participants explored effective community-based approaches for keeping HIV-positive children and youth on ARV treatment and shared innovations from their years of successful experience. 


Stronger Together: A review of the SLF Peer Mentorship Initiative

Report on the Mentorship Initiative

In addition to our routine efforts to enable collaboration between our partner organizations, the Foundation recently launched a Peer Mentorship Initiative, designed to generate new knowledge, and integrate African-developed methodologies that target the health and wellbeing of the communities most affected by HIV. As part of this initiative, pairs of community-based organizations partnered with the Foundation were given an opportunity to partner with each other, in an effort to harness their collective grassroots expertise and channel it to support a stronger, more vibrant and better-networked community-based response. This report provides a detailed impact evaluation of this Peer Mentorship Initiative. 

News

Grandmas get down in Guildford December 7, 2016

Gord Goble, The Now

Grannies are doing it for themselves December 1, 2016

Kathy Michaels, Kelowna Capital News

Upcoming Events

Hands and Hearts for Africa 50s-60s Sock Hop February 25, 2017

Richmond Hill, Ontario

Marjorie Ward Lecture February 28, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba