Impact: The journey to resilience

There’s a hidden story in the response to the AIDS epidemic on the African continent. It’s a story about the remarkable progress that communities have made, and the deeply human changes that people experience with the support of their community-based organizations. Over the course of the pandemic, the fabric of communities, families and individuals unravelled, as AIDS struck household after household, and death, impoverishment, discrimination and suffering abounded. In response, grassroots organizations have been providing multiple forms of assistance — in areas such as healthcare, education, income generation, and emotional and psychological well-being — that together have been helping individuals and communities recover from devastating losses. Our CBO partners have always understood that what is fundamentally at stake in the response to the HIV & AIDS pandemic is ‘resilience’: people’s ability to cope with crisis, to regroup and rebuild, and to continue on with their lives.

Through the Foundation’s partnerships with more than 325 community-based organizations over the past 15 years, we have amassed a wealth of information about what has really been working to push back the ravages of AIDS, and re-open the possibility of decent futures for so many people infected with and affected by HIV & AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The SLF is now in the process of documenting this bigger picture of change, unveiled by our partners' work: the story of a journey towards resilience and new hope for life. This section of our website introduces our new Impact Assessment Framework, an innovative tool we have developed to tell the story of the remarkable long-term impact of our partners’ efforts, and to chronicle the tangible effects of more than a decade of generous contributions by SLF donors.


LGBTIQ organizations in Africa reporting human rights abuses linked to COVID-19 May 19, 2020

Stephen Lewis Foundation / Canada, Press release

World will survive COVID-19 only if 'swift action' taken to help Africa, UN humanitarian says March 25, 2020

Matt Galloway and Idella Sturino, Toronto, Canada, CBC Radio: The Current

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