Stories

Explore how the Stephen Lewis Foundation champions health and human rights with community-based partners by reading our stories.

From Echo Chamber to Action: A plea to harness
the power of community to get the HIV response back on track

We can radically transform the HIV response by being the change we wish to see in the world.

Joyce and her son in front of... looking...

The Power of One Day’s Pay:
A mother’s shop and a child’s education

Joyce begins her day opening up the successful cereal shop she runs in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest informal urban settlement. Members of her community recognize her, as she is a well-known leader who is making important contributions to her community.

Changing Minds, Changing Lives:
Stories from the Field

For two decades, Jenny Parsley has had a front-row seat to the impact of the HIV pandemic in Africa, and the life-changing, community-led response. SLF Field Representatives Jenny, Ruth Ochieng, and Winnie Sseruma share their unique insights.

The SLF and our partners at AIDS 2022 in Montreal

Many SLF partners, community leaders who provide essential health care, advocacy, and support, were in Montreal, sharing their expertise with the global audience at the 24th International AIDS Conference. Here are highlights!

Toronto comes alive with Pride!

After two years of lockdowns, the streets of Toronto came alive again with Pride, and the SLF's Partners in Pride campaign was there! We were thrilled to raise the visibility of our LGBTIQ partner organizations and meet supporters in person.

Chikanda, Melissa, and Said — clients with HAPA Kenya. Images from by HAPA Kenya's documentary, Caring for You.

Learning to live without fear

HAPA's clinic provides appropriate, stigma-free health care and empowers clients to report homophobic attacks to police and seek the justice they deserve.

Fleeing hate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

As leader of an organization that supports LGBTQ+ people in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jérémie is no stranger to threats from police.

The Right to Health and Healing for LGBTIQ activists in Kenya and Uganda

Support for mental health and well-being for frontline LGBTIQ activists in Kenya and Uganda is imperative. Hear from three activists about how their organizations are saving lives and preventing burn out.

Amedo Judith addressing a crowd

Peace has many definitions

Amedo Judith keeps her ear to the ground, so that when conflicts emerge in her community, she is poised to intervene and negotiate more just outcomes for women and girls in Eastern Uganda.