Women dance at a Foundation-funded project in Uganda (Photo by Jennifer Dunn)

What We Do

The Stephen Lewis Foundation was created with the express purpose of putting money directly in the hands of community-based organizations working on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Since 2003, we have funded over 1700 initiatives, partnering with over 325 community-based organizations in the 15 countries that have been hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic in Africa, including Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We also work with a number of regional initiatives.

From home-based care to grandmother support and orphan care, from feeding programmes to music and art therapy, grassroots organizations are driving the response to the AIDS pandemic in ways that are innovative, sophisticated and impactful.

We exist to meaningfully collaborate on this important work, and to support the processes by which grassroots groups share ideas, strategize for change, and build unified networks across the African continent. With enough resources, they are on the precipice of creating lasting change.

Want to learn more?

Read about the grassroots organizations we work with in the Where We Work section and learn more about our Areas of Work. For individual stories and the latest updates from Africa, please read our latest newsletter and watch online video clips about our work.

 

News

Ugandan LGBT activist says threats and violence won't stop the fight for civil rights October 4, 2019

Brent Bambury, Toronto, CBC Radio

Civil rights movement intensifies as hate crimes increase in LGBTQ communities in Africa September 10, 2019

SLF, Toronto, GlobeNewswire

Upcoming Events

Second Annual Cookie Walk December 14, 2019

Orillia, Ontario

Pub Nite with the Coquitlam Gogos January 21, 2020

Coquitlam, British Columbia