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The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV and AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphans, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, we have funded over 1700 initiatives, partnering with more than 325 community-based organizations in 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

These grassroots groups are the lifeline for their communities: they provide counselling and education about HIV prevention, care and treatment; distribute food, medication and other necessities; reach the sick and vulnerable through home-based health care; help orphans and vulnerable children access education and work through their grief; and support grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren.

Since 2006, we have used donated miles to support work in 15 African countries. Donated miles have brought voices of African grandmothers and grassroots leaders to the forefront, enabled partnerships through our mentorship programme, sent our field representatives to visit projects, and brought together community workers to share strategies and experiences with psychosocial counselling, orphan care and home-based health care. Thank you so much for making this possible!

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  • Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa

    In November, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched what would quickly become a best-selling book – Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa. Thanks to generous donations of Aeroplan Miles, the Foundation was able to bring 20 African grandmothers and staff... Read more »

  • Creating Connections

    Your donated Miles make our partnerships possible!

    At the Stephen Lewis Foundation, donated Aeroplan Miles are a precious resource. They allow our trained field representatives to routinely visit our partner organizations across sub-Saharan Africa. They help us bring grassroots experts from community-based organizations together to share their... Read more »

  • African leaders are sharing their expertise, thanks to Aeroplan Miles!

    The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched its groundbreaking speaker series, the Ask Her Talks, with crucial support from Aeroplan’s member donations program. Thus far, this innovative initiative has brought ten knowledgeable, dynamic, and informed African women experts to Canada to... Read more »

  • African grandmothers are emerging as powerful leaders!

    Beginning with the first International Grandmothers Gathering in 2006 and culminating with the recent South Africa Grandmothers Gathering on the eve of the XXI International AIDS Conference, donated Aeroplan Miles have also supported African grandmothers’ struggle to secure... Read more »

  • Forging New Partnerships

    Progress for some has not been progress for all!

    At the Stephen Lewis Foundation, donated Aeroplan Miles have also facilitated the formation of new partnerships, with organizations doing HIV & AIDS-related work with LGBT communities on the African continent.  The Foundation's burgeoning collaboration with these organizations... Read more »