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Whenever possible, the Foundation works with its community-based partners to document the profound impact of the support they provide in the lives of people infected and affected by HIV & AIDS. From home-based care to grandmother support, from orphan care to music and art therapy, grassroots organizations are driving the response to the AIDS epidemic in ways that are innovative, sophisticated and impactful. These publications strive to tell that story.
Year in Review, 2015
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.
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.
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.
African Grandmothers Tribunal: Seeking justice at the frontlines of the AIDS crisis
Discrimination and inequality place a heavy burden on the African grandmothers who are struggling to support communities devastated by HIV & AIDS. African grandmothers deserve better—they deserve justice. On September 7, 2013, the Stephen Lewis Foundation hosted a people’s tribunal to shine a public light on the denial of their human rights, and to issue a call for action. Six grandmothers from across sub-Saharan Africa presented their personal testimonies before the Tribunal’s judges: Theo Sowa, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Joy Phumaphi and Gloria Steinem. The resulting report charts a new path forward for advancing African grandmothers’ rights.
Grandmothers to Grandmothers: The Dawn of a New Movement
The Stephen Lewis Foundation held the first ever Grandmothers’ Gathering in August 2006 in Toronto. One hundred African grandmothers and two hundred Canadian grandmothers gathered for two days of workshops, run by the grandmothers themselves, on topics ranging from grief to traditional songs, from depression to fundraising, and from stigma to the care of children orphaned by AIDS. The Gathering provided an opportunity for Canadian grandmothers to hear the testimonies of African grandmothers first-hand, a summary of which is contained in this report—a document that truly signifies the Dawn of a Movement.[/fusion_text][/two_third][one_third last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”#ffffff” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding=”10px” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”grvleft” id=””][fusion_text]
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