Since 2003, the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) has been delivering resources directly into the hands of the grassroots organizations turning the tide of HIV and AIDS in Africa. Led by the grassroots experts in the more than 300 community-based organizations with which the SLF partners, over 1,400 innovative and inspiring initiatives have been successfully undertaken—with astounding and tangible impact—in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic. We know from experience that in order to effect positive and lasting change it is critical to support committed grassroots organizations working to improve the lives of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in their communities.
The principles of social justice, equality and partnership guide our process. Before partnering with an organization, one of our experienced field representatives visits to assess the organization’s connection to the community, its ability to implement programming, and the strength of its financial accountability systems. Importantly, the organizations with which we partner recognize that gender inequality drives the AIDS pandemic and have dedicated programmes that support grandmothers, girls and women. Once an organization partners with the SLF, our Programme Officers communicate regularly with the staff to ensure that our approach remains informed, responsive, relevant and effective.