What is the Stephen Lewis Foundation?
The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a non profit charitable organization supporting community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa. They provide care and support to women, orphans, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, they have committed and distributed more than $100 million to 1700 initiatives, and partnered with over 325 community-based organizations in 15 African countries. To find out more click here
Why have we decided to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation?
We are connecting with the Foundation because we feel confident that our help reaches the grandmothers and children most in need. For example, the Foundation helps grandmothers provide school fees for their grandchildren, secure food, provide opportunities to earn a living and assist them with counseling and much needed social and health care support. To learn more about specific projects and how the money is used to help community-based organizations click here to read Voices From the Frontlines
Calculating Administrative Costs
Many have asked how much of the money raised for the Foundation goes toward administrative costs. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is one of very few charitable organizations that is able to keep their administrative costs as low "as humanly possible". Their costs have been broken down into three categories: core administration, fundraising or funds development, and program funding. Click here to read a letter by Stephen Lewis himself on where the money goes.
WHAT IS THE GRANDMOTHERS CAMPAIGN?
The Grassroot Grannies, launched in 2006, is part of the grandmother movement sweeping Canada. There are currently over 240 similar granny groups across Canada involving more than 10,000 people. To date close to $39M has been raised through the Grandmothers Campaign.
Did You Know?
In 2017, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV worldwide. Since the start of the global AIDS epidemic an estimated 78 million have been infected and 35 million have died of AIDS-related illnesses.
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to roughly 70% of all people living with HIV, but only 15% of the global population.
To read the most recent (2016) UN AIDS Fact Sheets
Ottawa-Gatineau Region Grandmothers Network (O-GRGN)
The O-GRGN is a a loosely formed network of 19 granny groups in the Ottawa - Gatineau region spreading out from as far west as Perth, north to Deep River and Pembroke, south to Morrisburg and east to Metcalfe and Quebec in the towns of Aylmer and Wakefield. The O-GRGN convenes meetings of key leaders in the regional granny groups, hosts the Granny Fest, a learning and sharing one day conference every 18 months and organizes from time to time information and awareness events.
The grandmothers groups share three goals
- Raise funds to meet the needs of African grandmothers and children in their care
- Raise awareness about the expertise and leadership of Africa's grandmothers and their struggle to secure a hopeful and healthy future their children in their care
- Build solidarity among grandmothers in order to better understand and sustain the vital work being done at the grassroots to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa
GRAN's Hot Issues
GRAN is currently focusing on 3 major priorities
1. Access to Medicine
2. Education for All
3. Violence against Women
Grandmothers Advocacy Network - Mouvement de soutien des grands-meres, or GRAN is a independent, civil society organization dedicated to bringing about meaningful change that enhances the quality of life for grandmothers and children orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. GRAN is a network of grandmothers and grand-others from coast-to-coast, advocating at the local and national levels.
GRAN is a member of three Canadian coalitions: the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Global Treatment Access Group and the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, and routinely partner with other NGOs and CSOs to accomplish their work
Did you know? Only 10% of funds raised for the Grandmothers Campaign are used for administrative overhead.
As the COVID-19 spreads across sub-Saharan Africa, the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s community-based partners are best placed to protect and support the most vulnerable populations. People affected by HIV and AIDS are particularly at risk, and must not disproportionately suffer the impacts of COVID-19. The Stephen Lewis Foundation needs your support to make sure that our grassroots partners have the resources they need to keep vulnerable communities healthy and safe during these challenging times. Learn more here
Due to Covid-19 the Grassroot Grannies' very successful
3-day bike ride fundraising event
Ride To Turn the Tide, was changed.
In its place is a new one-day cycle event called
All in this Together Ride
held on September 9/11, 2020.
We raised over $66,000
The Grassroot Grannies have turned their attention to making face masks. To read more about it here and how you can get them click here.