Project Description

Stephen Lewis Foundation


The Stephen Lewis Foundation aims to turn the tide on Aids in Africa. They work at a community level to provide support to people living with HIV/Aids as well as orphaned children, women and grandparents suffering the consequences of family members contracting Aids.


Toronto, Canada

Stephen Lewis Foundation
Stephen Lewis Foundation

Operating region

The foundation operates in the 15 African countries that are hit the hardest with the HIV/Aids pandemic:
• Botswana
• Ethiopia
• Kenya
• Lesotho
• Malawi
• Mozambique
• Namibia
• Rwanda
• South Africa
• Swaziland
• Tanzania
• Uganda
• Zambia
• Zimbabwe

Supported causes

The foundation supports the following causes:
• Children affected by HIV/Aids
• Grandmothers
• Home-based care
• Positive living
• Sexual violence and HIV/Aids

Grants/award programs

The foundation offers selective partnerships. Criteria include women in leadership roles and people living with HIV/Aids being represented in the organisation’s structure. It is vital that there is a solid managerial structure and financial accountability in place. No form of discrimination is tolerated in partnerships, and a strong community connection is vital.

Funded Organizations/Projects

Some of the local organisations working in partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation include:
• Women Against Rape
• Stepping Stones International
• Botswana Retired Nurses Society
• General Referral Hospital of Panzi
• HEAL Africa
• V-Day
• Developing Families Together
• Action for Bright Future Association
• Pendeza Africa
• Living Positive Kenya
• LVCT Health
• Touch Roots Africa
• Mothers2Mothers
• Malealea Development Trust
• Hope for the Elderly
• Friends of AIDS Support Trust
• Women’s Legal Resources Centre
• Rights Institute for Social Empowerment
• Kukumbi – Organisation for Rural Development
• Mozambican Treatment Access Movement
• Catholic Aids Action
• Rwanda Women Community Development Network
South Africa:
• Cotlands
• Wide Horizon Hospice
• Umtha Welanga
• Swaziland Positive Living
• The Aids Information and Support Centre
• Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse
• Shida Na Raha
• Chipole Development Program
• Action for Community Development
• MUHJU Care Limited
• Third World Images Project
• Children in Distress
• Luapula Foundation
• Musasa Project
• Mavambo Trust
• Hope Tariro Trust

Foundation’s History

The foundation was founded in 2003 by Stephen Lewis. Over 1,100 initiatives have since been funded in 15 different African countries. More than 300 community-based partnerships have been established during this time. Lewis is a professor at various educational institutions in Canada, and also the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-free World — an organisation in the United States. He has worked with the United Nations for over 20 years.