Aeroplan Beyond Miles Matching Day is a golden day for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. April 9 is the day to donate Miles and have them matched – Aeroplan Beyond Miles will match them up to 500,000 miles!
Aeroplan Miles are an invaluable part of our work; in fact, they make it all possible. Here is a potent example of how we use Miles to support community-based organizations working so hard to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.
Meet Ida Mukuka.
Those who do rarely forget her.
Whether in her role as a mother, counsellor, HIV-positive activist or peer educator, Ida exudes a passion and commitment that surpasses the call of duty – she simply lives what she believes. Ida is one of our Field Representatives, and she couldn’t do her job without your donated Aeroplan Miles.
From her home in Zambia, Ida travels constantly – assessing grassroots organizations for potential funding in the 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa in which we work, and visiting partner organizations in order to monitor their ongoing programmes. The relationships of trust, partnership and accountability that Ida builds are key to the way the Stephen Lewis Foundation works.
“I love this work. I don’t know any other organization that does it this way. The relationships that we build with our partners are unique, where we go is unique.”
“Grassroots organizations are situated right in the heart of their communities, and so I spend a lot of my life travelling. Planes are just the beginning; sometimes I have to travel by boat, bike, or foot to finally get to them.” Ida says. “And we don’t just go once. We come back again and again. The key to our work is our relationship. You know it is so hopeful when I go back to a project where there have been challenges and I see that they have fixed them. This gives me the motivation and strength to move forward. We are like part of them, and they are like part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.”
We thank Ida for being the face, the hands and the heart of the Foundation right at the frontlines of this work. We thank the grassroots organizations that remain in their communities, committed to turning the tide of this pandemic.
With a full heart, we thank you for providing the Miles to bring them all together.
Please continue to be part of it. On Tuesday, April 9, visit stephenlewisfoundation.org/aeroplan to donate Miles and have Aeroplan match them.
Watch a video interview with Ida as she reflects on her work, the state of the pandemic and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.