The Stephen Lewis Foundation recently entered its tenth year of existence. Over the past decade, we have partnered with over 300 grassroots organizations across sub-Saharan Africa that have worked ceaselessly to bring the voices of grandmothers and women to the forefront of the response to the AIDS pandemic. Through their tenacious and sustained work they have seen their communities through the height of the apocalypse and into meaningful and extraordinary changes.
In this issue of Grassroots, we hear from two organizations that also recently marked ten-year anniversaries: Developing Families Together, in Ethiopia, and the African Women’s Development Fund, which works across Africa. The Foundation has worked with them both since their earliest days—and since ours. They represent the characteristics that mark so many of our partners—resilience, flexibility, innovation, and steadfastness. It has been an honour to work with them and learn from them every step of the way.
“To all of this work, focused on our implacable opposition to the AIDS virus, Canadians have contributed over $87 million. So here’s the challenge: surely we should aim for $100 million to round out the decade. It means giving more. It means digging deeper. It means further sacrifice—but it also means unrelenting compassion, decency, generosity and love. And it’s truly needed.”