Stephen Lewis Foundation & The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

The Stephen Lewis Foundation: headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is named for Stephen Lewis who was a Member of Canadian Parliament, then Canadaís Ambassador to the United Nations (1984-89), Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (1995-99) and in 2001, Kofi Ananís Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa.

Committed to spending his life working with grassroots organizations to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, he co-founded the Stephen Lewis Foundation in 2003 with his daughter, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, who is Executive Director.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign: In 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation convened 100 African and 200 Canadian grandmothers, who decided to work together to support grandmothers across Africa who are caring for children who have been orphaned by AIDS.

These African grandmothers may need to care for as many as a dozen or more grandchildren who are orphaned by AIDS while they are, themselves, overwhelmed by grief, age and poverty.

Today, there are 240 grandmother groups across Canada who work passionately to provide a continuous flow of small cash infusions to the African grandmothers. In the past eight years, they have raised $19.5 million.

One hundred percent of the author royalties from GRANDMOTHER POWER are being donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundationís Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.  

News About The Stephen Lewis Foundation

Updates about the foundation featured in Grandmother Power


In May 2010, the first-ever African grandmother gathering took place in Swaziland, hosted by Siphiwe Hlophe, whose organization, SWAPOL, is featured in GRANDMOTHER POWER. Grandmothers from 13 African countries and grandmothers from across Canada met, defined an action agenda and paraded through the streets in solidarity.


Stephen Lewis invites your contribution.

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In the News:

Foundation Website: The Foundation works with 300 grassroots organizations of people infected and affected by AIDS in 15 African countries. Its work focuses on children, grandmothers, home-based care, positive living, and sexual violence. The Foundation website describes who they are, what they do, and how to get involved.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers Website: The Canadian grandmothers raise funds and awareness, plus build solidarity between African and Canadian grandmothers. Their website describes their goals, milestones, activities, and will tell you how to start a group, join a group or attend an event.

News Update: In April 2012, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis was interviewed by Torontoís newspaper, The Globe and Mail.

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