A caravan of young AIDS orphans and grandmothers arrived in Vancouver on Friday at the end of a two-month tour of Canada.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation AfriGrand Caravan is in the Lower Mainland to generate awareness about the HIV-AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

The goal of the campaign is to dispel three major myths surrounding the virus: nothing ever changes, aid is ineffective, and Africans are unable to help themselves.

Swaziland’s Tsabile Victoria Simelane takes care of 30 orphans and coordinates local HIV-AIDS support groups.

“With the support of ... grassroots level foundations, we are going to see a change,” said Simelane.