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“Children have a right to their education” – Tanzanian communities engage government to provide quality education service delivery

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Firelight is humbled to support our community-based organization (CBO) grantee-partners in strengthening the critical role that they play navigating and influencing the systems around them, especially in engaging with government stakeholders to ensure quality education provision for young children. “Social accountability” refers to actions initiated by communities to hold public officials, politicians, and service providers accountable for their performance in terms of delivering services, improving welfare, and protecting human rights. In our early learning initiative in Tanzania, we supported the [...]

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Long-term, respectful, learning partnerships – how Firelight works with communities to achieve impactful and sustainable change

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In July 2018, Firelight Board Member and longtime donor Molly Efrusy (President, Efrusy Family Foundation) visited our community-based organization (CBO) grantee-partners in Malawi who are working on early childhood development center quality and on girls’ access to secondary education.  We are thrilled to have Molly share reflections from her visit: Through my philanthropic work over the years, I have been concerned about two problems in particular that are rampant in the “aid” or “development” community: one, the significant unintended consequences resulting [...]

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“I am persistent and determined to succeed in life” – celebrating safe, strong children affected by HIV in Lesotho

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Last month, the worldwide community of experts in HIV and AIDS came together for the 22nd International AIDS conference — “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” — in Amsterdam.  In a press conference about the state of the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, Aleya Khalifa of UNICEF shared: “The world is committed to ending AIDS by 2030.  However, demographic shifts in various regions could threaten this global progress.  In particular, the child population in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase from 500 million [...]

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