Celebrating empowerment in action on International Women’s Day
empower: to make someone stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights
Today in honor of International Women’s Day, we celebrate Julienne Bamurange—director of Young Women Destination, one of Firelight’s community-based organization partners in Rwanda—and her journey of self-empowerment. She, with Firelight’s support, is now empowering dozens of other young girls to take charge of their own destinies. Here in her own words (translated from the original French), Julienne proudly shares her story with Firelight.
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Ambassador Jimmy Kolker on why CBOs are the best investment for African development
Firelight is honored that Ambassador Jimmy Kolker — after a long career in the U.S. government as a diplomat and at UNICEF as Chief of the HIV and AIDS Section —joined the Board of Directors in February 2017. Below we share Ambassador Kolker’s thoughts on why he supports Firelight and why he believes funding community-based organizations is essential to development in sub-Saharan Africa.
I’ve had a wonderful but unusual career – 30 years as a Department of State Foreign Service officer, [...] READ MORE
Improving access to early childhood education for children affected by HIV and AIDS
Spiwe Ernest was born to a family deeply affected by the HIV and AIDS crisis that has ravaged sub-Saharan Africa. Her mother was HIV positive, and when revealed her status to her husband, he abused her and fled, leaving her to fend for six children, including their youngest—Spiwe. Fortunately, Spiwe was HIV negative, due to her mother’s participation in a prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) program in her community. Spiwe’s mother, unable to take care of six children [...] READ MORE