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Orphanage Vs Community Based Childcare: The Experience of JeCCDO

Mulugeta Gebru is the Executive Director of JERUSALEM CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (JECCDO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In August, a study comparing children’s experiences growing up in orphanages versus foster care was discussed on NPR, Study: Kids in Orphanages Can Do as Well as Those in Foster Care.

We asked Mulugeta Gebru for his thoughts on the study. Mulugeta is the Executive Director of Firelight partner, Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization or JeCCDO in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He’s also a [...]

Photo Friday

This week’s dose of inspiration.

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” -Edmund Lee

Take It Forward Tuesday

A weekly NewsFlash with timely tips, news, resources, and ideas to help African communities take it forward!

With the current revolutionary use of mobile devices, mobile learning is becoming one of the most popular methods for schools. This week’s NewsFlash is about several viewpoints on the use of mobile technology for education in Africa.

What you’ll find in this week’s NewsFlash…

The insider’s guide to mobile learning (m-learning) in Africa: an interview with Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, chairman, Planet Earth Institute An opinion [...]

Our Champion for Fund: Healthy Beginnings

Melanie & her father, who will travel with her to Zambia next year.

Fund: Healthy Beginnings is now open and Melanie Gross is the Fund Champion who’s raising the roof for children living with HIV in Zambia. Here’s why Melanie chose Fund: Healthy Beginnings and why it’s important to her.

“Firelight provided me the opportunity to give back in a way that was impactful and personally meaningful in a community that is near and dear to me.”

Why did you [...]

Photo Friday

This week’s dose of inspiration.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford

Mobile Tech Isn’t Always The Answer

Here’s what we know: mobile tools are here to stay and we need to get comfortable with them. There is value to becoming familiar with these tools and increasing your technological literacy, because sooner or later most organizations will be using them. But when your budget is limited, you need to make smart choices about where to put your resources. Sometimes the money and time you would need to spend on adopting a new mobile tool can have a greater [...]

Take It Forward Tuesday

A weekly NewsFlash with timely tips, news, resources, and ideas to help African communities take it forward.

Community-based organizations are among the first to provide support and care to families during a crisis.

For this week’s NewsFlash we thought it would be helpful to provide some facts and information about the Ebola virus as well as a manual for preventing the spread of the virus.

What you’ll find in this week’s NewsFlash…

A fact sheet about the Ebola virus from the World Health Organization A manual for infection control in [...]

Mary Yoo: Why I’m Part of Firelight

Mary Yoo talked with us about why she’s a Firelight donor in our 2012 Annual Report. She’s been a part of the Firelight community for years and has been an integral friend and partner to us throughout.

Mary Yoo

I’ve always been drawn to Africa – I love the energy and the beauty of it. It’s the children who come first for me as a donor though. We need to invest in children because they really are our future.

It was a grantee’s [...]

Photo Friday

This week’s dose of inspiration.

“Peace begins with a smile.” -Mother Teresa 

 

 

 

Take It Forward Tuesday

A weekly NewsFlash with timely tips, news, resources, and ideas to help African communities take it forward!

All children gain a better understanding of right and wrong through love, understanding, and consistent support so this week’s NewsFlash is about ending corporal punishment.

These resources have some great ideas on what you can do to help end corporal punishment in your community.

What you’ll find in this week’s NewsFlash…

1. A briefing from the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment [...]