From Despair to Hope: the story of Neema Lucas from Shinyanga, Tanzania


Imagine that you are a 15-year-old girl married to a 37-year-old man.  As a young girl, you grew up dreaming of becoming a teacher, but this hope shattered when your parents forced you to drop out of school after Grade 7 –at the age of 14—to get married. Your life changed in an instant.  You now rely on your husband to meet your basic needs, but he spends most of his money on alcohol and other women.  You can not [...]

Children forming a circle and joining hands outside in Zambia

Our next phase in early childhood development: Diving deeper into quality and expanding to birth-to-3


Over the last few years, Firelight has been working with partners in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia to implement and improve early childhood development (ECD) programs and services for vulnerable children. Read our Initiative Overview for more information on how our partners support ECD. Our conversations with our partners, our site visits, and the quantitative and qualitative feedback we have gathered have helped us to more deeply understand the strengths and challenges facing our community-based organization (CBO) partners, and the children and families [...]

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Reflections on recent site visits to education partners in Tanzania


Our partners in our Grassroots Innovations in Early Learning initiative are implementing a range of innovative approaches to improve children’s early development and learning in Tanzania. Recently, I had the honor of visiting three of these partners, and getting a first-hand look at some of the wonderful work that they are doing. In Dar-es-Salaam, I spent some time with Organization for Community Development (OCODE). OCODE works with communities and local government to improve the learning environment in early primary, focusing particularly on [...]




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