Empowering Malawian community-based organizations to create secondary school education pathways for vulnerable girls
Charity Mankhokwe is a 19-year-old girl pursuing her dream of a career in the tourism sector. This milestone seemed incredibly distant a few years ago, when her parents could barely afford her secondary education. However, a loan from a Firelight community-based grantee – Foundation for Community Livelihood and Development (FOCOLD) – empowered her parents to start their own small enterprise and brighten their family’s future. Their hard work in their self-started grocery shop is what paves the way for Charity [...] READ MORE
Community dialogues from Shinyanga, Tanzania – Actively involving communities in the fight against child marriage
In the Shinyanga region of Tanzania, Firelight is partnering with a cluster of 13 community-based organizations (CBOs) that are fighting against the scourge of child marriage and to protect and uphold the rights of girl children in their communities. Firelight and its partners chose Shinyanga because it has the highest rates of child marriage in Tanzania.
What is participatory research?
Participatory research is an approach to research in communities that emphasizes participation and action. It seeks to understand the world by trying to change it, [...] READ MORE
Introducing Firelight’s new board members and board chair
Firelight is thrilled to announce the addition of three new members to our Board of Directors – Paru Yusuf, Jimmy Kolker, and Elisa de Martel. All three of these professionals come to Firelight with a history of extensive accomplishments in politics, international development, philanthropy, and technology. Their expertise is invaluable to Firelight, and we are truly humbled that they have joined us in our mission of investing in communities to improve the health, education, well-being, and resilience of children and [...] READ MORE