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Communities ending child marriage in Tanzania

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In 2016, the rate of child marriage in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania was 59%.  In other words, for every 100 girls below the age of 18, 59 of them were taken from their families and were married too early, often to much older men.  These vulnerable young girls quickly became more at risk of teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, and sexually transmitted infections.  But we believe that while the reasons behind the practice are deeply entrenched, they can be overcome. Supporting [...]

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Using data to improve early childhood development in Malawi

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Why is Firelight investing in early childhood development? Abundant scientific evidence illustrates the outsized influence of early childhood programs on lifelong development, especially in low- and middle-income countries.  But in sub-Saharan Africa, early childhood development (ECD) remains the least prioritized, least coordinated, and least resourced component of the education sector, with less than 12% of children accessing quality ECD services.  In response to this gap and opportunity, Firelight partnered with the Hilton Foundation and the Bainum Family Foundation to build the [...]

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Celebrating empowerment in action on International Women’s Day

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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. My name [...]

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