Posts written by “Firelight


Reflecting on World AIDS Day

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On World AIDS Day this December 1st, we at Firelight reflect on the progress we have made and how far we have yet to go in bringing lifesaving treatment and crucial services to some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.  We stand strongly by our partners in Africa who have been providing essential support—education, economic empowerment, nutritional support, and protective safety nets—to children in communities affected by HIV and AIDS.  We believe that when communities—and the grassroots organizations [...]

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Announcing Joshua Kyallo as Firelight’s Managing Director

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As Firelight continues its stated commitment to expand its staff and leadership in Africa and as we continue to refine our future strategy to support African community-based organizations that are impacting children’s lives, we are incredibly pleased to announce the appointment of Joshua Kyallo as Firelight’s Managing Director. Joshua is a Kenyan-born international development specialist with 25 years’ experience providing strategic, program, fundraising and people management leadership to international organizations in Africa and the USA.  Joshua has over 25 years [...]

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

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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 [...]

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Mother’s Day Inspiration in Photos

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  Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Firelight! Here are a few of our favorite photos and quotes to celebrate mothers around the world. “Mother is God number two.” Malawi Proverb “Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do.” Author Unknown “A mother holds her children’s hands for a while… their hearts forever.” Author Unknown Tell us some of your favorite quotes to celebrate mothers!  

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Joining the Call to Increase Funding for the Community Response to Ebola

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International funders are calling on the philanthropic community to intensively fund on-the-ground organizations in Africa to support a sustainable response to Ebola and other crises. We’ve joined this call and hope others will join us to support this important call to action. It’s been a year since WHO first reported on the Ebola epidemic. Communities are still tackling this issue and it’s their local solutions that will lead the end to this epidemic. As this New York Times story shows, “Empty Ebola Clinics in Liberia Are Seen as Misstep in [...]

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