Posts written by “Firelight


Fund: Healthy Beginnings is a Success

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We closed Fund: Healthy Beginnings today with great success! Thanks to all of you, we beat our goal of $15,000 to support children living with HIV in Zambia. Fund: Healthy Beginnings opened on September 17th and closed November 6, 2014 with $17,420! We’re now preparing the paperwork to send the funds to our two participating partners, Matero Care Center and Bwafano Integrated Services Organization in Zambia. These two partners will use the funds to provide children living with HIV the healthcare, education, and community [...]

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Orphanage Vs Community Based Childcare: The Experience of JeCCDO

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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 [...]

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Our Champion for Fund: Healthy Beginnings

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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 [...]

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Fund: Healthy Beginnings is Now Open

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When we talk about HIV and AIDS, the conversation is often about testing and treatment. That’s important, but it’s not the whole story. Testing and treatment provide children a healthy life, but family, school, and community are critical to success. We just launched Fund: Healthy Beginnings to raise $15,000 to support children living with HIV in Zambia. Here’s a glimpse of what this Fund will do… Support parents accessing treatment to prevent transmission of HIV Train caregivers to manage pediatric HIV and AIDS at home Provide children [...]

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The Artists Behind The Cradle Project

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There are over 500 artists behind The Cradle Project. At each exhibit, we invite local artists to make a cradle, expanding the exhibit, and the community around it. The new cradles, ideas, and people who become a part of The Cradle Project become a part of the impact it makes. The reality of HIV and poverty in Africa is less and less visible in the U.S. and the cradles bring it back into our minds in a way only art can, [...]

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