Firelight News

Letter from Kerry Olson, Founder and President Emeritus

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Dear Friends and Family, This month I will be marking a milestone birthday—my 60th.   In lieu of presents or a party, I’m asking my friends and family to join me in celebrating the gift of hope by making a donation to Firelight on this link to my birthday fund campaign: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/kerrybirthdayfund The past several months have been challenging for many of us, awakening a profound awareness of the fragility of the things we take for granted and a renewed sense [...]

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

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Studies show early childhood development (ECD) is critical to a child’s ability to succeed in school and has implications on achievement later in life.  This is especially true for children who have been affected by poverty, violence, and HIV and AIDS.  However, few children have access to quality early childhood services in Africa, especially in rural areas.  Today, less than 12% of African children have access to Early Childhood Care and Education Services.  Over the last few years, Firelight has [...]

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Students in Firelight partner programs

How are children learning? Uwezo assessment findings from our partners in Tanzania

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In Tanzania, Firelight is working to encourage, strengthen, and replicate or scale innovations in early learning among community-based organizations to improve children’s school readiness, literacy, and numeracy outcomes. Each of Firelight’s grassroots partners under this program takes a holistic and innovative approach to increasing community involvement in children’s early learning. Supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the overarching goal of our Grassroots Innovations in Early Learning Initiative is to improve reading, writing, and arithmetic levels for children in the early [...]

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31 March 2016
The 2016 Global Forum on Development
OECD Headquarters, Paris, France
Photo: OECD/Andrew Wheeler

Sustainable Development Goals – Think Globally, Act Locally

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On March 30th and 31st I had the extraordinary opportunity and honor to represent the voice of locally-focused philanthropy on two panels at the Global Forum of Development at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. As representatives gathered from member nation-states and multi-lateral institutions, I took stock of the momentous nature of the occasion. We are at a critical point in global development as we build the platforms and collaborations that will hopefully fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals and [...]

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