The Cradle Project

Art and its Power to Inspire Change

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I had a chance to see The Cradle Project exhibit this past week in Washington, DC and it was moving. The twenty-eight empty cradles made from found and discarded materials powerfully call attention to the nearly 12 million African children orphaned by AIDS. We’ve shared a few photos from the exhibit on our Facebook pageso that you can see them.The cradles have inspired many conversations among the community and government leaders from around the world who gathered around them. When [...]

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The International AIDS Agenda and A Call to Support Community-Based Organizations

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Two days before the International AIDS conference, while The Cradle Project opened at the Washington Studio School in DC, some Firelight advisors, board, staff and grantees met with 450 other delegates at a two-day symposium of the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS. Firelight is a founding member of the Coalition and our Director, Peter Laugharn, just completed his term as the Chair of the Coalition, which believes that children need to be made a higher priority in the international [...]

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Bridging the Gap at AIDS 2012

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Monday morning, Firelight Foundation and the American Jewish World Service will present at the International AIDS conference. Bridging the Gap: Empowering 600 Million Adolescent Girls to Lead an AIDS-free Generation will demonstrate both why we must invest in girls and how to develop effective girl-centered programming. Globally, the distinct economic, social, and cultural vulnerability of 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries makes them particularly susceptible to HIV. Yet, the development community has failed to build girl-centered strategies into its HIV [...]

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The Cradles are Coming

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Twenty-one cradles are being packed and will soon be shipped to Washington, DC for the beautiful art exhibit, The Cradle Project. Alongside the XIX International AIDS Conference taking place this month in Washington, DC, which will draw thousands of scientists and advocates to the city, we have  partnered with Aid for Africa and the Washington Studio School to sponsor an art installation that draws attention to the plight of the estimated 12 million children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS in [...]

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The Cradle Project

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Two brothers, eight and eleven years old from Kibera, Nairobi, are a memorable pair. One can sculpt anything from the small ball of clay he carries in his pocket for a small fee. His older brother builds small airplanes that actually fly out of scrap metal. The boy’s talents were well known in their community. Photographer Naomi Natale learned about the two boys when she traveled to Kenya to document the stories of children who had lost their parents and were [...]

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