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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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Firelight featured in Alliance magazine’s issue on community philanthropy

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This month, Firelight was deeply honored to be included in Alliance magazine’s special edition issue on community philanthropy – #ShiftThePower: The Rise of Community Philanthropy – published on the heels of the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy held in South Africa.  This special issue of Alliance examines the rise of community philanthropy – the practice of empowering communities to achieve the outcomes they believe are important – through the lens of numerous respected voices in the field. In Executive Director Nina [...]

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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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Strengths and challenges faced by parents of young children in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia

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Firelight is working with 18 grassroots organizations in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia to strengthen their programs in early childhood development and their organizational management. Parents and other primary caregivers, and the relationships they establish with their children, are fundamental to children’s lifelong development and well-being. Through Firelight’s Community-Based Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative, our partners in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia are engaging in a range of strategies to support, empower, and build the capacities of parents and primary caregivers to provide [...]

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ICS Presentation on Skillful Parenting Practices

Firelight partners present on child protection work at REPSSI conference

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Firelight’s Resilience Initiative provides funding and capacity building support to grassroots organizations in Tanzania working to ensure children realize the fulfillment of their rights and their potential within a safe, caring, and protective environment. This past August, the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) organized an international forum in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe that brought together participants from 23 different countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and America to discuss and share their experiences of working to lessen the social and emotional impacts of [...]

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