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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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Inside Philanthropy – The Firelight Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Grantmaking: Three Takeaways

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Originally published by Inside Philanthropy, written by Sue-Lynn Moses Global funding for HIV/AIDS causes, both on the governmental and nongovernmental level, has suffered some rather serious blows in recent years. It’s not all bad news here, as viable treatment options have improved and become more affordable, access to treatment has increased globally, AIDS related deaths are decreasing, and the number of children under five dying from HIV has declined. However, a huge monkey wrench in all of this forward progress is the [...]

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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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