From Despair to Hope: the story of Neema Lucas from Shinyanga, Tanzania
Imagine that you are a 15-year-old girl married to a 37-year-old man. As a young girl, you grew up dreaming of becoming a teacher, but this hope shattered when your parents forced you to drop out of school after Grade 7 –at the age of 14—to get married. Your life changed in an instant. You now rely on your husband to meet your basic needs, but he spends most of his money on alcohol and other women. You can not [...] READ MORE
Engaging children in community mapping and other participatory methodologies
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.
Child participation in community-based initiatives is important, particularly for programs for children. Children provide a unique and critical perspective that can help to ensure programs and activities truly respond to their needs and priorities.
In July and August, our Shinyanga-based grantee-partners in the Resilience Initiative carried out community [...] READ MORE
Community-driven innovations in early learning in Tanzania: Opportunities, lessons, and thoughts for the future
Photo: Children learn through play at an ECD center started by Safina Women’s Association near Morogoro, Tanzania
Firelight has long believed that community organizations are incredibly well placed to understand the needs of their community and what interventions will work best.
That is why, in 2011, Firelight Foundation was thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of $1,225,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Early Learning Innovation Fund to support community-based innovative approaches that improve early learning in Tanzania.
As a result [...] READ MORE
Innovating Education, Protecting Children in Malawi and Tanzania
We’re excited to announce our most recent grants, awarding $204,000 to 15 community organizations supporting children and families in Africa! These grants focus on education and resilience initiatives in Malawi and Tanzania.
Please welcome these Firelight partners and stay tuned for news and updates on their great work!
In February, we invited seven NGOs from Malawi to participate in a weeklong human-centered design workshop. We’ve just awarded two-month planning grants to six participants to use the skills they learned in the workshop to develop [...] READ MORE
Make it Happen Monday
Our weekly partner spotlight.
This week we take a look at Lupwa Lwabumi Trust, LLT, in Lusaka, Zambia.
LLT is making it happen by strengthening vulnerable families and enhancing their care and support for children.
Lupwa Lwabumi Trust connects communities through family circles, where four or more families will support each other to develop parenting skills and create nurturing environments for all children. LLT believes the role of a community is to unite, address, and resolve local issues such as child marriage, [...] READ MORE