Posts Tagged as “communities

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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Transect Walk

Engaging children in community mapping and other participatory methodologies

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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. 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 [...]

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SAWA - Learning through Play

Community-driven innovations in early learning in Tanzania: Opportunities, lessons, and thoughts for the future

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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 [...]

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Students are Making a Global Impact

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We kicked off our Local is Global campaign this month to involve our community in efforts to support African grassroots organizations supporting children and families living with HIV. This past weekend we tabled on the UCSC campus and downtown Santa Cruz to spread the word! Our student interns and campaign leaders, Kathryn Kemper and Karen Cortez, worked with a team of more than 30 UCSC student volunteers to create some great projects including a fact wheel about the effects of HIV, [...]

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Initiative Overview: Grassroots Innovations in Early Learning

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Firelight is working with 12 grassroots organizations in Tanzania to improve children’s school readiness, literacy, and numeracy outcomes. Each partner takes a holistic and innovative approach to increase community involvement in children’s early learning. Tanzania has made impressive strides to increase enrollment at the primary school level. However the rapid increase has not included sufficient investments to improve education quality. As a result, children leave school without age-appropriate reading, writing, or arithmetic skills. Uwezo, an education policy organization in East Africa, [...]

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