Small is Beautiful
With no paid staff and a one-room office in its founder’s home, Firelight Foundation grantee Ts’osane Support Group (TSG) is an example of a small organization that has grown—not in size, but in the depth of support they provide for local children in need.
For a decade, TSG volunteers have operated on a shoe-string budget, focusing their attention on households made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS in their community, which is a township on the outskirts of Lesotho’s capital city, Maseru.
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New Graduates Leads to New Partners
Several of our grantee-partners have graduated from our seven-year model over the last few years and that has opened up some room for new partnerships at Firelight. We looked at the regions where Firelight needed to be more involved in and selected Lesotho, Tanzania and Malawi.
In February, we invited Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) and received 256 responses, keeping our program team very busy reading. LOIs are three pages long to prevent too much of a burden on applying groups. They’re meant [...] READ MORE
Earth Day Every Day
Earth Day reminds us to appreciate the Earth and rethink ways to reuse, reduce, and recycle. For some of our grantee partners in Africa, Earth Day is a way of life. Something done each day to support the growth and development of not only sustainable farming techniques, but also to find healthful access to food, education, and shelter.
To celebrate Earth Day, here are three stories of Firelight grantee partners from Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
Lake Nyanza Environmental & Sanitation Organization (LANESO) is [...] READ MORE
Lesotho Responds to Disability
I just returned from visiting Firelight grantee partners in Malawi, Lesotho, and South Africa. We try to visit grantee partners at least once a year because seeing groups in their communities shows us their impact in a way a project proposal cannot. It deepens our understanding of local context, brings light to intricacies and challenges faced by our partners, and also lets us develop a more personal relationship between the foundation and staff of the community-based organizations we fund.
Since I’ve [...] READ MORE