Solange. Valentine. Justine.
Genocide. HIV. War. Poverty. Rape. This is an incredible list of threats to a young girl. Many of us would struggle to survive only one of these, but on a recent trip to Rwanda I met many young women who have survived all of them – and thrived.
After Solange’s parents died, the only way she could survive was to cross the border illegally from Rwanda into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Solange was taking a “short cut” – an [...] READ MORE
Girls In Rwanda Want You To Know They are Innovative, Smart and Creative
From 2006 – 2014, Firelight Foundation was part of the Grassroots Girls Initiative, which was a partnership of six funders that believe grassroots organizations are uniquely qualified to deliver solutions for the most underserved girls in the communities where they work. Under this initiative, Firelight supported three community-based organizations in Rwanda and Malawi as they implemented quality girls’ empowerment programs. Our three partners, ADEPE, NASO, and ATT identified and recruited girls from their communities who had been made vulnerable by [...] READ MORE
Investing in African Communities: Our Recent Grants
We’re excited to announce our most recent grants totaling $200,610 to African community-based organizations supporting vulnerable children and families.
This grant award period includes twenty grants in four African countries and one grant made to a US organization to support African organizations responding to the Ebola crisis.
Thirteen of these grants support holistic programs for children and families, six support education efforts, and two support livelihood programs.
Stay tuned for news and updates on the great work of these Firelight partners!
Enukweni Community Based [...] READ MORE
Company Gives Back: Road Trips and Solar Installation in East Africa
A week ago I returned from Africa with many stories to share. I spent ten days of that trip driving through Uganda and Rwanda with 27 employees of Northland Controls, a company that travels to a new destination every two years for what they call the Northland Challenge. I had no idea what I was in for, but it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Learn more about Fund: Solar Challenge, a partnership with [...] READ MORE
Get Your “Blue Sweater” On This Friday
The Santa Cruz Community Foundation has invited us to lead their 501(c)(3) Book Club this Friday to discuss The Blue Sweater. So don’t miss your chance to talk international development with our director Peter Laugharn and his wife Marie Kagaju Laugharn!
Santa Cruz Community Foundation, 501(c)(3) Book Club: The Blue Sweater
We often hear buzz words these days reminding us to conserve, recycle, give to the less fortunate. These serve as reminders to cue actions in our daily lives that affect a world beyond [...] READ MORE