Posts Tagged as “Success Stories

Fund: Child Safety Impact Report (infographic)

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You may remember our Fund: Child Safety last year. It closed with $25,000 raised to protect children in four countries in Africa. The Firelight partners involved took on four different strategies and spent the year making an impact. You can read what they did in the Fund Impact Report we just released. Fund: Child Safety and the 79 donors who donated, made many great projects possible including safe parks for children, family support circles promoting child rights and a building where free legal services are provided for vulnerable children. That’s just part of [...]

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2 Goats, 2 Pigs, 4 Bikes, and an Investment in the Future

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“It is too hard to choose. Let me just say that I want to teach everything. I want to be a teacher of everything.” – Chalwe, 11-years-old When Chalwe’s parents were diagnosed with HIV, they immediately worried for their six children, unsure who would care for them. The staff at Luapula Foundation encouraged them to form a support group to help them face their fears and look to the future. They reached out to ten others they knew to be [...]

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How We Identify Great Leaders: Moses Zulu, Luapula Foundation

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Setting up tents for real-time testing allows Luapula to reach people who would otherwise not be reached. When we first encountered Luapula, we saw some of the crucial elements that lead to lasting change: a clear vision, committed leadership and strong roots in the community. They had already gotten started with a few donations from the community, family members and their personal savings, operating that first year with three volunteers and a budget of $2,850. That personal investment and belief in [...]

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Partner Success Story: Luapula Foundation

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LUAPULA FOUNDATION WAS A FIRELIGHT GRANTEE-PARTNER FROM 2003 TO 2008. WE ASKED MOSES ZULU, LUAPULA’S DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER, TO REFLECT ON HIS PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRELIGHT AND THE IMPACT OF LUAPULA FOUNDATION IN THE COMMUNITY. Here’s what he said… Moses Zulu, Director and Co-founder, Luapula Foundation The idea of starting Luapula Foundation came in 1999. The hospital had just opened the first HIV testing facility. We knew something was going on when we weren’t able to treat what we thought was a chronic tuberculosis [...]

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Investing in Young Children, Investing in New Partnerships

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Firelight provides grants, capacity building, mentorship, and networks to grantee partners. Building effective organizations that make real change for children and families is a challenging, long-term effort. That’s why we look for organizations already doing good work with scarce resources, invest in them, and establish seven-year partnerships through which we can grow together. One of our promising new partnerships is the Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA). TAHEA is based in the Mwanza District in northwest Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Victoria. The fishing communities on the lake [...]

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