Reflecting on World AIDS Day
On World AIDS Day this December 1st, we at Firelight reflect on the progress we have made and how far we have yet to go in bringing lifesaving treatment and crucial services to some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. We stand strongly by our partners in Africa who have been providing essential support—education, economic empowerment, nutritional support, and protective safety nets—to children in communities affected by HIV and AIDS. We believe that when communities—and the grassroots organizations [...] READ MORE
Announcing Joshua Kyallo as Firelight’s Managing Director
As Firelight continues its stated commitment to expand its staff and leadership in Africa and as we continue to refine our future strategy to support African community-based organizations that are impacting children’s lives, we are incredibly pleased to announce the appointment of Joshua Kyallo as Firelight’s Managing Director. Joshua is a Kenyan-born international development specialist with 25 years’ experience providing strategic, program, fundraising and people management leadership to international organizations in Africa and the USA.
Joshua has over 25 years [...] READ MORE
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
Our next phase in early childhood development: diving deeper into quality and expanding to birth-to-3
Studies show early childhood development (ECD) is critical to a child’s ability to succeed in school and has implications on achievement later in life. This is especially true for children who have been affected by poverty, violence, and HIV and AIDS. However, few children have access to quality early childhood services in Africa, especially in rural areas. Today, less than 12% of African children have access to Early Childhood Care and Education Services. Over the last few years, Firelight has [...] READ MORE
Reflections on recent site visits to education partners in Tanzania
Our partners in our Grassroots Innovations in Early Learning initiative are implementing a range of innovative approaches to improve children’s early development and learning in Tanzania. Recently, I had the honor of visiting three of these partners, and getting a first-hand look at some of the wonderful work that they are doing.
In Dar-es-Salaam, I spent some time with Organization for Community Development (OCODE). OCODE works with communities and local government to improve the learning environment in early primary, focusing particularly on [...] READ MORE