Letter from Kerry Olson, Founder and President Emeritus
Dear Friends and Family,
This month I will be marking a milestone birthday—my 60th. In lieu of presents or a party, I’m asking my friends and family to join me in celebrating the gift of hope by making a donation to Firelight on this link to my birthday fund campaign: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/kerrybirthdayfund
The past several months have been challenging for many of us, awakening a profound awareness of the fragility of the things we take for granted and a renewed sense [...] READ MORE
Firelight featured in Alliance magazine’s issue on community philanthropy
This month, Firelight was deeply honored to be included in Alliance magazine’s special edition issue on community philanthropy – #ShiftThePower: The Rise of Community Philanthropy – published on the heels of the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy held in South Africa. This special issue of Alliance examines the rise of community philanthropy – the practice of empowering communities to achieve the outcomes they believe are important – through the lens of numerous respected voices in the field.
In Executive Director Nina [...] READ MORE
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