Makes grants for family and community based projects eg. With support from the Firelight Foundation, the Janja Center purchased a water tank to improve the children's access to clean water. Firelight also funded solar panels to provide electricity for the Center's office, dormitories, and classroom used as an evening study room.
One of the most effective ways to provide sustainable support to children in Africa is to strengthen the community's own support system. Civic groups, religious organizations, traditional leadership, and concerned community members mobilize life-changing action on behalf of children and families in need. Firelight strives to increase the resources available to grassroots organizations that are strengthening the capacity of families and communities to care for children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and poverty.
Every child, regardless of race, creed, or country, deserves the promise of a future. We currently give initial one-year grants of between $1,000 and $10,000 to community-based initiatives that work directly and effectively to support the fundamental needs and rights of children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. We believe that grassroots programs arising in direct response to needs within the local community are often the most effective. Firelight supports this vital work with initial one-year grants and renewal grants based on funding needs and opportunities for shared learning.