Grant-makers, International NGO
Abused Children, Child Heads of Household, Disabled, Elderly, Herd boys, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, People living with HIV, Students, Women, Youth
Relevant Relationships in Lesotho Text:
Touch Roots Africa (Metsong Africa), Lesotho Durham Link, Lesotho Society of Mentally Handicapped Persons, Crossroads Lesotho, NGO Coalition on the Rights of a Child, Lesotho Save the Children, Lesotho Youth For Christ, Nazareth Support Group, Lesotho Child Counselling Unit, Thetsane West Multi-Purpose Association, Lesotho Girl Guides Association, Anti Drug Abuse Association of Lesotho, Mohoma Temeng, Hlalefang Makaota – Tebang, Ts’osane Support Group, Matelile Tajane Development Trust, Botleng Support Group, Society for Women and AIDS in Africa Lesotho, Manyeloi a Manyane Day-Care Center, Monna Ka Khomo, Lesotho Society of Mentally Handicapped Persons, Phopholetsa HIV/AIDS Support Group, Khutsong Sekamaneng Women in Action Against Poverty, Ha Mantilatilane Child Rescue Centre, Lesotho Durham Link, Lesotho Youth For Christ, Lesotho Durham Link Coalition
Agriculture, Disabled, Education, Environment, Food, HIV/AIDS, Home-based Care, Livelihoods, Sanitation, Social Welfare, Training, Water Supplies, Youth Activity
The mission of the Firelight Foundation is to support and advocate for the needs and rights of children who are orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. 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.
Firelight Foundation focuses on supporting and advocating for the needs and rights of children who are orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS. Our current geographic focus is Sub-Saharan Africa- the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Firelight is working to address this crisis through three main program areas:
- Monitoring, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (META)
- Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
Activities in Lesotho:
In our first eight years of grantmaking (2000-2007), Firelight made 705 grants to organizations serving children in 12 countries in eastern and southern Africa. These grants totaled more than US$8.66 million.
In Fiscal Year 2007 (October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007), Firelight awarded 70 new grants and 112 renewal grants to community-based organizations in 10 countries, totaling US$2.15 million.
MONITORING, EVALUATION, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (META)
One of Firelight’s most important goals is to nurture strong, sustainable grassroots organizations in order to contribute to a richer, more expansive community response to the needs of vulnerable children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Firelight has a stated commitment both to meet groups ‘where they are’ and also to leave groups stronger than when we first entered into partnership.
To this end, Firelight’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (META) Program remains focused on strengthening the organizational development of grantee-partners, especially their capacity to monitor and evaluate their own programs. Because our partners are at various levels of capacity, are at different stages in their partnership with Firelight, and are carrying out a variety of programs, we strive to have realistic and appropriate expectations for the diverse set of organizations that we fund. The META Program has a direct role in helping to prepare grantee-partners to sustain their programs and mobilize other resources, thus aiding their eventual transition from reliance on Firelight funding.
ADVOCACY AND STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
Firelight is convinced that services provided by community organizations for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS are extremely effective but under-recognized and under-funded. It is clear that there are too few mechanisms for getting resources to these life-saving activities. Through our advocacy, we strive to mentor other funders in our grassroots-focused approach to grantmaking by participating in funders’ conferences, committees, and other forums as a way of sharing our work and influencing the field.
On key issues such as the limitations of orphanages and benefits of community care, we engage in advocacy through our outreach, publications, and participation in joint campaigns. And we seek to provide a platform for our grantee-partners to share their expertise and perspectives through publications, conferences, and networking.
This organisation’s info updated on: Wed, Jun 17, 2009. Please disregard the date below.
Scott J Pietka, Grants Administrator
t: +1 831 429 8750
f: +1 831 4289 2036
740 Front Street, Suite 380
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Resource Organisation in Lesotho: Touch Roots Africa (TRA)
Mawinnie Kanetsi, Executive Director
Palesa Mphohle, Programme Director
f: +266 2231 1115
PO Box 4598
22 Mabile Road