Thank you so much! This fund is now closed.
Fund: Child Safety is a four-part systematic strategy to child safety: advocating for children in the courts, supporting nurturing families, increasing personal safety and backing the difficult process of recovering from violence.
Four communities working to protect children. Petronella established Justice for Children Trust when she saw that no one was looking out for them in court. Seeing families grow strong when they nurture children, Louis started Lupwa Lwabumi Trust "family is for life." These two leaders are part of the four partners stopping poverty, one child at a time.
Our Advisory Council, staff, program consultants, and technical experts identify and select promising organizations. Their knowledge and expertise helps Firelight partners develop effective programs to stop violence against children.
Advisory Council Member
Wairimu Mungai recommends child protection best practices and key issues to Firelight Board and staff.
Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Aili Langseth manages Firelight investments in child protection, child rights, and psychosocial support.
Maxwell Materwere helps community organizations improve their child protection programming.
You can start your own campaign to support the Fund: Child Safety and help communities in Africa grow their incredible work.
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 [...]
Our first Fund closed two weeks earlier than expected and we couldn’t be happier. The Fund: Child Safety opened on November 19th, 2013 and the response has been fantastic. We raised $25,000 to increase community efforts to keep children safe. The four partners involved in the fund now have more resources to strengthen their community efforts to keep children safe. We’re looking forward to keeping you informed of what they’re up to. Since we launched Fund: Child Safety in November, our community [...]
“Talking with Nancy Alpert always leaves me inspired and with a new perspective. She is one of our most loyal and thoughtful supporters. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter. A geriatric social worker for 20 years, she now writes and volunteers her time. I talked with Nancy recently about the Fund: Child Safety and explained how this Fund would make a big impact on the ground. How she responded was wonderful and so I asked her if she’d [...]
We’re four weeks into our Fund: Child Safety and the response has been exciting. So far donors have given $6,643. We’re more than 25% closer to reaching our goal. The Fund closes on January 31, 2014 and then the four groups participating, Lupwa Lwabumi Trust, Kwa Wazee, Empilweni, and Justice for Children Trust receive the funds we raise to continue their important efforts to protect children in their communities. We’ll be keeping you informed on what they are up to! Young [...]
We frequently talk about African communities, but today, I’m thinking about Firelight’s other grassroots community. The one you’re a part of. You and many others belong to a growing grassroots network, much of it online, filled with people who believe in African community organizations and who are looking for ways to support them. Today we launched a new online strategy, summed up in our new tagline: Communities stop poverty. These three simple words encapsulate our mission, our beliefs, our goals, and our message. We want [...]
All contributions to Fund: Child Safety will be equally distributed between the four participating African partners. Firelight will share a final report on their use of funds to protect children in their community with donors.