It used to be said that in Africa, there was no such thing as an orphan. This was because in many African communities, children who had lost their parents were traditionally taken in by members of their extended families, most often an aunt or an uncle. Today, however, the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on the adult population of Africa has resulted in large numbers of orphans and far fewer aunts and uncles to take them into care. It is expected that by 2010 the number of AIDS orphans in Africa will reach 25 million.
The Firelight Foundation believes children grow best in families and that the most effective strategy for addressing the needs of children made vulnerable or orphaned by HIV/AIDS and poverty is to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to provide for their care. To do this, we support grassroots organizations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa that help households and communities provide food, clothing, and shelter, education and comfort to children in need. The Foundation supports programs that are organized by local leaders, encourage communities to create appropriate solutions to problems, and strengthen the community’s capacity to address its own needs. In 2008, we helped community organizations throughout the continent reach almost 100,000 children and 50,000 caregivers.
Firelight Foundation is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.
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Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608
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