Fund: Child Safety

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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. 


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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.

Justice for Children Trust
Provides legal services to children in remote rural communities by training paralegals to manage simple cases. Operates mobile legal clinics to provide expert legal service.

Founded in 2002
10 staff
180 volunteers
Located in Harare, Zimbabwe
Paralegals trained as trainers
Community members educated about children’s rights
Children who have received free legal services
Lupwa Lwabumi Trust
Helps vulnerable families to develop parenting skills, creating safe and nurturing home environments and income generating strategies to meet children's needs.

Founded in 2004
5 staff
12 volunteers
Located in Lusaka, Zambia
Child protection committees established
Community members trained in child protection
Children accessing safe parks
Kwa Wazee
Trains girls in self-defense and boys in peaceful conflict resolution. Helps communities to create child protection committees to protect children from harm.

Founded in 2003
9 staff
180 volunteers
Located in Nshamba Village, Tanzania
Youth facilitators trained
Girls trained in self defense
Boys and girls in Tatu Tano (children’s support groups)
Offers a place of healing, where children receive therapeutic counseling to overcome the impact of violence in their lives. Working with parents, they help to provide nurturing support to their children.

Founded in 1994
11 staff
Located in Khayelitsha, South Africa
Children screened
Children in counseling
Successfully treated

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.

Wairimu Mungai

Advisory Council Member
Thika, Kenya

Wairimu Mungai recommends child protection best practices and key issues to Firelight Board and staff.

Aili Langseth

Program Officer
Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Aili Langseth manages Firelight investments in child protection, child rights, and psychosocial support.

Maxwell Matewere

Program Consultant
Blantyre, Malawi

Maxwell Materwere helps community organizations improve their child protection programming.

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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.