You raised $17,420 to support children living with HIV in Zambia to have the long, healthy life they deserve with the family, school, and community critical to their success.
This Fund closed on November 6, 2014.Read the Success Update
Two communities ending childhood HIV. Beatrice created Bwafwano Integrated Services Organization when she saw that mothers were instrumental in ending transmission from parent to child. Christopher ensures that knowledge about treatment and resources are shared widely by training caregivers to manage pediatric AIDS at Matero Care Center. These two leaders make healthy beginnings a reality for children in Zambia.
Our Advisory Council, Board, staff, and program consultants help strengthen community-based organizations for long term impact. Their expertise helps Firelight partners leverage their knowledge base to sustain their work.
Louis provides mentorship and training expertise to Firelight partners in Zambia.
Director of Programs
Santa Cruz, California
Zanele works closely with Firelight partners in Zambia to strengthen their work with children and families.
Advisory Council & Board Member
Geoff provides oversight and recommendations on community-based pediatric healthcare to Firelight Board and staff.
Fundraisers supported Fund: Healthy Beginnings to help children living with HIV receive the comprehensive community support they need to live long, happy, and healthy lives.
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We closed Fund: Healthy Beginnings today with great success! Thanks to all of you, we beat our goal of $15,000 to support children living with HIV in Zambia. Fund: Healthy Beginnings opened on September 17th and closed November 6, 2014 with $17,420! We’re now preparing the paperwork to send the funds to our two participating partners, Matero Care Center and Bwafano Integrated Services Organization in Zambia. These two partners will use the funds to provide children living with HIV the healthcare, education, and community [...]
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When we talk about HIV and AIDS, the conversation is often about testing and treatment. That’s important, but it’s not the whole story. Testing and treatment provide children a healthy life, but family, school, and community are critical to success. We just launched Fund: Healthy Beginnings to raise $15,000 to support children living with HIV in Zambia. Here’s a glimpse of what this Fund will do… Support parents accessing treatment to prevent transmission of HIV Train caregivers to manage pediatric HIV and AIDS at home Provide children [...]