Fund: Solar Challenge

Thank you Northland Controls Systems, Inc.
You raised $52,742!

Northland Controls Systems, Inc. partnered with Firelight to improve living conditions for children in Rwanda. Now 100 family homes are being converted to solar energy in Janja and boys in Kigali are transitioning from living on the streets into stable home environments.

Read the Fund Update

Change Fund Completeness and Countdown Values
60% Complete

Association Inkoramutima saw that household kerosene lamps were creating toxic emissions and dangerous home settings and decided to promote solar energy in their place. Les Enfants de Dieu brings boys living on the street back into community care. These two Firelight partners are ending poverty and improving children's lives. 

Association Inkoramutima
A membership organization of youth ages 12-21.

Founded in 2000
3 Staff
197 Volunteers
Located in Janja Village, Rwanda
homes converted to solar power in 2011
homes converted to solar power in 2012
manuals translated into the local language, Kinyarwanda
Les Enfants de Dieu
Supports boys formerly living on the streets to reintegrate them back into family care.

Founded in 1994
17 Staff
4 Volunteers
Located in Kigali, Rwanda
boys enrolled in primary & secondary school this year
boys received vocational training last year
boys reintegrated with their families

Our Advisory Council, staff, program consultants, and technical experts identify and select promising organizations. Their knowledge and expertise helps Firelight partners strengthen their programs and expand their networks and impact.

Amanda Hill

Program Associate
Santa Cruz, CA

Amanda helps Firelight partners in Rwanda to capture and share their impact through digital media.

Gregoire Rucamumihigo

Program Consultant
Gisenyi, Rwanda

Gregoire works with Firelight partners in Rwanda to improve their organizational capacity and develop their programs.


Advisory Council Member
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mulugeta Gebru recommends community entrepreneurial best practices and key issues to Firelight Board and staff.



Support a campaign

Northland employees set out to raise $50,000 to support two Firelight partners in Rwanda: Association Inkoramutima and Les Enfants de Dieu. 

Meet the Fundraising Team

Fund updates

All contributions to Fund: Solar Challenge will be distributed to the two participating African partners. If we reach our goal, $35,000 will be provided to Association Inkoramatuma and $15,000 will be provided to Les Enfants de Dieu. Firelight will share a final impact report with donors to show how the funds were used when the funds have been spent.