Lead Partners

As Firelight partners progress through our partnership, we look for ways to continue to build on their knowledge and expertise and to share it with new Firelight partners. Both our Lead Partners and Community Grantmakers help us to identify new partners and strengthen current Firelight partners. 

Our Lead Partners and Community Grantmakers take on additional leadership responsibilities as trainers and mentors to newer Firelight partners helping them to strengthen and grow. Lead Partners and Community Grantmakers facilitate Learning Circles and exchange visits for organizations to engage them on important issues and spur discussion and interest on child-related issues. Their deeper understanding helps improve the younger organization's internal systems and strengthen their programs. Our Lead Partners and Community Grantmakers help us to identify new partners and strengthen current Firelight partners.

Tanzania Home Economics Association
Tanzania Home Economics Association
ECD Lead Partner & Community Grantmaker, Tanzania
Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA) was selected as Lead Partner for our Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative due to its high organizational capacity and strong ECD model. TAHEA plans for the sustainability of ECD centers by establishing microfinance groups with a community education fund component that pays for food and caregivers’ salaries at the centers. They provide ongoing training to caregivers by tapping into local teacher colleges for qualified trainers. TAHEA also works with mothers of 0–3 year olds through mother support groups with a strong focus on child nutrition.

As Firelight’s Lead Partner in Tanzania, TAHEA provides training, mentoring, and peer learning opportunities to a cohort of five smaller community-based organizations (CBOs) that work in ECD in the Mwanza area. They use Firelight’s capacity assessment tools and their own expertise to identify areas for organizational and programmatic development for the CBOs. They provide capacity building support to the cohort as a whole and work one-on-one with the CBOs to strengthen areas of need particular to each organization.
Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee
Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee
ECD Lead Partner, Malawi
NACC was selected as Lead Partner for our Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative due to its high organizational capacity, ability to mobilize communities around ECD, and strong programming serving children 0-6. Generally, HIV is an entry point for most of NACC’s work. They conduct HIV testing and counseling and link parents and children who are HIV positive to treatment. NACC works with families on parenting and child nutrition to ensure children hit important developmental milestones. They train community volunteers in ECD and CBCC management and engage communities to support centers with feeding programs.

As Firelight’s Lead Partner in Malawi, NACC provides training, mentoring, and peer learning opportunities to a cohort of five smaller community-based organizations (CBOs) that work in ECD in the southern region of Malawi. They use Firelight’s capacity assessment tools and their own expertise to identify areas for organizational and programmatic development for the CBOs. They provide capacity building support to the cohort as a whole on common issues and also work one-on-one with the CBOs to strengthen areas of need particular to each organization and its programs.
Luapula Foundation
Luapula Foundation
ECD Lead Partner, Zambia
Luapula Foundation was selected as Lead Partner for our Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative due to its experience and skills working to build the capacity of community-based organizations.

Luapula Foundation has been a long-standing Firelight partner. Since our initial partnership with them, in the early 2000s, Luapula has continued to grow both in capacity and reach. It started as a community-based organization and has since grown to a national organization, working in Lusaka, Central, Copperbelt, Southern, and Luapula provinces. Luapula’s mission is to empower Zambian communities to be self-reliant, and their key strategic approaches include community mobilization, programs to improve governance and promote networks, building the capacity of organizations to respond to local challenges, and building strategic partnerships among like-minded organizations.

As Firelight’s Lead Partner in Zambia, Luapula Foundation provides training, mentoring, and peer learning opportunities to a cohort of six community-based organizations (CBOs) working on ECD. Luapula identifies areas of support needed by the CBOs and then uses a range of strategies to build both organizational and programmatic capacity- including trainings, mentoring, and peer exchange visits. Luapula Foundation works closely with Firelight’s ECD consultant in Zambia to ensure partners receive extensive support in current ECD knowledge and best practices.
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Action pour le Développement du Peuple (ADEPE)
Action pour le Développement du Peuple (ADEPE)
Community Grantmaker, Rwanda
Action pour le Developpement du Peuple (ADEPE) was selected as a Community Grantmaker for our Girls Empowerment initiative because of their demonstrated strength in organizational management, strong programs serving adolescent girls, ability to assess capacity and mentor smaller organizations, and skills in developing robust networks. ADEPE served as a Lead Partner in the Grassroots Girls Initiative from 2012-2015.

As Community Grantmaker, ADEPE provides grants to 5 community organizations in Rwanda. In addition to funding, ADEPE provides organizational and programmatic capacity support to the organizations to strengthen their programs for adolescent girls. Over two years, these organizations will develop innovative models for supporting girls in building up a range of assets to reach their full potential.
Investing in Children and their Societies (ICS)
Investing in Children and their Societies (ICS)
Lead Partner & Community Grantmaker, Tanzania
As Lead Partner and Community Grantmaker, ICS strengthens the capacity of organizations in the Tanzania resilience cohort, both organizationally and programmatically. In their Lead Partner role, this organization addresses gaps in capacity that have been identified during organizational development and child protection assessments. These capacity building activities will allow the organizations in this cohort to effectively implement child protection, child rights, and psychosocial support programs.
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