Talking About Success in Africa: Our Grantee-Partner Visits California

One of our graduated grantee-partners visited us last week, and it was a great week. Moses Zulu is the director and co-founder of Luapula Foundation, a Firelight grantee from 2003 to 2008.  Moses and Luapula Foundation will be featured in our annual report this year because looking back on our early partnerships provides some useful insight on the impact of our work with emerging grassroots groups in Africa. Moses is a great example of the kind of leaders taking Firelight grantee-partner organizations to great heights. We were Luapula's first funder and they have gone on to become the primary HIV testing and counseling provider in the entire Luapula Province. We knew there was something special about them.

Our week together in Santa Cruz was packed with interviews, meetings, and good times of sharing the great work happening on the ground to improve children and families lives in Africa.  Here's a snapshot of Moses's week with us.


Students sit in a university classroom, facing the chalkboard and two speakers.

Speaking at the University of California Santa Cruz, explaining how Africans view and experienced colonialism and neo-colonialism, and how the current global system continues to suppress development. Moses was on fire!

A young woman interviews an African man looking over a radio switchboard.

Followed by an interview on the number one college radio station, KZSC.

Visited the Microsoft office for their nonprofit fair.

An African man stands next to a Californian man holding a camera

Moses was interviewed by the Santa Cruz Sentinel within his first hour of arriving!

An African man speaking into a microphone, a large photo exhibited beside him and a group of people listening.

An event at local wine shop, Vino Cruz, to welcome Moses and talk about his work with the Santa Cruz community.

It was truly a great week.  Thanks Moses for traveling all the way from Mansa, Zambia to talk about your important work.