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Firelight Foundation

Category: International

The Foundation awards grants for community based initiatives that work directly and effectively to support the fundamental needs and rights of children (birth to age 21) orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS. The Foundation concentrates its grantmaking on the needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically the countries of Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Programs should address primary and secondary education; create or enhance a supportive environment for childrenís growth and development; add to vocational education and skills development; offer income-generating activities for caregivers and independent orphans; contribute to social and behavioral change; or provide recreational activities and programs that focus on psycho-social support. Also of interest are those that teach sexual abuse prevention and offer treatment; provide leadership opportunities for children; provide residential care and medical treatment for HIV-infected children; and address permanency planning and related legal aid advocacy. For organizations based in the United States that are working with partners in Africa, itís advised they tell the African partners to contact the Foundation directly for funding. Letters of intent are requested; full proposals are by invitation only.

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