Sewing Center Masks and Pads
Light My Fire is pleased to award a second grant to Disciples of Christ in Congo (through HandUp Congo) to support the work of A Second Chance Sewing Centre and Lotumbe Sewing Centre.  The young women at the centers will produce face masks, hand washing kits, and feminine hygiene kits to help members of the rural community confront Covid 19 and Ebola.

Caesareans for Young Women
Teenagers and young women often have difficult labor and have been identified as needing caesarean births.  This Light my Fire grant will help 126 young mothers in Uganda in need of surgical assistance.

Projects for Refugee Girls
Additional Light My Fire support is being provided to refugee girls in camps in Uganda to employ them to make face masks for protection against the coronavirus.

Producing Reusable Menstrual Pads for Ugandan Refugee Camps
The Marianne Foundation in Uganda has been given a Light My Fire grant to hire girls in two refugee camps to make reusable menstrual pads to be sold at low cost to women and girls in the camps.

Emergency Assistance to Ugandan Women Living with HIV/AIDS
An emergency Light My Fire grant was made to ARWDF in Uganda to provide assistance to women living with HIV/AIDS after floods destroyed their region and prevented them from acquiring necessary anti-retroviral medications

Caesarean Deliveries in Tanzania
A new Light My Fire grant has been given to Maternity Africa to cover the cost of caesarean delivery surgery to prevent women from suffering obstetric fistula.

Producing Face Masks in Uganda
In the face of the coronavirus, Community Self-Help Initiatives in Uganda received a Light My Fire grant to enable unemployed women and teenage mothers to sew cotton face masks for sale to the community at a low cost.


Supporting Women In Uganda

Manufacturing Bar Soap
This Light My Fire grant provides training for Ugandan women with disabilities to produce sorely needed bar soap for women in their communities.

Modern Vegetable Farming
This Light My Fire grant extends the work of a successful vegetable farming project to reach another group of needy women farmers.

Training in Pig-Rearing
Training in pig-rearing is being supported by Light My Fire in Uganda.  This project aims at making 100 young single mothers self-sufficient income-earners.

Salon Management in Bolivia
Light My Fire renewed its grant to A Breeze of Hope to teach hair salon management to sexual abuse victims in Bolivia.

 Helping Fisherfolk Orphans in Uganda
An LMF grant was made to SOVHEN in Uganda to set up and operate an aquaculture unit and a hydroponic unit in Uganda.  The proceeds from the units will support education for orphaned children.

Teaching Ugandan Women Modern Vegetable Farming
AYESCOD, with an LMF grant, will supply and teach women in Uganda techniques of modern vegetable farming.

Restoring Women Traders After COVID-19 in Uganda
VESWE will support women traders with micro-loans so they may resume economic activity after the COVID – 19 lockdown.  The LMF grant will help establish a revolving loan fund for women petty traders.

Making Briquettes for Cooking in Uganda
Cooking over a fire in the family hut is unhealthy and uses precious wood. Light My Fire offered a community group a grant to teach the production of briquettes from agricultural refuse for use in simple outdoor ovens.

Tailoring for Ugandan Single Mothers
Single mothers need work they can do at home. Light My Fire‘s grant provides training in sewing and tailoring to allow single mothers to generate some income while at home caring for their children.

Helping migrants in Juarez, Mexico
Imagine being trapped near the Mexican border, with no place to go and nothing to do as you wait interminably for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S.  Light My Fire gave a grant to a program teaching mothers and their children English and other basic skills while they wait.

Goat-rearing in Uganda
Goat-rearing provides nourishing milk and, through breeding, is sustainable over time.  Light My Fire provided a grant to teach women farmers goat-rearing with a special emphasis on keeping goats free from disease.

Ugandan Sweet Potato Farming
Sweet potatoes are part of the everyday diet in rural Africa but high-grade, elite varieties of potatoes have a special market that can help women farmers earn good money.  Light My Fire’s grant to a Ugandan women’s group was for increasing production and sale of highly desirable and desired potatoes.

Garlic Farming in Uganda
Light My Fire is funding a project in garlic farming in Uganda.  The fifty women grantees are trained in land management and are provided garlic bulbs.  Garlic production is ideal because it requires little physical space.  The women grantees are caregivers for HIV orphans and will use their new income for school fees.

Climate-Smart Agriculture for Women
A grant was made to an NGO in Uganda to teach women climate-smart agriculture (growing leafy vegetables and mushrooms) to improve family nutrition and generate women’s income through the sale of these products.

Raising Pigs for Family Income
An NGO in Uganda was funded to teach women pig management and to assist them in raising pigs for sale and increased family income.


Hygiene Kit Production
A first grant was made to Congo to teach women to make feminine hygiene kits (reusable menstrual pads) for use by school girls.

Permanent Location for Sexual Abuse Treatment Program
A renewed grant was made to A Breeze of Hope in Cochabamba, Bolivia to assist the NGO in its move to a permanent location where treatment for sexually abused children will be continued and expanded.

Family Planning in Guatemala
Young indigenous women in Guatemala have little knowledge about family planning methods or access to them. This results in an extremely high teenage birth rate.  LMF grants have introduced close to 1000 young women to condom use and purchase for family planning and protection from sexually transmitted infections.

Mayan Families
Sexual Abuse Therapy in Bolivia
One out of three girls under the age of 18 is sexually abused in Bolivia. LMF provided three grants to A Breeze of Hope, the only treatment program for sexually abused girls in the country. LMF funded a talented therapist and supported an occupational program when the girls expressed their desire to learn hair salon skills for their future career independence.


Reproductive Health Clinics in Nepal
LMF gave funds to women’s clinics in remote areas of Nepal for pregnancy and maternal care including the introduction of screening for cervical cancer.  An emergency grant was made to help several clinics rebuild after the 2015 earthquake.

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Obstetric Fistula in Tanzania
LMF funded an outreach worker to visit isolated, rural areas of Tanzania and locate women suffering from obstetric fistula.  These women were provided transportation to a hospital in Arusha where they were provided free medical care.

Tanzanian patient

Health Education for Bedouin Women in Israel
LMF grants have twice supported health awareness and education projects for Bedouin women. These women, isolated in a highly patriarchal society, benefited from learning about nutrition, diabetes, genetic testing, and postpartum depression.  In its second year the workshop was housed and supported by a local mosque.


Nutrition Education in Burundi
A grant from LMF helped fund a nutrition manager at Village Health Works, founded by Deogratias Niyizonkiza, in rural Burundi.  Women in the local community learned how to grow and serve nutritious foods to fight widespread malnutrition

Refugee Assistance in Greece
LMF made an emergency grant to a volunteer organization in Lesbos, Greece helping women and children fleeing the Middle East. The grant provided desperately needed food, clothing, items for hygiene and protection from the elements.


Light My Fire Helps Senior Women In D.C.More Hope For Senior Women
Light My Fire renewed its grant to New Endeavors by Women to provide housing to homeless women age 55 and older.

Helping Senior Women Escape Homelessness
Homelessness is a desperate problem for many people in D.C. including 1300 single women.  While a number of programs focus their efforts on homeless families, principally mothers and children, few address the needs of senior women who are alone in the world.  Light My Fire is making a grant to New Endeavors by Women to help launch a permanent, supportive housing program for 15 senior women aged 55 and older.

Giving Survivors of Trafficking a New Life
In Washington, D.C., girls and young women are trafficked by pimps, gangs, the police, even family members.  Becoming a survivor of trafficking is a challenge and requires support, services, a path to self-esteem and a productive life.  Light My Fire is providing a grant to Courtney’s House, an organization run by a survivor, to help it provide trafficked young women a new and better way to survive.

Empowering Girls Living in Affordable Housing
A Light My Fire grant to the Girlology Project of SOME (So Others Might Eat), a D.C. program that provides Family Housing for the homeless and hungry.  Girls living in these housing projects are often neglected by their own stressed families and are negatively affected by reality television and social media.  The Girlology Project provides these young women with workshops on life skills, self-esteem, and character-building and emphasizes ways to build positive relationships with peers and adults at home or in school.


Educating Refugee Children
A grant was made to a temporary school for refugee children on the island of Lesbos, Greece.  Instruction is in five languages and teachers are drawn from refugees in the camps.

Congo Sewing Project to Produce Hygiene Kits
Light My Fire is delighted to initiate a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo to teach girls and single mothers how to sew hygiene kits containing reusable menstrual pads.  The kits will be sold for very modest amounts of money in the target markets, thereby enabling the sewing trainees to open small businesses.

Training Girls in Uganda
Light My Fire has made a second grant to Marianne Vocational School for four training programs:  production of reusable menstrual pads, baking, craft-making, and tailoring.   For the first time the menstrual pad production will be located in schools so more girls (1000 – 2000) can learn the necessary sewing technique and can avoid absenteeism from school due to a lack of hygiene products.

Helping to Keep Girls in School in Uganda
Imagine missing 10 to 20 percent of your school experience because you are a girl.  Girls in Uganda who can’t afford commercial menstrual pads are sometimes forced to use newspapers, rags or corn husks during their menstrual period or stay home from school completely.  A Light My Fire grant to Marianne Vocational School will help to train school age girls to learn tailoring and to enable them to produce thousands of reusable menstrual pads for girls in their community.

Women Farmers in Rural Kenya
A third LMF grant has been awarded to Zawadisha which works in rural Kenya.  The grant allows Zawadisha to expand on previous training activities by training an additional 1000 women and incorporating entrepreneurship activities into their curriculum.  Among other topics, trainees will learn mobile banking through their cell phones, preparation of kitchen garden patches, water harvesting technology, and skills for setting up informal agricultural businesses.


Postsecondary Education in Malawi
LMF has provided a second grant to Student Driven Solutions in Malawi to fund loans to high school graduates from its Girls Empowered program.  The grant will help girls with scholarship loans for postsecondary training and academic courses.  The loans are to be repaid within five years and will be recycled to other select students.


Financial Literacy and Small Business Training in Malawi
LMF has provided a grant to Student Driven Solutions, an NGO in Malawi that educates young women, ages 15 – 25, in financial literacy and civic responsibility.  In its very first year it helped 68 of its 75 participants become small business owners.  This accomplishment is remarkable considering that only 13% of young women in Malawi are still in school and a third are married  by age 19.

Girls’ Internships in Kenya
LMF helped support internships offered by the Daraja Academy, a school for impoverished, high potential girls. The internships provide career development opportunities for girls as an alternative to early marriage. The internships are a component of the Academy’s high school to university transition program. LMF provided additional funding when Daraja opened the transition program to girls in the local area.


Financial Literacy in Uganda
LMF grants have twice brought financial literacy training to rural women, mostly AIDS widows, who have no background in budgeting, saving, record-keeping and enterprise development.  LMF expects this Job Training will lead some of these women to participate in mico-loan programs.

Agricultural Training in Kenya
LMF provided two grants to Zawadisha in rural Kenya to train women on the benefits of clean energy and water.  Women are trained in greenhouse management, soil conservation, livestock handling and appropriate technologies.  LMF applauds the work of local trainers who, once trained themselves, disseminated their knowledge to at least 1000 women through mobile phone-assisted learning


Reproductive Health Education in Guatemala

LMF brought reproductive health information to over 1000 indigenous young women in the highlands of Guatemala.  Due to cultural and religious taboos, Mayan youth learn little about reproductive rights and sexual violence.  LMF’s two grants to a local nonprofit, Mayan Families, have begun to change that.

Mayan Families

Sexual Violence Education in India
Through two grants from LMF, over 5000 Indian college students participated in workshops about criminal law reforms and how victims of sexual violence can report crimes and use the law to confront perpetrators.


Job Training in India

LMF contributed to a program offering an occupational alternative sex workers caught in the web of trafficking. The program prepared them to work in occupations such as handicraft production. Once these women grained new skills, LMF’s grant helped them find jobs producing retail goods.


Job Training in Haiti
A LMF grant helped some of Haiti’s most vulnerable HIV-positive single mothers. Several women were trained in computers and baking to prepare them for a place in the workforce.


Micro-loans in Uganda

Two LMF grants in rural Uganda helped a community organization start a micro-loan program.  Eighty women have been trained in basic business skills and granted loans to start small businesses in their community.

Micro-loans in Malawi
LMF’s grant helped women start businesses preparing and selling local snack food to long distance truck drivers and become responsible members of a new micro-loan community.  Mothers now earning even small amounts of business income are better equipped to pay school fees and provide their children with more nutritious food.

Girls’ education in Nepal
LMF sponsored an extracurricular course in Pokhara, Nepal, for disadvantaged teenage girls who learned for the first time about reproductive health, sports, public speaking and jobs in business and the public sector.

Agricultural Education and Production in Malawi
LMF provided two grants to women in Malawi to help launch agricultural production projects.  Breeding pigs and growing soybeans have resulted in new sources of food.  Additional LMF support helped these women purchase soybean oil machinery resulting in another source of income.

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