Pilot Light Foundation
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About Us

The mission of The Pilot Light Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people living in extreme poverty, in Africa, through sustainable income. We strive to create a solid foundation for future generations to build upon. When individuals can support themselves, they can establish a sustainable and thriving community for generations to come. Lasting self-sufficiency, secure interdependent communities, and self-determination are all that we hope for our future. We build resilience by working on the relationship between the individual and the community. Pilot Light’s focus is on building the framework to enable individuals and communities to have financial sustainability. There has been a shift among organizations that work to alleviate poverty towards focusing on education and sustainable living. The old ways of simply giving aid were not working. Communities have stayed dependent on ongoing aid when there is no plan for self-sufficiency in place. The idea of the pilot light is that we will light a small spark that can grow into a larger fire, after we are gone... We are very proud that 100% of donations made go directly to the funding of projects.

Support projects that promote economic self-sufficiency.

Our programs provide the tools and skills that enable people to better support themselves, their family and their communities.

Work With Local, Grassroots Partners

Local involvement provides insight to tough problems and ensures partnerships through all stage of implementation.

In-person Verification of Projects

We travel regularly to our projects to ensure fiscal verification and efficiency.

Our Work


Light a Spark!

Founder's Blog

Transparency and inspiration through the touching field-stories, photos and live-news from abroad. Pilot Light Foundation’s Executive Director and Founder Carol Levy keeps you updated and shares her personal experiences through her engaging daily blog during her travels to visit Pilot Light projects.

  • Today we are leaving on our annual trip to visit Pilot Light projects in Africa, currently Rwanda and Uganda. We would love to have you come along, by following my

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  • In Africa, you can find classrooms, meetings, meals and just about anything happening under a tree. It is there that we met the two remarkable young people highlighted below…
    After three

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Our Partners

We work with local partner organizations throughout Africa to curate projects and programs, provide funding, and support our beneficiaries through direct oversight and decades of regional expertise. Learn more about our valued partners here!