Executive Director and Founder
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Implementing sustainable community-based projects through strategic partnerships in urban and rural communities in sub–Saharan Africa and the United States of America
Promote and support Bright Light Projects beneficiaries to become self-reliant and contribute positively to the development of their communities.
BRIGHT LIGHT PROJECTS
Bright Light Projects (BLP) is a byproduct of a musical Solidarity collaboration in 2012 written and directed by Jerry Cleo aka (DJ SKEEPER). This collaboration was later renamed “Houston Against Violence”. This was at the heart of the Boko Haram attacks in Africa and the Boston Marathon Bombing in the United States. BLP used the power of music to call attention to peace, denouncing violence in all its forms. About 28 different Artists and musicians from about 25 different countries came together using their talent to cry for peace. This project was endorsed by former Mayor Anisse Parker of Houston. BLP will continue and is using music as a tool for advocacy and sustainable Development.
October 03, 2015, BLP with other partners organized the first-ever diaspora response to the deadly Ebola crisis that hit West Africa in 2014. Concert for Ebola Relief in Maryland rallying friends of Africa, the diplomatic community, Artists, and musicians to raise funds that benefited Doctors without Borders and the International Medical Corps. Music is a catalyst for social change and sustainable development the world over. At the cornerstone of BLP’s success is its ability to build strategic partnerships with organizations championing specific humanitarian needs.
In 2017, BLP produced and released Africa for Ebola orphans Album a four-country musical collaboration (Cameroon, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, and Sierra Leone) highlighting the voiceless voices of about 12,000 children orphaned by the deadly Ebola virus. In 2016, BLP Executive Director Franco Bonghan traveled to Freetown Sierra Leone, and organized Africa for Ebola orphans Concert at the Brima Attouga Mini Stadium which was a social therapy program for Ebola orphans and survivors in about 5 different communities in Freetown. Inspired by Music, BLP is Implementing cost-effective community-based projects through strategic partnerships providing sustainable programs to both urban and rural communities in Sub –Saharan Africa and the United States of America.
BLP is built on the idea of giving vulnerable persons a HAND-UP, not a HAND-OUT. Skills development and capacity building is our best bet at rebuilding broken communities.
THE AMAZING PEOPLE BEHIND BLP
Chair of Social Works and wellness
Chair of Public Health, Policy & Administration
CEO, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Consultant
Chief Operating Officer
(Board Chairman) Director of Fundraising and Resource Mobilizatio
Committee Advisory Members
Community Development Expert