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Work in Zambia

Working in Zambia

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Hope Ministries provides high-impact nutrition, education and healthcare programing to 350 vulnerable children in Zambia. Through Hope Community School students receive a quality primary-school education and a regular daily meal. Hope House Orphanage houses 15 children with full residential services. And, bi-annual clinics (reaching over 300 children) provide regular check-ups, including malaria testing, deworming medication and other medical treatment.

Hope Ministries was founded by Charles and Margaret Mumba who began to reach out to orphans in Zambia in 2003. They provided food and school fees to children who had lost their parents from AIDS, but soon they could not meet all of the needs. In 2005, Hope Fellowship Ministries of Ndola, Zambia officially began operations as a small non-governmental organization reaching out to vulnerable children in their community. When Spark co-founders met Charles and Margaret in 2006, they were receiving funding from some friends and relatives in the United States, but not enough to cover their costs or to expand to meet the needs of their community.

The Spark-Hope partnership was launched in 2007. Over the course of our partnership, Spark Ventures has moved Hope Community School from a rented facility serving 60 children into their own 7 classroom schoolhouse. The staff of Hope Ministries has tripled in size, with more than 25 individuals from the community working as teachers, social workers, office staff and in other critical roles.

Spark Ventures instills transparency and consistent collaboration with our partner organizations via multiple, ongoing touch-points, including: weekly calls, monthly reports, quarterly visits and an annual audit.

Bi-annual clinics provide (among other medical attention) regular de-worming medication. This cost- effective treatment has been shown to improve school attendance by 7.5% and increase the long-term earning potential of beneficiaries by 20%.

"Hope Community School boasts a 100% primary school graduation (compared to a national average graduation rate of 88.5%)."

Through an innovative social investment in 2011, Spark Ventures launched a poultry farm that now endows high-impact educational programming for our social-impact partner in Zambia. This poultry farm transforms charitable capital into a permanent social investment, endowing long-term social impact.

Spark Ventures plays a major role in the farm’s success, providing critical business planning expertise, while prioritizing a commitment to local employment and capacity building. Raising and selling 75,000 chickens annually, the farm’s structure ties economic returns to the community programming of Spark Ventures’ grassroots Zambian partner, leveraging the social impact of the initial investment exponentially, and in turn, employing roughly 50 members of the local community.

Check out a tour of the poultry farm here.

Our Social Investment: Hope Ventures

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