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Two Fun Stories

It’s been an action packed few days, and we’re now in Livingstone after a short trip to Lusaka to see the farm. I’m excited to share two of the best stories from the past couple days! It turns out you can buy absolutely anything from...

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21 January
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Goodbyes in Ndola

Today was a bittersweet day as we said goodbye to the staff and students at Hope Ministries in Ndola. Tomorrow morning we'll drive to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, to see the poultry farm that Spark helped to launch in May 2011 and that has...

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19 January
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Surprises Are the Best Part.

After a rather structured morning that took us around Ndola to see and learn about the effects of colonialism, slavery and HIV/AIDS, Jamie, one of our trip participants, and I were certainly feeling a bit weighed down.I find that it's precisely in these moments when...

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17 January
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Best Quote So Far

Margaret, who used to be the manager of a major bank, is the deputy director of Hope Ministries. She is also a tall and wonderfully hilarious woman who has consistently had the best one-liners on every single trip I've taken here.Half the time I feel...

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15 January
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Rowdy Kids, Bright Futures

Although in Zambia education is supposedly free from Grades 1-9, costs for school fees, uniforms, books and supplies add up to the point that many students cannot afford to complete even this level of basic education.To ensure that Hope's Grade 7 graduates (who have performed...

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14 January
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Change!

I love when I get to provide training workshops to Hope staff during my trips here. It's always fun and educational both for me and (hopefully!) for the staff as well.Today I gave a workshop on managing change that was an absolute blast. I've found...

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12 January
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Heartbreak vs. Inspiration

One of my favorite things to do when I come to Zambia is to record what we call Transformation Stories. These are stories of children in incredible and challenging circumstances who are steadily transforming their lives through education and the support of Hope Ministries.Today, Pastor...

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10 January
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Joann vs. Jet Lag

For most people I know, jet lag means waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep. For me, jet lag normally means sleeping twice as much as usual, which has made the past day here a bit...

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08 January
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New Year, New Trip!

Hello Spark friends! It is so exciting to start 2012 off with a trip to Zambia! After leaving the US on Thursday evening, I arrived in Zambia this morning and had a smooth and (relatively) restful trip. It feels great to be back in Lusaka,...

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07 January
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New Shoes at Hope School!

  Although the school year has ended for the students at Hope Community School in Zambia, the children were eager to return to their school during their December break for a very special event - to hear their test scores for the year. This event is...

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27 December
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Two Days, 253 Children

The lack of health care for children in Zambia is one of the most difficult challenges this country faces. For that reason, we help to facilitate a clinic twice per year for all students and staff at the Hope School. This November was the first...

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22 November
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We Are Spark

We can do more together than we can alone.We are proud to announce our 4th Annual Fall Event, “We Are Spark”! You are invited to attend this unforgettable event on Friday, November 4th. Expect cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, live performances, inspiring video and plenty of...

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05 October
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A Day about Progress

Hi again all! Yesterday we had another day of beautiful weather, enthusiastic kids and new experiences. The main stop of the day was at Hope's former school and orphanage, two rented buildings that Hope used before it built the Shelby Goldstein Schoolhouse and the new...

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21 July
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