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Visiting the USA: Investing in Our Partners

Exciting things are happening at Spark--both for our team and for our partner organization, Hope Ministries! Three of our friends from Zambia have come to visit us in the U.S. for a unique cultural exchange. We invest in our partners on multiple levels, not just...

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23 October
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  |   Allowance for Good, community programs, girls, nicaragua, partnership trip, report from the field, social good, travel, women's empowerment   |   No comment

Guest Blog: Reflections on Reciprocity

Karin Scott is the Program Manager at Allowance for Good. She recently returned from traveling with Spark Ventures and Allowance for Good youth to Nicaragua on our August Partnership Trip. Karen wrote these reflections on day 3 of the trip, and agreed to share them...

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12 August
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  |   Allowance for Good, community programs, education, nicaragua, nutrition, partnership trip, report from the field, social good, spark ventures, travel   |   No comment

So, what did YOU do on your summer vacation?

The students from Allowance for Good and other youth who joined us for our August Partnership Trip to Nicaragua are leaving a powerful impact on the lives of the children they met at Las Tías. The trip, as with all Spark Ventures Partnership Trips, incorporated lots...

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11 August
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Youth in Nicaragua, meet youth from Chicago!

Our Partnership Trip to Nicaragua this August is unique - in addition to travelers who have been part of the Spark Ventures community for years, we're also traveling with 10+ travelers from Allowance for Good, a fabulous Evanston-based non-profit we have formed a powerful partnership...

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08 August
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  |   #girleffect, community programs, education, girls, healthcare, partnership trip, public health, report from the field, social good, spark ventures, travel, women's empowerment, zambia   |   No comment

Sharon’s Transformation Story

Transformation stories are important to the fabric of our partnership trips in Zambia. During this segment of the itinerary, we highlight one of the students at Hope Community School and allow our travelers to get a glimpse at life outside of Hope - and to...

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22 July
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The Warmest Welcome from our Zambian Friends

Our first full day in Zambia began early and (as always) was filled with learning, dancing, and eating with the children and staff at Hope Ministries. Upon arrival at the Hope campus, we were greeted with a joyous welcome program. Staff and students alike enjoy...

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16 July
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News from Ndola!

Before our partnership trip participants arrived in Zambia, Spark CEO, Rich and Finance Manager, Marcia, met with our partners at Hope Ministries and at the Poultry farm to carry out a financial audit and take care of other Spark work. They also spent time preparing...

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15 July
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…And They’re Off!

After months of planning and preparation, the time has finally come! Spark CEO, Rich, and our Finance Manager, Marcia, have bid farewell to America and are finally on their way to Zambia for our July Partnership trip. Although our 14 trip participants won’t be arriving...

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08 July
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Launching an Agribusiness in Nicaragua

*Updated May 2020. Please note that the most recent information regarding our farm initiative in Nicaragua can be found here.   We are at a critical phase in our launch of the Nicaraguan agribusiness, so I was in the country for a few days last week. Lucy,...

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08 July
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