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Village Banking in Ndola, Zambia

Our partner in Zambia, Hope Community School, continues to expand their reach to support and empower members of their community. Recently, they started a new community empowerment initiative called "Village Banking". The program is educating and empowering members of the community to understand and attain...

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17 June
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Nicaragua Farm Initiative

Back in 2014, Spark Ventures laid the foundation to begin a new agribusiness in the beautiful mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua - the El Tuma Farm. Made possible by many generous Spark supporters, the farm has expanded into 170 acres and has employed numerous local workers. The following...

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27 May
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Staying Connected: An Update From Spark Ventures And Our Partners

A message from Spark Ventures' Executive Director, Kristin Schrepferman:   Dear Friend of Spark,            My thoughts are with all of you, your families, and people around the world who are struggling during these difficult times. Our lives have changed and we face challenges we...

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27 March
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How Zambia Shaped His Identity: Quinn Leach

For the past ten years, North Park University has partnered with Spark Ventures and Hope Community School. Every May, North Park students travel to Ndola to facilitate a 3-day health clinic for the students of Hope School. The clinic is meant to assess and treat...

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19 September
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Las Tias Update

One year after the political demonstrations erupted in Nicaragua, Las Tías is stronger than ever! We spoke with Candida, one of Las Tías' directors, to gain some insight into what life was like in the midst of the unrest and what's happening now that it's...

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19 March
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A Wanderful Giveaway!

  We've collaborated before with the intrepid ladies over at Wanderful where their goal is to empower women travelers to explore the world and to connect with each other. We're all about experiential travel and making powerful, personal connections. So, we were thrilled when they reached...

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01 March
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Nicaragua Thrills – See for yourself!

When people ask us about Spark Ventures' business driven philanthropy model or the impact this model has on hundreds of children in Nicaragua and Zambia, we often find ourselves saying at some point in the conversation: "Come and see for yourself!" Last week we had...

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17 February
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Welcome Arnold, Spark’s New Program Manager!

We are thrilled to announce the newest member of our team, Arnold Duijzer! To help you (and us!) get to know Arnold a little better, we had a little Q&A session with him.     Where are you from and what did you study? I was born and raised in a...

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12 January
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Round Two Travelers

What's better than traveling with Spark to engage with our partner organizations? Traveling with us twice!   It seems that some Spark supporters have been bitten by a very specific travel bug...

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01 December
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Visiting the Adolescent Center

Participants on our Nicaragua partnership trip do more than just see the sights--they interact with our partner organization, Las Tías, and the children the organization serves. In doing so they are able to gain an appreciation for the impact of programming for children of all...

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01 December
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