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Join Spark’s Associate Board in bringing light to student’s homes for our partners in Zambia, Nicaragua, Mexico & Chicago. Many of the students who are supported by Spark’s literacy & education initiatives lack electricity or adequate lighting in their homes; making it difficult to study & read after dark.


Students have been learning from home more than ever before due to COVID-19’s impact across the globe. Our goal is to provide solar-powered lanterns to students to help support their education outside of the classroom.


Help us continue to elevate vulnerable communities by ensuring that future leaders at Hope Community School, Las Tias, Entreamigos and I Grow Chicago have the resources they need to achieve their potential.

Each lantern is just $10.

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updated 8/11/2021



Spark Ventures is partnering with MPOWERD to deliver hundreds of solar-powered lanterns to our partners around the world. MPOWERD’s mission is to transform lives with thoughtfully designed, clean technology. Their innovative products give people the power of self-reliance, because they believe that everyone deserves to be empowered and inspired regardless of how or where they live.

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Over 450 students benefit from programming at Hope Community School in Zambia, most of whom go home to a residence without electricity. Hope’s students are receiving one of the best primary educations in the area and have maintained a 100% primary school graduation rate for every class since 2010. Only about 4% of the rural population of Zambia has access to power.

LAS TIAS // Nicaragua


Las Tias’ two thriving community centers provide meals, education, health care, and job skills training to over 150 youth annually. The beneficiaries of their support are some of the most vulnerable in their community, coming from unstable homes. Rural access to electricity is limited, creating a barrier for students to further their education after dark.



One of Entreamigos’ foundational pillars is community, “It is only in the discovery of the collective good, that we can move forward in a healthy and sustainable way. We are committed to working together, hand in hand and heart to heart.” When asked how many children in their community needed a lantern, Entreamigos had a very compassionate response. While socio-economic disparity and lack of resources are issues in San Pacho, they identified neighboring communities with even greater needs. Students and educators at Entreamigos will work together to create an outreach program that will provide lanterns to 40 children in nearby communities who live in homes without electricity.



I Grow Chicago identified at least 50 students who would benefit from having a lantern in their homes. Due to years of disinvestment and structural racism, many families in I Grow Chicago’s south side neighborhood of Englewood struggle to have their basic needs met. In homes without adequate lighting, the lanterns will brighten up any homework spot or reading nook.