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Zambia: Our Founding Partnership

 

Through our partnership, Hope Ministries provides high-impact nutrition, education and healthcare programing to over 350 vulnerable children in Zambia.

 

At the launch of the Spark Ventures partnership, Hope served 70 children in a rented facility with no paid staff, no supplies, meals or health services. Today, Hope has a thriving campus serving over 350 children and their families year-round. Students often receive their only or best meal of the day here. They are tested and treated for malaria and other diseases, and they are receiving one of the best primary educations in the area. They have maintained a 100% primary school graduation rate for the past five years.

 

Spark has created over 50 jobs through partnership support, including agriculture jobs through a poultry farm business, launched to contribute profits back to the school.

 

In the past 9 years, over 280 Spark travelers have helped with leadership training, financial accountability, launched a computer lab, inspired hundreds of children through a reading program, and provided medical care through annual clinics.

"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%)."

"The programs and operations are designed so as not to perpetuate a dependency syndrome in the communities they are operating, but to make them self sustainable. As the African proverb states, ‘It takes the whole village to raise a child.’ In this case it is a global village."

Head Teacher Ng’oma - Hope Community School Spark Ventures Social Impact Partner, Zambia

Before (2006)

 

70 children

 

Rented facility

 

No meals, no healthcare

 

No textbooks, supplies

 

No paid staff

After (2016)

 

350 children

 

Campus with school & clinic

 

Daily meals, bi-annual clinics

 

Books, uniforms, computer lab

 

12 School faculty + numerous other jobs

 

Poultry farm local business

Impact Travel: Zambia

 

Experiences that are life-changing and world-changing!

 

Embark on an adventure that will expand your definition of community. Engage in authentic cultural exchanges and deep relationship building through Spark’s vetted, local partnerships. We empower travelers to use their skills and resources to do good.

 

Spark Ventures’ Impact Travel is leading the industry in travel for good. Our approach is culturally empowering, mutually beneficial and focused on lasting impact.

Plan your trip to Zambia today