Nancy O’Leary sits on the Spark Ventures Board of Directors, and since she first got involved with Spark Ventures in 2007, she has been one of Spark’s strongest ambassadors. She traveled to Zambia with Spark in 2008 and 2009 and is joining Spark for a third Transformation Trip in June. She took a moment to speak with us about her experience with Spark Ventures, Hope Ministries and, of course, the children.
After over 100 applications, 10 serious candidates and 3 interviews, we hired Joann Chen as our first full-time Program Director. Her responsibilities include Child Sponsorship, Transformation Trips and support for other partner development initiatives—including the Zambia poultry farm. Joann started in January, and we are now getting a chance to highlight her to Spark friends and investors.
Over the last three months, Spark Ventures’ partner, Hope Ministries, has seen incredible progress. Read about the children moving into a new orphanage facility, progress on the Shelby Goldstein Schoolhouse, land for a new poultry farm and improved metrics and accountability for measuring our progress at helping vulnerable children achieve their potential.
64% of Zambians live on less than $1.25 a day which makes basic needs for school, like a uniform, a luxury that not all can afford. Uniforms also provide a quality learning environment and an element of dignity and sense of belonging. For just $10 you can purchase a set of two uniforms for a child in Zambia.
Between the recent "Madison Ignites a Spark" event and the "Rockford Igniting Hope" event, over 60 people attended and 15 children were sponsored! That means 15 children in Zambia will continue to receive food, education and basic medical care because of the $25/month sponsorship.