Rev. Charles and Margaret Mumba began to reach out to orphans in Zambia through their local church in 2003. They provided food and school fees to children who had lost their parents from AIDS, but soon they could not meet all of the needs.
In 2005, Hope Fellowship Ministries of Ndola, Zambia officially began operations as a small non-governmental organization reaching out to vulnerable children in their community. Hope House orphanage and Hope Community School were their first two programs. When Spark co-founders met Charles and Margaret in 2006, they were receiving funding from some friends and relatives in the United States, but not enough to cover their costs or to expand to meet the needs of their community.
The Spark-Hope partnership was launched in 2007. In the last four years, Hope Community School has grown from 75 to more than 300 children. A new schoolhouse was built and dedicated in 2010. A new orphanage is home to 15 children full time with the capacity to double in the coming years. The staff of Hope Ministries has tripled in size, with more than 25 individuals from the community working as teachers, social workers, office staff and in other critical roles. Read more about the orphanage and school.