By working with local communities and engaging with international skilled volunteers, our aim is to create small-scale sustainable projects, which will trigger large-scale change in Malawi and in the near future, communities worldwide.
As a social enterprise Sparkle does not believe that pouring money continually into a project is efficient or effective in solving a problem. A two year timeframe is set on initiatives before they must become self-sufficient.
The Malawian model needs to be replicated by individuals, communities, and countries who can use their natural resources, ideas and experience in addition to Sparkle’s help, to create their own version, without the need for long-term donors.
Sparkle’s vision is long-term sustainable impact. The Sparkle model incorporates three main themes and pulls on the best expertise in the field to ensure we make the greatest difference.
Our registered Public Health Nutritionist leads our health and nutrition programme. In January 2017, we will introduce health evaluations of all children in our project, which includes body measurements to identify and treat children at risk of malnutrition, and a nutrition education programme. We offer a minimum of two nutrient and energy dense meals each day and continuous access to clean and safe drinking water to all children in our care. What’s more? We are growing our own food to widen the variety of options to our children including locally grown, nutrient rich ingredients straight from the garden.
With our UK educational specialists and more than 100 years’ combined teaching experience from volunteers on the ground, Sparkle is currently creating a British and Malawian curriculum which focuses on entrepreneurship, sustainability, critical thinking and leadership. English, IT and trade skills during our afternoon classes help ensure children can develop job pathways by the time they reach 18. All Sparkle children over six attend local Primary and Secondary Schools in the morning. The Early Childhood programme mixes the Montessori vision with the Malawian Early Childhood Development structure, to create an educational, fun and creative English-speaking nursery environment for Sparkle’s 2-6 year olds.
Using international qualified volunteers and online teaching resources Sparkle Malawi provide comprehensive first aid training to local team members. With a basic medical clinic on site, Sparkle offers assistance with burns, simple illness, malnutrition, worms, sickness, psychological trauma, bereavement, HIV education and awareness, hygiene and sex education. We have access to an ambulance service for emergency cases and a partnership with a local clinic and their on-call doctor to diagnose and treat any children. Sparkle works with YONECO, a local NGO which specialises in rape and violence. The Malawian Health Department partnered with Sparkle to provide a nurse once a month to carry out voluntary check-ups and administer any necessary vaccinations.