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.
Sparkle does not believe that pouring money continually into a project is efficient or effective in solving a problem. We work on an 80:20 initiative for all of our projects whereby 80% is funded by international donations and 20% is sourced locally by the community or staff.
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. This of course will require time, but we believe self-sufficiency will one day be achieved.
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 introduced 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 pioneering a Montessori qualification. Working hand in hand with the Montessori Centre International in London this bespoke training is specific to Malawi and concentrates on preparing the teachers to encourage the children to flourish as individuals, promoting the natural desire to learn.
The Early childhood programme mixes the Montessori vision with the Early Childhood Development structure to provide an educational, fun and creative English speaking environment for Sparkle’s 2-6 year olds. Children over six attend local Primary School and Secondary Schools in the morning and in the afternoon they come to Sparkle to attend workshops focusing on English, entrepreneurship, sustainability, critical thinking and leadership, IT and trade skills.
Our Sparkle Clinic is now certified by the Malawian Health Department and our medical team provide comprehensive clinic services to our Sparkle community. Sparkle offers assistance with malaria, malnutrition, psychological trauma, bereavement, illness, worms, physical injuries, HIV education and awareness, hygiene and sex education.
We have a permanent fully qualified staff nurse with over 50 years of experience working with vulnerable children and adults. Her experience covers all areas of critical care and together with our qualified clinician and experienced matron they ensure the health of our Sparkle community. She and her team conduct a thorough process, weighing, measuring and monitoring every child’s progress as they develop in the Sparkle environment.