Providing 350 Children Better Education & Health Care
One Day's Wages is very excited to partner with Spark Ventures to provide 350 Children in Zambia access to better education and more comprehensive health education and care.
We are releasing the first $10,000 upfront to provide uniforms, shoes and textbooks, and our hope is to match it for a total of $20,000 to cover the cost of two health clinics and HIV/AIDS education throughout the school year. Through your support and generosity we can help empower these children and their community.
Who is Spark Ventures?
Spark Ventures is a Chicago-based nonprofit that partners with grassroots NGOs in developing countries that focus on child nutrition, education and health care. Spark strengthens and sustains these partners by providing resources and support. They are currently partnering with Hope Ministries, which operates a community school and an orphanage in Ndola, Zambia.
First Phase of our Partnership
We are issuing a grant for $10,000 upfront to Spark Ventures to cover the cost of uniforms, shoes and an additional 840 textbooks (140 for each of six subjects) across grades 1-7 at Hope Community School. Zambian law requires that students wear costly uniforms to school, which prevents many students from attending. By employing local adults to make uniforms for the children, Hope will meet the children’s needs and help stimulate the economy in the community. Additionally, shoes will lower children’s risk of developing intestinal worms and infected cuts on their feet, and increase their school attendance. Teachers will learn to use textbooks in their teaching and engage students in class discussion and interactive learning with textbook-to-student ratios of 1:4 or lower.
Why Health Clinics and HIV/AIDS Education?
Good health is an essential condition for children to succeed academically, and to prevent the spread of infections and disease. Semi-annual clinics at Hope Community School include a basic health evaluation for each child, treatment for intestinal and skin worms, instant malaria testing and treatment as appropriate, and other necessary diagnoses and treatments. Deworming treatment provided during these regular clinics has been shown to decrease infections by 23% and improve school attendance by 25%.
Early HIV/AIDS education enables Hope’s students to dispel misinformation about the virus and provide an opportunity to answer students’ questions about risks, contraction, treatment and symptoms. By giving students a forum where HIV/AIDS is treated as a topic for discussion rather than a source of shame, Hope Ministries is working to remove the virus’ stigma by spreading good information and fostering understanding. This is especially important in a school and community where nearly every family has been affected by HIV/AIDS. This project will strengthen the school’s HIV/AIDS awareness program through arts-integrated curriculum to help students make connections between their lives and the educational material.
Second Phase of the Partnership
ODW is partnering with Spark Ventures to fund the upcoming semi-annual school clinics and the HIV/AIDS program for 350 children. The school year’s first clinic will take place in November during the wet season, and will record age- and gender-appropriate benchmarks, including BMI for age, a measure approved by the World Health Organization. The November clinic will also focus on treating children for ringworm contracted during the rainy months. The second clinic will take place in May during the dry season and will again track appropriate benchmarks to show any growth and/or improvement in the children’s health. The May clinic will give special focus to treating children for intestinal worms commonly contracted during the dry months. Such treatments have been shown in various studies to be a very effective way of keeping children in school.
Funds raised through this matching grant commitment will support:
- Staffing for the two 3-day clinics including local Zambian doctors and nurses stipends
- Malaria testing kits and medications to treat infection
- Medications to treat stomach and skin worms (very common seasonal ailments
- Other clinic supplies and materials
- Year-round HIV/AIDS education programing
Under the leadership of Zambian doctors and nurses, Chicago nursing students routinely participate in Hope’s semi-annual clinics and help answer questions, share knowledge and forge relationships with Hope staff and students.
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