Spark first partnered with Christodoulio in February of 2018, and we have been running a class of 10 primary school children since.
We also ran a small group of three middle school children, who just completed our program, and all passed a Microsoft Certification at the end of 2019.
Christodoulio is a small nonprofit foster center in Chaidari, Athens,
offering a home to around 30 girls who can no longer be with their families.
13 children, 2 classes
Teachers: Fotini Markopoulou,
foster care centre
We are now in our second year of partnership with Agia Anna, running two Spark classes weekly.
Agia Anna (Χριστιανική Στέγη Κοριτσιού Αγία Άννα) is a small nonprofit foster center
in Kifissia, Athens.
Agia Anna offers a home to around 25 girls who can no longer be with their families.
Agia Anna largely relies on grants from individuals and private institutions.
11 children, 1 class
Teacher: Panagiotis Psomos
municipality of Iraklio
We are now in the second year of our program to support children in welfare programs of Iraklio, Attiki.
Spark runs classes at the 6th Primary School of Iraklio Attikis (6ο Δημοτικό), open to all children in Iraklio's welfare programs, with remaining positions open to children of the 6th Primary School on a first-come basis.
The program would not have been possible without the help and support of the Deputy Mayor for Welfare, the city's welfare services agency, and the school's parents association.
16 children, 2 classes
Teacher: Panagiotis Psomos
SOS Villages’ after-school centre in Kipseli (Χωριά ΣΟΣ - ΚΕΜΠΥ Κυψέλης) opened in March 2019 to provide educational support and other activities to vulnerable families in Kipseli, Athens. There has been great response from the local community and the centre has grown into a hub for local children.
We partnered with the Kipseli centre in September 2019, and are running 4 weekly classes to some 40 children. We hope to expand this program in the future and even integrate it into the local community.
31 children, 4 classes
Teacher: Fotini Markopoulou,
Piraeus municipal library
This is an exciting pilot program to offer Spark classes at the Piraeus Municipal Library, open to children in Piraeus' welfare programs. The library houses a large computer lab maintained by the University of Piraeus, and we welcomed the opportunity to offer Spark activities there.
For this pilot, participating children came from a range of nonprofit organizations, specifically ΚΟΔΕΠ, Kivotos and the SOS Villages center in Piraeus.
We would like to thank the city of Piraeus, the Director of Culture, the Library Manager, and KODEP, for their support and substantial help in setting up, as well as the Dept. of Digital Systems at the University of Piraeus.
41 children, 5 classes
Teachers: Panagiotis Psomos,
In September 2019 we launched an ambitious program at the SOS Village in Vari.
Instead of splitting children by age, we created groups based on their SOS “families”, with many SOS “mothers” participating in the activities. We knew the challenges of teaching classes with children of varying age, but we believed in the benefits of turning our technology classes into a joint, family activity. The three classes are run sequentially on Saturday mornings, which creates a sort of “Spark time” across the village.
SOS Village in Vari is a foster centre, run by the greek charter of the international nonprofit organizations SOS Villages. It looks after children who can no longer be with their families, splitting them into "families", each with each one house and a dedicated" mother".
25 children, 3 classes
Teacher: Yannis Yataganis
PREVIOUS HOST ORGANIZATIONS
Schedia, in partnership with the municipality of Drapetsona-Keratsini, has built a program to fight social exclusion in children in Drapetsona.
In the spring of 2018, as part of that program, and in particular in order to help support teenage children-at-risk, we ran Spark classes for approximately 20 children
(at the time, Spark was a project under the umbrella of nonprofit Hellenic Hope). With the help of Schedia, we ran an intensive program to match the particular needs of the classes, aggressively adjusting the curriculum and using two teachers per class.
Unfortunately, the physical space available proved not to be suitable, and with a lot of regret we jointly agreed to discontinue the classes out of safety concerns.
Schedia is a non-profit organization seeking to improve the living conditions of marginalized social groups, defend children's and women's rights and promote artistic expression and experimentation as a means for social intervention.
16 children, 2 classes
Teachers: Panagiotis Psomos
For the school year 2018-9, we were able to partner Hatzikiriakio to run a weekly class of 13 middle school students.
Hatzikiriakio (Χατζηκυριάκειο Ίδρυμα Παιδικής Προστασίας) is a venerable foster care foundation in Piraeus, offering a home to 60 girls aged 6 to 18 who can no longer be with their families. Hatzikiriakio runs additional programs, including. support for their graduates transitioning to adulthood, and children-in-need living with their families and graduates.