SPARK LOCATIONS

 

Christodoulio foster care centre

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,

          Yannis Yataganis

Agia Anna

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

community centre

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,

         Yannis Yataganis

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,

          Manos Karekos

SOS Village

in Vari

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

Spark Projects is registered in England with the Companies House (company number 11524316) as a charitable company. It has the registered charity number 1185912, and is additionally registered with the HMRC as a charity for GiftAid (HMRC charity reference ZD05751).