“If they apply and are successful,” says Spark International’s executive director Aaron Tait (pictured), “they will attend a five-day leadership summit, access a global network of changemakers and have the chance to access funding for community projects.”
What Spark calls the Accelerator is an intensive live-in workshop where participants access world class social entrepreneurship designed to help them focus on growing a non-profit or commercial business and accelerate the implementation of their ideas.
After the accelerator, participants receive training and support from Spark which connects them to experts who can help them.
Spark also provides small grants of $US1,000–2,000 for eligible changemakers to help launch and grow their organisation.
Spark Papua New Guinea is a registered non-profit company established by alumni of the 2011 and 2012 programs in PNG. The international organisation also works in South Africa and Kenya.
Spark receives its funding from foundations, individual donors and companies.
“We launched in Papua New Guinea in 2011 and some of the partners that we have worked alongside are World Vision, The Voice and Divine Word University,” said Aaron Tait.
“We believe that the best answers to poverty come when local leaders stand up with local solutions to local problems.
“We find exciting young leaders who are doing this and provide support for them through the Summit training network and the Fund,” he said.
With support from Spark, PNG changemakers have already put 324 children into school, created 43 jobs and given 1,000 people access to clean water.
If you want more information on the opportunities offered by Spark International you can link to its Facebook page here.