About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

African children flourish when given a home, love and care.

Malerie Pratt

Vima Lupwa Home


After working as a volunteer with children in Zambia in 2005, Malerie Pratt, a college student and native of Bend, Oregon, realized that something needed to be done to help African children in vulnerable and abusive situations. After returning to Bend she and Marlena Bellavia co-founded a non-profit organization called VIMA LUPWA HOMES and raised funds to build the first family home, not an institution, for abused and abandoned children in Luanshya, Zambia. The first VIMA LUPWA HOME, Lupwa meaning “family” in the Bemba language, not only gives these children a loving family environment to live and grow up in, but also provides education, medical care, leadership economic opportunities, and environmental awareness that facilitates self-sustainability for these children, the family, and their community.

I would love the opportunity to give the Central Oregon community a glimpse into Zambian cultural and the daily lives of the kids that live at the VIMA Lupwa Home. It has been my honor and passion to watch these children, who came from tragic abusive situations, grow into healthy happy Zambian children.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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