STEKA becomes Malawi’s first Keepod Point

STEKA has become Malawi’s first official Keepod Point! The kids are loving the easy to use android platform and there is full internet access for the kids, any future volunteers and keepoders. Keepods and custom made laptop/tablet bags will be for sale from STEKA soon! Keepoders can use their keepods at STEKA for a small fee which will go towards the children! Check us out on their Facebook page:

http://facebook.com/keepod 

       

Ndirande Flood Assessment

On Tuesday 3rd March 2015 a group of young people from STEKA children’s home visited the community of Ndirande, to carry out an assessment of the damage following the heavy rains earlier in the year. The young people were accompanied by Godknows Maseko (Founder, STEKA), Pastor Banda (Child Protection Officer, Office of Social Welfare) and Caroline Grace (Founder, For Their Future). The report that follows is written by the young people of STEKA children’s home…

We children at STEKA (Step Kids Awareness), after observing how the heavy rains had affected the people of Malawi, felt that we should not just stay without doing anything, but should assist (what we can afford). After observing that the people who are assisting are only helping elders, we felt that as children we should assist our fellow children as well. So as a starter, with the little that we have, we decided to focus on 10 houses in the community of Ndirande.

Firstly, we visited Ndirande in the location of Zambia, where we met Anne Yakobe, aged 11 who is in standard 5 at Nyambadwe Primary School. She lost her father five years ago and her mother is chronically ill (suffering from cancer). The house is in a serious condition and needs to be rebuilt immediately. The family are lacking school materials, food and clothes.

Secondly, we visited Lucy and Taweni (in the same location). Taweni is 14 and schooling at Nyambadwe Primary School, Lucy is 13 and attending Chitsime Primary School. The family are in need of school materials and the house needs to be rebuilt. No-one in the family has an income.

Thirdly, we visited Philip (in the same location). Philip is 15 and attending standard 7 at Chitsime Primary School. Philip is in need of school materials and for his home to be rebuilt. Philip is currently sleeping at his uncle’s house where he feels very uncomfortable.

Fourthly, we visited Chimwemwe and Jennifer (in the same location). Chimwemwe is the first born of 12 children and dropped out of school when she was in form 1. Chimwemwe has a 4 year old child but would like to complete her secondary education. Jennifer is the second born of the same family and also dropped out of school in standard 8. Jennifer has a 3 week old child but would also like to complete her education. The father of Chimwemwe and Jenifer works as a guard and is supporting a total of 21 children and grandchildren. He cannot afford to rebuild his house.

Fifth, we visited Naomi in the location of Kachale. Naomi is 3 years old and attends Chembekezo nursery school. Her father works as a tailor but struggles to support his daughter who is in need of food, clothes and bedding.

Sixth, we visited Steve Gunde (in the same location) who is 2. His father is a hardware keeper but struggles to support his son who is in need of bedding and clothes.

Seventh, we visited Gracious Matekenya (in the same location) who is an orphan living with his granny, who sells sand for a living. Gracious attends a nursery school but needs bedding, a mosquito net and food.

Eighth, we visited a family of 3 children in the same location. The first born in this family is 13 years old and attending standard 6 at Chitsime Primary School. The second child is 9 years old and in standard 3 at the same school. The third child is 2 years old. Their mother sells biscuits and sweets to earn a living. The children need food, soap, bedding and for their house to be rebuilt, as they are currently staying with a neighbour.

Ninth, we visited a family of 5. The first child is 20 years old but is not staying with the family. The second is 19 and in form 3 at Ndirande Hill Secondary School. The third is 15 and in form 1 of the same school. The fourth child is 5 years old and in standard 1 at Makata Primary School. The father died and as well as needing to rebuild their house, the children need books, pens, school fees and clothes, as their mother is struggling to support them.

Tenth, we visited a family of four children. Two children work selling meat and two children attend school. Stephano is in standard 5 at Makata Primary School and Simon is in standard 8 at Ndirande Hill. The children need clothes, food, books, pens and bedding as well as having their house rebuilt.

Report written by Chikondi, Dorothy, Sandra, Gracie, Getrude, Chiyembekezo and Gift

After assessing the needs of these 10 households, the young people at STEKA had a meeting and agreed to assist the children of these homes, by asking well-wishers to provide resources and funds. They would like to raise a total of kw800,000/£1200/$1800. The young people at STEKA were shocked by the extent of the devastation of homes and business properties in Ndirande and would especially like to support Anne Yakobe (the first house to be visited) by renovating her home. The young people of STEKA would sincerely appreciate your support to improve the lives of those children suffering current hardship in Ndirande. Please contact us at STEKA if you would like to provide a donation. All donated items will be distributed on Saturday 4th April 2015.

House OneHouse One

House TwoHouse Two

House ThreeHouse Three

The remaining living space at house fourThe remaining living space at house four

The area that was formally houses 5, 6 & 7The area that was formally houses 5, 6 & 7

House EightHouse Eight

House NineHouse Nine

House TenHouse Ten

June 2013 update

Friends and Family of STEKA USA,

I am in the process of meeting with a dear friend who has agreed to help me register STEKA in the USA as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit! I will update you on this progress as I get more info.

Godknows and Helen are in the process of purchasing the rest of the Maize they need to last through the rest of the 2013 year (special thanks to Grace Central Presbyterian- Columbus, Ohio, USA for making this goal a reality)!

Both sides (Malawi & USA) are very excited about the new partnership between Steka Children’s Home in Malawi and Grace Central in the USA.

If you live in the USA and would like to make a tax-exempt donation to STEKA Children’s Home, checks are payable to “Grace Central” with “steka” in the memo line. Contact heather.tatusko@gmail.com for mailing info & questions!

Love & Many Thanks from STEKA Children!

gretrudeandAndrew Gertrude & Andrew

godknowsandAndrew

Fun with Dad 🙂

newhouse

new view of permanent STEKA home

 

Grace Central Presbyterian (Columbus, Ohio, USA)….grace changes everything

Grace Central Presbyterian (Columbus, Ohio, USA)....grace changes everything

Grace Central Presbyterian (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
“grace changes everything”

http://www.gracecentral.org/shortnorth/

STEKA USA has been blessed tremendously over the past several weeks with the support of Grace Central. Recently, (end of May2013) the missions board agreed to start supporting STEKA on a regular basis! We are very excited about the on-going relationship that has started between STEKA and Grace Central.

More info coming soon!

Innocent Aug 2012

Innocent Aug 2012

Innocent passed away in his home village mid-April. He was sent home due to behavioral problems that were affecting the other children. His family didn’t tell Godknows he was sick, they only notified him after his death. We will miss Innocent greatly…he was a spunky kid who loved music!

recent photos from STEKA

 

stekaUNITED_futbol2013

 

STEKA United Futbol (soccer) team!

zikomo_loveSTEKA

Love from STEKA children! ZIKOMO means THANK YOU in chichewa. Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped make STEKA’S dream of owning their own land and home a reality!

Godknows & some of the STEKA children in front on their new home with Solar power!

 

Godknows and some of the children outside of their new house with solar power!

$300 USD for security doors!

Now that Godknows, Helen, & the children are in their permanent residence they must address security needs. There was a recent robbery at their new home but thanks to GOD everyone is safe & only some electronics were stolen.

Godknows has looked into getting protective outer doors for their new residence and found a total cost of $300 US dollars for 5 security doors that will go on the outside of the already existing doors.

Can you provide a donation to help Godknows purchase one door @$60? Contact heather.tatusko@gmail.com!

SOLAR POWER ON!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making STEKA’s move in dream come true! As of Feb 25th 2013 Godknows, Helen, & the children are moved into their permanent residence and solar power is on! Godknows passed along this scripture that I think everyone should read!

Steka has no  private or government funding and is mostly self sustained so donations are ALWAYS WELCOME! contact heather.tatusko@gmail.com for more ways to be involved with this life changing children’s home!

PSALMS 41:1-13

1 How blessed is he who considers the helpless ; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. 2 The LORD will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth ; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. 3 The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed ; In his illness, You restore him to health . 4 As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” 5 My enemies speak evil against me, “When will he die, and his name perish ?” 6 And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood ; His heart gathers wickedness to itself; When he goes outside, he tells it. 7 All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they devise my hurt, saying, 8 “A wicked thing is poured out upon him, That when he lies down, he will not rise up again.” 9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me. 10 But You, O LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up, That I may repay them. 11 By this I know that You are pleased with me, Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me. 12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever. 13 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

 

STEKA’s Permanent Residence (help them move in!)

only a little over $1000.00 US dollars is needed to complete the instillation of solar power, making the new home safe for the STEKA family to move into! Can you help us reach this goal? Contact Heather Tatusko to learn about donating to this amazing children's home working to save street children in Malawi!
only a little over $1000.00 US dollars is needed to complete the installation of solar power, making the new home safe for the STEKA family to move into! Can you help us reach this goal? Contact Heather Tatusko 614-579-6173 to learn about donating to this amazing children’s home working to save street children in Malawi!

Godknows Maseko will be informing us any day now on the health inspection meeting and any other needs that might be needed at STEKA! visit his facebook page for daily updates

https://www.facebook.com/godknows.maseko