We are a Scottish charity partnered with the Malawian charity STEKA (Step Kids Awareness) to support STEKA''s ambition to build a Centre for Vocational Skills & Community Enterprise in Malawi. Together we create a space where marginalised and poverty experienced Malawians can get their voices heard and empower themselves to build sustainable futures by gaining the skills needed to build their own businesses and reduce their donor dependency.
In Scotland, we ensure our communities (especially young people) see beyond stereotypes of Global South countries and learn from their Malawian peers about resilience and community as well as structural inequality, so that they are inspired to join together to campaign for change.
STEKA is a grass roots Malawian NGO which creates sustainable
futures for homeless and vulnerable children and young people. It
is led by grassroots activist and social entrepreneur, Godknows and
his wife Helen, who campaign for children’s rights, gender equality
and against early marriage. Godknows is a survivor of human
trafficking and our work is driven by his mission to save children
from this fate, and help young survivors build positive futures.
Hear how this feels in Abigail's film .
As Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, only 1% of people can go to college, and only 11% can complete primary school, so however ambitious they are, many young people can’t get the skills they need to get work and are vulnerable to traffickers. Our ultimate goal is to develop and sustain a STEKA Centre for Vocational Skills and Community Enterprise where young survivors like the STEKA residents can take develop the skills they need to live sustainable, independent lives . Hear the vision here.