& the STEKA Centre for Vocational Skills & Community Enterprise
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STEKA gift godknows
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STEKAskills is a Scottish charity partnered with the Malawian charity STEKA (Step Kids Awareness) to create a brave space in which we build real solidarity between communities in Scotland and Malawi to bring about sustainable social change.
Together we empower marginalised young Malawians so that they can get their voices heard and build sustainable futures by reducing their donor dependency and helping them gain high quality employment.
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 people can learn the skills they need to set up their own businesses and earn their way to safe, sustainable futures. Hear our young survivors talk for themselves in our 4 minute film .
We plan to sustain the Centre and create quality jobs for marginalised Malawians through our innovative alternative to voluntourism. The STEKA Dialogues. Find out more about how it empowers young Malawians and transforms young Scots on our Youth Dialogue page.