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Organizational Profile
SYNOPSIS
Increasing dysfunctional families are creating a child safety crisis in Malawi requiring urgent remedial response by all concerned citizens. Step Kids is a notion emerging from family breakdowns that result in second or third marriages caring for kids couple has not begotten. Frequently the treatment of such children is unacceptably inhuman and in certain cases brutal. The resultant effect of such a scenario in Malawi is a growing number of homeless or what is popularly known as street kids. Their characteristic features are begging, destitution, nakedness, homelessness and starvation. Consequently, such kids are raped, dehumanized, sodomised and traumatized by unscrupulous adults who make a living through immoral practices.

Malawi faces the ever-increasing challenge to restore marriage and family relationship as one way to create conducive environment for the safety, care and growth, hence well being of vulnerable children. Typically, the family must revert to its legitimate functions of meeting economic, social, moral, educational, safety and spiritual needs of children. Parental care, upbringing and social protection are built on family or parental love. On the other hand families lack the capacity to support children in the modern society, which is largely a cash economy unlike in the traditional family times when the agrarian society depended largely

on sustainable though subsistent agriculture economy particularly for food selfsufficiency. Tragically, step and other vulnerable kids are resorting to criminal acts as juvenile delinquency has increased thereby threatening peace and national destiny. Essentially, this is emanating from the children's lack of parental guidance, support and early training that guarantee child development especially cognitively, morally and socially. Unfortunately, this tragedy is affecting Malawi's leadership and development potential. Children form about 60 percent of Malawi population. The future of the country rests with these children. Destroying their moral and spiritual fibre means creating a chaotic society that will be self-destructive and guaranteeing worsening scenarios of underdevelopment.

Foundation of the Organization


STEKA(Step Kids Awareness) is aregistered non-gavernmental organisation under Trustees incorporation Rules on charity number TRIINC:3069 (Child Reform and Development Assistance Sector)Founded and based in Malawi .It has a

agovernance Structure consisting of Nine trustees and five full time staff who work as volunteers. The Organisation established and operates Development Child Reform and

Centre(CREDEC)in the city of Blantye in Nyambadwe township.The

Centre operates using resources donated by well wishers and from money generated through tailoring works done by the executive director and other staff volunteers. The sore purpose of STEKA is to respond to Child abuses in Malawi that drive children into risky behaviours or become victimised by Adults.Street/Step kids are primary target groups that face increasing incidences of Child Abuse be it trafficked,sexually,physical,pychologically and otherwise. The centre subquently

impart life skills or relocate the child where possible. The centre operates in compliance with Malawi National plan of action for opharns and vulnerable children.

Establishment of the Centre


In 2007 Felix starker a Missionary volunteered himself to assist in raising funds for STEKA after learning from the media that STEKA members conducted a very long distance big walk of about 900km in which the general public didn't give kindly towards this precious initiative thus despite massive media coverage

towards the big walk. Felix decided to cycle to South Africa to raise funds for STEKA (Step Kids Awareness) he raised $8000 through cycling from Blantyre to South Africa - Pretoria, the funds raised were donated to STEKA for its Child Reform and Development Centre (CREDEC) project that rented a house in Nyambadwe Blantyre to shelter first children that arrived on the 51hAugust 2007.

Godknows Maseko the Executive Director of STEKA and Helen his wife was first chosen by the board members to be the parent as pioneering the CREDEC project as Mr. Maseko is the vision holder and it's the intention of STEKA to expand and build its own premises that will carter for more activities for these kids. Currently the house has other activities that includes a child evangelist who tutors our children once a week, helping them to pray, worship and understand the scriptures. We also have a volunteer an after school teacher to assist the children with their homework.

SOLUTIONS

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In a strategic response to the plight of children, STEKA ORGANIZATION .has taken upon itself the responsibility to offer lasting solutions. The organization's approach to restoring normality in family life is unveiled through the following hierarchy of organizational purposes:

Vision

The vision of STEKA is creating a child friendly, healthy and safety conscious society characterized by social progress, economic self-reliance and moral ethics that enhance transparency, integrity and accountability within an ecologically

balanced environment

Mission

To deploy empowered families for the creation of caring societies and a child friendly environment that is ecologically balanced.

Organizational (Corporate) Objectives The organization is established to accomplish the following objectives: -To establish and run reform centers for provision of shelter, accommodation, spiritual counseling, food and parental love, a child occupational development, welfare and rehabilitation operations (CODWERO) at strategic child development centers (SCDCs) and operate child workers training institute (CWTI) to produce competent service providers for vulnerable children with the requisite planning and administration skills. -To advocate and lobby for adequate legal frame work for child rights protection Justice and safety.eg child trafficking, child labour. -To provide health services in the areas of child nutrition, primary healthcare, and community based health care as well as address mv/AIDS pandemic, counseling services and food production in an attempt to ensure that the well being of children is guarded. -To create and operate HOTLINE TELEPHONE services (JITS) to offer emergency phone -in reports of children in danger to enable STEKA to prevent child abuses in the areas of trafficking, sexual exploitation and, child lab our. -To offer nursery, primary, secondary, and technical education linked to vocational skills to promote blue collar jobs as a strategic way to fight economic poverty among growing street, step and other vulnerable children like orphans -To offer disaster and relief aid services to children in disaster situation.

Organizational (Corporate) Objectives The organization is established to accomplish the following objectives: -To establish and run reform centers for provision of shelter, accommodation, spiritual counseling, food and parental love, a child occupational development, welfare and rehabilitation operations (CODWERO) at strategic child development centers (SCDCs) and operate child workers training institute (CWTI) to produce competent service providers for vulnerable children with the requisite planning and administration skills. -To advocate and lobby for adequate legal frame work for child rights protection Justice and safety.eg child trafficking, child labour. -To provide health services in the areas of child nutrition, primary healthcare, and community based health care as well as address mv/AIDS pandemic, counseling services and food production in an attempt to ensure that the well being of children is guarded. -To create and operate HOTLINE TELEPHONE services (JITS) to offer emergency phone -in reports of children in danger to enable STEKA to prevent child abuses in the areas of trafficking, sexual exploitation and, child lab our. -To offer nursery, primary, secondary, and technical education linked to vocational skills to promote blue collar jobs as a strategic way to fight economic poverty among growing street, step and other vulnerable children like orphans -To offer disaster and relief aid services to children in disaster situation.

-To have environmental degradation programmers as one way of creating good environment for growth of the child

Strategies 4.1 Creating an administrative Centre being the Secretariat of the organization for planning, organizing, management and coordination of its activities throughout the country. Forming an Executive Committee to undertake the day-today tasks of the organization reporting to Board of trustees as the Governing Board. Creating Strategic Child Development Centres at the Grassroots level for impact and comprehensive response to child maltreatments. Undertaking organized Fundraising Activities to meet budgetary demands for development and operational costs. Affiliating to local, regional and international institutions that are pivotal for institutional development necessary for achieving strategic success in the areas of integrity, accountability, and transparency. Setting up Regional Council for Child Protection and Development (RCCPD) that will be critical for regional integration in Child Safety Management (CSM). Establishing and operating an Institute for Childcare and Development Studies (CDS).

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Core Values Members of STEKA share common values that hold them and the organization together. These are listed below; ~ Child Safety

Vision-driven levels

Leadership at family, church & national

Courage & Risk Taking

Purpose Commitment

~communication

Human Dignity

~Child ~performance

Development and Organizational Excellence

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Childcare -shelter, clothing and beddings. Child Security- Protection from social and natural risks/hazards. Child Feeding-Nutrition and food production. Child Education. Nursery, primary, Secondary and tertiary. Child Rehabilitation- Vocational skills training, job placement. Child Normalization-Socialization, reinstating back into society and family re-union. Advocacy: for legal justice, rights and $~fety of chih;Jren. Environmental conservation: tree planting program me,

6. Achievements
-We were able to coordinate well with the Police in handling different cases regarding Street Children. -All the Children at the Centre are behaving well and have good manners due to parental care that exist in the house. -We have been able to sustain our activities at the house with assistance from well wishers. -Currently STEKA is taking care of 28 children of which 87%of them are from the streets of around Blantyre,9%of them are dumped children some whom was dumped when they were 2months old and 4% are the children who are orphans.

Challenges
-Lack of enough food to feed the Children -We are failing to accommodate a lot of Children from the streets due to lack of resources -Some Children left us and went back to the streets with reasons known to themselves -Lack of capacity building trainings for Parents anq Volunteers at the Centre to enable them manage the Kids properly i.e. psychQsocial counseling trainings. -We have not been able to conduct recreation activities and education visits due to inadequate resources.

7. Future Plans
-To start profitable Income Generating Activities that will enable the House sustain itself. -To introduce Music, Sports and skills promotion (Art) -To build our own small village that will accommodate a lot of Kids and introduce different activities at that Village.

HOW TO CONTACT STEKA: Step Kids Awareness (STEKA) P~O.Box 31391, Chichiri, Blantyre 3 Telephone:+265 01831642 Cell:+265 0888524125/09957~e99 Email: steka2007@hotmail.com/ god knows. maseko@gmail.com Wedsite:www.steka-malawi.pJ9gspot.com

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heather tatusko

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Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11 :35 AM

HEATHER. I had board meeting on 13th November where i told the board members that we might have posibility of having children individual sponsors.AII the board memebrs were happy with the development and they further advised me to open a separete account for this for good minitoring otherwise if it will mix with other projects it will be affected so they said this if all goes well it have to be specific for the children and we should not use the money for other projects so the account have already opened and this is the details Accound name:CREDEC STEKA (this name means children reform and developement centre) Account no:0080575259018 AccountSaving Bank:NBS BANK Branch:Haillie Sellasie And they said i have to be one of the signatories and no one can withdraw the money if there will be my signature and others are three board members. Heather how is your life?hope you are all doing fine and here we are all fine now we are out of chicken pox its a history. Godknows

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