Step Kids Awareness (Steka) home in the Archdiocese of Blantyre is wearing a new face courtesy of Missio Malta through the Pontifical Missionary Society (PMS) of Malawi.
Joan’s Craft Charity of Missio Malta provided funds which have been used to renovate and furnish the home currently accommodating 74 homeless children drawn from various parts of Malawi.
PMS national director Father Vincent Mwakhwawa said Missio Malta was moved to support the renovations and procurement of new apparatus for skills training at the children’s homes because of its uniqueness in supporting the development of vulnerable children.
“I am grateful for the support. The place looks transformed and conducive for the upbringing of a child,” said Father Mwankhwawa.
Apart from providing shelter and food to homeless children, Godknows Maseko and his wife Hellen also provide moral, spiritual and education support to the children at Steka Homes.
Archbishop of Blantyre Thomas Luke Msusa, who presided over the blessing of the buildings, commended the the Maseko family for their selfless love for humanity through Steka Homes.
“I am delighted with what I have seen here. This family is teaching children to be self-reliant; children are being raised holistically, not only spiritually, physically and morally but their skills are also sharpened through educational support to universities and vocational skills colleges,” said Msusa.
Steka director and founder Maseko commended the Archbishop and Missio Malta for the moral and spiritual support, which he said has helped them reach out to vulnerable children.
“I would like to thank His Grace Archbishop Msusa since he has been praying and encouraging us in all that we do here not forgetting the children themselves for their commitment to the work they do, they are self-reliant,” he said.
Steka was established in 2007 to take care of homeless children from the streets, abandoned and damped babies, and orphans that have lost both parents.
Over the years Steka has raised homeless children into independent and reliable citizens through various professional jobs and enterprises they venture in after graduating from Steka homes.