Step Kids Awareness (STEKA) has received a total of 800 British pounds (about K770, 000) from a well-wisher towards its plans to build a vocational skills centre in Lirangwe, Blantyre.
STEKA’s Executive Director, Godknows Maseko, said an individual from Glasgow, Scotland, Anna Gilleard was able to assist after she saw their plea on their website.
“Gilleard visited the country for two weeks in August to see for herself STEKA’s objectives and envision how she could be of assistance. That is when she went back to Scotland to try and fundraise as much as she could to help with the project,” he said.
Maseko further explained that the organisation does not allocate how to spend the donations unless they are advised by the donors.
“We initially do not allocate the purpose of the money. We let the donor make the decision on how we should spend the donation. Now the donor specifically said this money should be used to start working on the music block; therefore, we have gone ahead with the donor’s wishes,” said Maseko.
So far, the foundation is geared to start construction works and some materials have already been bought with the money it had received from Gilleard.
“No more time had to be wasted, that is why the building had to be immediately started with the resources we have. But this being a big project, there is still a lot to be done. More assistance and donations will be needed,” he added.
STEKA recently sounded a ‘Save Our Souls (SOS)’ to well-wishers to help them construct a vocational training centre in Lirangwe.
The goal for the institution which assists orphans from across the country is to equip the youth with skills they could later use as entrepreneurs.